The term “predigital generation” or “pre-digital generation” refers to the totality of all people whose birth took place before the period of widespread diffusion of digital technologies and who had lived their childhood and youth before the time of digitization.

This age group has not experienced digital technologies as a natural part of their environment from the beginning of their lives. Rather, the last “predigital generation” has perceived digital change and digital transformation as a fundamental change accompanied by the need to learn new knowledge, skills and abilities.

The antonym of the term is “digital generation”.

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The definition given above was proposed as part of the Digital Era Framework by Dr. Dr. Jörn Lengsfeld. The text was first published in: Jörn Lengsfeld: Digital Era Framework. Please refer to the original publication if you want to cite the text.