My dad, who has a degree in education and works as a career counselor at a local college, will not properly use bold, italics, or underlining when writing email messages. Instead, he INSISTS on CAPITALIZING certain words for EMPHASIS throughout his WHOLE MESSAGE.
Parents, teachers, bosses, and the general old people population are terrible with technology.
Growing up, my Dad was the techie of our house; we always had the latest sound systems and televisions available. When it came to portable, personal music devices, I had top of the line products (cassette player, Discman, mini-disc player, mP3 player) thanks to him. So last Christmas I decided to show my appreciation by buying him an engraved iPod nano. I figured since he used to enjoy his transistor radio as a teen, cassette player as a young adult, and Discman as an adult, he'd love the user friendly iPod. On Boxing Day, I sat down with my Dad and began describing how easy it was to put music on his iPod. I said "First you download iTunes. Then you buy music either with a gift card or your credit card. Then you sync the music to your iPod by plugging the cord into your computer." He didn't even get through downloading iTunes before he set the iPod to the side, jumped up from the table and said "I can't do it...this is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE!!" and walked away. My brother now uses the engraved iPod as a backup.
My girlfriend was creating a report and created a different word document for each section. When she realized that she needed to include page numbers, instead of combining them into one document she proceeded to print out 96 pages with only the page numbers on them. Then, insert the pages back into the printer and print each document on top of them.
I work at a furniture store, and sometimes I'm asked to ride shotgun on one of the delivery trucks. The driver is in his 50's and a bit eccentric. Each truck has a flip-open cell phone to communicate with the store, and this driver is often worried he's missed a call. But instead of looking for the little envelope icon to indicate a missed message, he insists on opening the... Read More » phone and starting to dial a number just so he can listen for the "message waiting" beep. Or better yet, often he will call the store to see if they called us, just in case.
My dad has had an iPhone for quite some time now. No matter how many times that I tell him otherwise, he thinks he can only use safari on it if he turns his personal hotspot on. He also thinks that turning it on will somehow boost his signal. He even has my stepmom log into his hotspot to use the Internet even though she too has an iPhone and hey have a shared data plan.
Ian Ostby |
So I'm teaching my mom how to use email on her computer. So she's sitting in the desk chair and I'm standing over her shoulder. I say, "Ok, so turn on the computer". She goes, "Hold on." She then stands up, goes to get pencil and paper and proceeds to write down "Turn computer on". I say, "You did not just write that, did you?"
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