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.
But they're really good address labels.
In 2000 I took my old desktop (Windows 3.1 OS) to my mother's house. One so I could play some of the old game when I was visiting, two so during family reunions and visits, the younger kids can have something to play on and lastly to try to bring my mother into the 20th century. Since she does not have cable (the cable company still does not have service in her area after living there for over 30 years), we had to use a dial-up service, so most of the time no one ever bothered getting online. At most my mother used the computer to play solitaire and print out address labels for the Christmas and birthday mailing lists. Each time I went to visit, I had to show her how to modify the list in MS Word, how to send the document to the printer and how to align the label paper. In 2003 she told she used the money I sent her for Christmas to buy a laptop so she could email me when I was at my duty station and when I was deployed. All she has used the laptop for is to play solitaire and print her address labels.
Ron Padavan |
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?"
Logan D |
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