Are you aged fifty or over? Baby boomer or older?
Do you think you have more trouble than younger people grasping all the new technology?
Have you humbly asked a young person for help, accepting the not-quite-concealed sneer as if you maybe deserve it?
Well, you are not inferior and certainly not dim.
Older people have trouble with the new technology because it is designed to exclude them. Deliberately? I'm not quite sure.
But look at my new Android tablet. Just a small black rectangle with a screen. If you peer through your glasses, you find a few irregularities on the side. No nice clear on/off switch, of course. But if you press for several seconds on a particular portion (that you can't quite see, mind you) something starts to happen. And even that delay in response is a potential problem. Machines are meant to respond instantly, not after several seconds during which time the potential user of the technology has already pressed hard on several other areas of the edge and maybe the screen, trying to make the damn thing do something.
So why have on/off switches become tiny and usually coloured black on black? Why is nothing labelled on and off, but in code instead? Its effect is that sharp-eyed young people (as we all were once) can see it, and highly intelligent, sophisticated and knowledgeable people are humbled. The designers of these things are young - look at the sort of words they use - they scream juvenile. Google, Yahoo. Even sillier ones that I can't think of right now. And 'blog.' I dislike that word; it is ugly on the ear. But a young person chose it and now we are stuck with it.
Things are 'intuitive' these days. Myself, I prefer logic. I have a washing machine, maybe 10 years old. It is called 'Fuzzy Logic.' There is a lot that is fuzzy in the way it performs, but I have yet to find much that is logical.
The VCR that only the kids could work. Maybe because it's on the floor and older knees won't bend so easily to see the miniscule controls. But only older people have VCRs any more - we are not so quick to throw things away when they still work. The DVD, again with all the tiny symbols black on black - or if you're lucky 'off-black' for contrast. Mobile phones. You just cannot buy a mobile phone that's easy to work. Instead, they'd rather charge a fortune for a gadget that has a multitude of things that are not wanted.
We are older people, fifty and over. Our hair has gone grey. If we were gorillas, we'd be 'silverbacks,' respected for our maturity.
Instead, the world likes to denigrate us.
But be proud. Probably all of those grey-haired people in the picture opposite do use computers, most will use smart-phones and a lot will even use tablets and androids and Kindles.
They may have tried to exclude us from the new technology that surrounds us,
but they have not succeeded.
This silver-back is writing a blog, has manipulated a picture to make it more interesting, and once I've finished here, I'll check, (online, of course,) to see how my book sales are going.