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.
Burned on image.
My dad is pretty tech saavy and loves having all of the newest gadgets to play with. My mom on the other hand cannot work an iPod/TV/Laptop. This leads to my dad constantly trying to explaining things to my mom about new purchases. A few months ago he bought a new 3D tv and warned my mom about leaving the same static image up for too long. He said that it could permanently burn into the screen and ruin the TV. I suppose he thought my mom understood until I was home last week. Aside from the new 3D TV my dad also has a projection screen television that we have had for years. I had just put on a movie on the projection tv and needed to run upstairs to grab something so I paused the DVD. I didn't make it 5 steps before my mom yells at me "Don't you know that you are going to burn an image onto the TV!! I tried to explain that you can't burn an image into a projection screen but she just kept saying your father told me! (this happens often) Ughhhh
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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