I should note that these friends are all 39-ish *grin* and I do believe that the lack of access to personal computers in the formative years has a big impact.
But I see another issue, one that has interested me all of my life, and that is the differences, or similarities of art and technology. My Mother was an artist, primarily painted in oils (portraits, still life) and the Father I grew up with was an engineer. I learned quickly that art was about creativity, imagination without borders. While engineering/technology was about fixed dimensions and laws of physics. When I worked for a video game company it was accepted that programmers (engineers) and artist simply didn't get along, and communications were burdensome, fraught with misunderstandings. I stepped into that and found I was able to communicate effectively with both camps (no doubt as a result of my home life ;').
Another thing I noticed was that artists had a much harder time learning new tools, and I was delegated to training them. Seeing a talented person struggle with a tool, getting down in the foxhole with them and wrestling with the different concepts until they have a grasp and then seeing them produce some wonderful content is one of the biggest rewards I have experienced in life.
So I find myself stumbling onto another issue: How to allow creative, imaginative art to be expressed with the least intrusion of 'engineering'? I hope to have an example soon…