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.
So we have recently gotten a universal remote for out TV and DVD and such, and it has taken some getting used to, but me and my Mum's boyfriend get it easily. My Mum's boyfriend is younger than her, and pretty tech-savvy, so its not that surprising that my Mum cannot get the thing to work, even when she's trying to do something as simple as turn on the TV. Just today she wanted to watch something she had recorded, and she was trying to get us to show her how; she managed to pull up the recording (with my instructions) but started yelling when I went into the other room because she couldn't get it to play. I came back in and looked at her strangely because it was clearly playing. I realised she meant that she couldn't get it to go fullscreen (because the recording only showed in a small box), and I pointed out to her that there were instructions along the bottom of the screen, one of which was red button - fullscreen. I grabbed the universal remote, pressed 'red', and ta-da, fullscreen. She just grumbled and said "Yes because OF COURSE that was REALLY obvious." I realise that my Mum's getting pretty old when she can't even follow something that I find relatively simple.
Jen Rahim |
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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