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.
They'll figure it out!
My mom and I were out shopping when she was asked to sign up for a store's email list. After asking the cashier 20 questions about what kind of emails she would receive and when during the week she would get the emails because she can't check her email at work (apparently she thinks that if you don't check your email within a certain amount of time after its sent it disappears??) she gave them her email address ending with .com. As we were leaving the store she realized that she had messed up and it actually ended with .net. She then tells me "oh well, they will figure it out!". After spending about 5 minutes trying to convince her that they will not indeed "figure it out" and that they won't even know that the address was incorrect, I finally gave up and told her she was right. If she asks me later why she isn't getting the emails I'm going to tell her that they must send them while she's at work. Evil? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely!
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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