Digital technology ‘the platform for the next generation’

During the pandemic, the advent of Zoom and other video-conferencing platforms allowed the philatelic community to connect ‘like never before,’ according to B.C. collector Darin Cherniwchan, the chair of the British North America Philatelic Society’s Digital Philately Study Group.

Digital technology’s impact on modern philately has been widely felt across the hobby over the past two decades as more collectors begin to understand the potential benefits of computer-based tools and resources. Instead of serving as a death knell, technologies such as smartphones and social media “are the platform for the next generation of philatelists,” according to Darin Cherniwchan, a nearly 30-year physician from Chilliwack, B.C., who spoke at CAPEX 22 this June. “When you look around at stamp clubs and stamp shows, the median age is probably 70 years old, but that’s always been the case. The age-old question is, ‘What’s going to happen to the next generation?’” Continue reading →

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