I think most people do get set in their ways from around middle age on personally. Be it things like clinging to technology, or their political beliefs become set etc.jason10mm said:The real question is whether or not peoples tastes change as they age/mature, or do they tend to cling to the tech of their era and get left behind as younger generations adopt new tech.
Your point about expensive home theater set ups etc. is a little different. Some people are just into movies and music and not into the technical side of it and don't care about having high end equipment etc. I don't think that's really related to age, beyond--as you note--that you have to be into a career and making decent money to afford it. Point being that's not really an issue of whether one is comfortable with technology or not, as it is whether one really cares about screen size, video quality etc. Personally, I'm big into movies and prefer watching on my 50" HDTV--but I'm not a video/audiophile so I don't have (and will never have) top end equipment.
I do think there's some generation gap on the portability thing--as discussed above younger people tend to be out and about more and thus have more use for portable gadgets. I also think there's something there with the rise of Youtube and other short video streaming sites etc. I think attention spans have shrunk and younger generations are more used to bouncing around to a bunch of different things--watch a short video rather than a whole movie, then surf the net a while, then listen to a song or two (rather than a whole album). Life's gotten a lot faster paced with a lot more multi-tasking and younger generations seem to embrace that more. Even only in my 30s I notice how much more comfortable my college students and younger friends are with that kind of pace compared to myself.