n. The tendency for young people to be increasingly more adept at technology than their parents or elders.
The notion of the "cyberkids" who can compute circles around their clueless elders has become a stereotype. It's even sparked new jargon: the "generation lap" recently defined by Wired magazine as "the overtaking of baby boomers by their more technologically savvy offspring."
'It's not a generation gap; it's a generation lap. Gen Xers are lapping their elders in terms of their superior technological knowledge,' says Heather Neely, a Palo Alto management consultant who conducts workshops to help companies manage Gen Xers.
We're shifting from generation gap to generation lap as kids flash by their parents on the track, lapping them in many areas of daily life. This generation of Net-savvy kids, quite frankly, doesn't trust its parents' ability to drive fast enough in the wired world.