As a guy in his mid-twenties, I believe I am pretty clued up on current technology.
I own 3 laptop devices, one desktop computer and an iPhone. However, like many of my friends: my parents and older siblings are a tad lost when it comes to new technology.
It’s interesting that in this day and age that with the wealth of knowledge available (through the Internet, television shows and even young people) that older people still cling to old versions of computers and phones. Perhaps it’s the familiarity or maybe they don’t like learning a new skill? Whatever the reason, there are a ridiculous amount of older people who are either afraid or too stubborn to learn.
…you can go home with a computer that has the memory of a goldfish…
This said there are still students who have no clue as to what to look for in an operating system. Generally if you look at reviews online you’ll find help in finding that perfect computer. High street stores frequently showcase expensive hardware that is marketed to give you the greatest experience. Unfortunately if you don’t know what you are looking for, you can go home with a computer that has the memory of a goldfish.
Computers have leaped in power in the last decade, and with the hardware becoming smaller it’s even easier to adapt your lifestyle to walking around with a paper thin laptop. However, what we don’t expect as the clued up generation, is to teach the older what we believe to be the very basic principles of ‘using a computer’.
…it will simplify their life…
So the next time an older family member asks for a hand give it to them. Tell them about the tech that’s available and how it will simplify their life. It may make yours a little easier in the long run.