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.
That's what the cord is for...
A few years ago, my younger sister had been asking for an iPod and ended up getting the latest nano as an 8th grade graduation present. I went away to college that fall, and when I came home for winter break I asked her how she was liking it, since I was considering buying a new one. She told me she "didn't really use it." I was confused, since she had REALLY wanted it, so I asked why. She said it didnt work. Upon further investigation, I discovered that she had taken it out of the packaging, turned it on, and when it immediately shut off (because it had no battery), she assumed it was broken. Somehow, even though she had seen me using my iPod for years, she didn't understand that you have to plug a new iPod into your computer and charge it for it to work... Keep in mind, this was also over 6 months after she got it.
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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