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21-year-old got ‘thought-provoking’ questions after teaching crypto to old folks


When helped senior living house The Preston of the Park Cities approached Owen Robertson to hold a course on crypto, NFTs, and the Metaverse for their homeowners, the 21-year-old didn’t anticipate how rapidly they’d detect the complex subjects. 

Speaking to Cointelegraph, the Quai Network marketing partner, board member of the Mccombs blockchain effort, and visitor speaker at the University of Texas stated he was more than excited to help when he was very first approached to put a class together.

“A senior living community has almost no exposure to the crypto ecosystem unless their grandchildren tell them about it.”

The 21-year-old discovered that throughout the lecture, homeowners were primarily peaceful as they learnt more about a market that even the professionals have difficulty staying up to date with, however in the end, he remained pleased with how quickly some guests got the complex subjects.

“I got some thought-provoking questions at the end from the residents wanting to learn more about the technology, which was awesome to see.” 

The Preston of the Park Cities uses a wide range of activities through their Watermark University program, from knitting, music treatment; standard workout, and physical fitness to gardening, yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation.

However, the concept for a lecture on crypto, NFTs, and the metaverse is a fairly brand-new addition to their lineup.

Debra Dickerson, Director of Community Life at The Preston at Park Cities informed Cointelegraph that a person of the primary objectives was to aid homeowners enhance their general digital security.

“In the current news cycle, we are often seeing stories about these subjects but even I have a hard time truly understanding what each of these entities is.”

“We wanted to bring in an expert to provide a basic understanding of these concepts while also making them aware of the dangers technology can bring, how to identify internet scams looking to take advantage of seniors, and how to improve overall digital security.”

Robertson stated he desired to run the course as he understood that seniors are frequently “extremely vulnerable to scams.”

“So I wanted to ensure that, before talking about the positives in the later sessions, I covered all of the negatives such as the numerous hacks and exploits that have happened over the years,” explained Robertson. 

“After hearing the lecture and my recommendations, the residents concluded the risk outweighs the potential benefits, which was the point of the class,” he added.

Twitter response divided

Despite Robertson’s good intentions, the reaction on Twitter was somewhat polarized, with some airing concerns that he may have been swindling the senior citizens, while others, who were there, were won over.

Regardless of what the crypto community has actually stated about the course, the homeowners appear eager to find out more, states Robertson. 

“The residents seem very interested and are looking forward to participating in the next two classes taking place this summer,” said Robertson, adding he’s already been asked to teach two more classes, diving into more specific topics like the history of Bitcoin, NFT’s and the Metaverse.

“My hope is that gradually, education about the initial worths that Bitcoin and Quai were established with will assist deepen the general public’s understanding about the innovation and make it more friendly.”

As a bonus, attendees will even get to walk away with their own NFT of the selfie taken in the first lesson.

Pictured: Owen Robertson’s ‘selfie’ that will soon become an NFT