kathyn wrote:I believe the youth would have the hardest time without the technology. For them, it's always been there. I'm old enough to remember not having a tv, a microwave or a private phone line. I would really miss my computer, though.
This is an interesting point... who would suffer most?
Younger people may use technology more for entertainment and social interaction, but older people rely on technology more for day to day necessities including water, food, health care, emergency services, etc. In other words, if we revert to a "low tech" society the entertainment and convenience aspects of technology may be the least of our concerns.
Young people can generally handle more physical difficulties and tend to be very adaptable... bouncing back from all sorts of things. I'm not "old" yet, but long past the point where I could bounce back from just about anything and not be affected long term physically or psychologically. If I had to live an agrarian lifestyle without internal combustion engines (for example)... it would take some "adjusting".