Technology, the Beguiling Friend
A couple of years ago, my eight year old (at the time) grandson asked, “Grandma, how did you learn all that technology?” He was trying to be kind because my skills with computer, smart phone, and tablet are limited. Still I fumble my way through.
The question came back to me recently when a friend who has not wanted a cell phone decided it was time to get one. That’s when I thought, ‘technology reaches out and snags you.’ That’s how it happens. So I do have an answer for how I learned the technology.
I didn’t want to be left behind and left out. I was still working when computers started to gain importance and they have not become less necessary. They may not have made life simpler but they have made it possible to track way too many things.
I digress. Our first computer was an Apple 11e. It wouldn’t have come close to the capabilities of the most basic smart phone, yet it could word process and more and more programs were developed to “make work easier.” No internet, of course. Then came the Apple MacIntosh, much easier to use but still not internet compatible. The first computers (by now the schools used PCs) to connect to the internet that I used were at the school where I worked. My son, in grade 8 or 9, searched Chocolate Chip Cookies in innocence. Up popped the page of a well-endowed, ummmm, woman of ill-repute and of course, black. A foreshadowing of all the evils that the internet and social media would make possible.
It just kept growing. Now I have two tablets…my old iPad is, like me, slowing down. It can do all I need if I just give it time. My smaller Samsung E was a “gift” from Telus. All I used them for is scrolling Facebook, writing the odd email, occasional reading of the Edmonton Journal and the rare book I download from my library. I do some on-line banking, I pay some bills on-line. The scary thing is if you have not kept up at all, you are truly left behind.
And BEWARE the senior selfie.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.