There’s some debate on whether or not we do indeed have a digital divide (another one) between generations.
The biggest difference (imo) is that genx-ers and millenials have been brought up in a hands-on environment. They learn by doing because they were allowed to learn this way in formal education. Boomers were not allowed to ‘play’ with things, they followed instructions and learned first, applied second. Put this person in front of a pc and they don’t want to touch it. Then you have the super young kids who’ve had a few different mobiles (for example) and they know the quickest way to learn how to use a piece of technology is to play around with it.
This is obvious in a generational context but it has little to do with age. My own sexagenarian Dad has no problem adapting (but then he comes from a hands-on, engineering background).
In answer to the question: is the net generation unique? Of course. ‘Humans are humans’ indeed but attitudes change, and culturally as well as technologically we live in a different era. Thank goodness teaching and learning has progressed so much in just a generation