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.
Someone, I don't remember who, decided it would be a brilliant idea to give my 79 year old granmdmother a digital camera for Christmas. (worst idea ever) I worked for a photo company for over a year. So naturally, on Christmas day someone appointed drunk me to the task of getting Nana set up with her new gadget. I was able to show her some basic functions like on/off, shutter button, flash and trashcan. I told her that for anything else she'll need to read the manual to figure out, as I've never used this model before. Fast forward to last weekend, I'm visiting for a family dinner. My grandmother pulls out her camera and begins lecturing me about how I didn't teach her right and "none of these stupid symbols are in the manual" and "they don't tell you anything." I pull out the booklet and open to a chart listing every icon and what they do and begin to explain that if she would just read "left to right and top to bottom" all her questions would be answered. She doesn't believe my point that "I'm sure the camera companies wouldn't put a symbol on the product without telling you what it means somewhere." Instead, she got mad accused me of withholding information from her and said "I think you're just being difficult!" then went to her room and sulked for an hour. I think most grandaughters would feel bad for making thier nana cry. But really, I'm just thankful she was too flustered to jump back into the customary pre-dinner "you should find a nice boy and drop out" lecture.
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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