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Technology hinders expertise, senior lawyers say

Older attorneys tend to believe that traditional work processes have more value because they build expertise

The intent of technology is to make work and life quicker, easier and more efficient, but it also can have a detrimental effect on users.

The advent of newer, “better” tools presents a problem among the generations, as more senior people often feel that the “traditional” way of doing something has significant value because it helps them to better learn their profession. Therefore, the argument against technology is that while it makes people quicker, it gives them less expertise.

“It’s an age-old problem,” says Cam Marston, a regular speaker and consultant on generational matters. “At one point, the older generation viewed the slide rule this way. Now, they’re viewing technology this way. It’s seen as a quick way around a time-honored process that makes you an expert.” 

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