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Old 06-11-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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While running my business i found that older people only used it for email to keep in contact with grand kids, etc. Other than that - no interest.
Yep:i know dozens who have no use for it at all by their choice. they only got cellphone for its safety benefit mostly.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Can relate to both types of people
(those who eschew the internet & those for whom the internet is integral part of life),
because I have "mixed feelings" about technology,
both curiosity-fuelled enthusiasms & aversive phobias.

Until ten years ago, I'd never been online-and didn't buy a computer until 2004.
Didn't get DSL (and start watching videos online) until 2011-
and I still don't have a cell phone, just a landline
(a person may be retrograde in one domain, yet contemporary in another).
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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More like "59% of seniors refuse neural transceivers, still insist on typing and speaking."
We'll also be the ones not living through surrogates. We will actually go out into the word and not stay in our pods all day and night.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:55 AM
 
Location: New York City
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A lot of people of a certain age don’t know how to type and are unwilling to try. I used to temp at a very high-end Manhattan law firm. We had senior partners who refused to turn on their computers. They had email, but a secretary had to print out the messages and the attorneys would dictate a response. It was a ridiculous waste of time. Nearly all of those partners will retire five to ten years.

Apple products, especially iMacs and iPads, are very popular with an older demographic because they’re user-friendly and have a lot of training options. Facetime is the killer app for people over 70. It’s hard to get them interested in online banking, but they love to video chat with grandchildren.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Our closest newspaper is a weekly publication [not my town but an adjoining town], they have no website, no email, no web presence at all.

I find that after moving to this rural area, a great many businesses are not online.
The small weekly paper here not only has a website but if you'd prefer to surscribe to the digital version you can. I've thought about it over the paper one since its easier to read the online version. The ones that want to stay alive will have to adjust.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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If we are still using google glasses then it will be seen as funny. Already they are working on contacts.

I am one of those told by my doc never to use contacts again. So there will always be a marked for the glasses unless we change the eyes too. Three surgeries later the good thing is I don't NEED the contacts now.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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The small weekly paper here not only has a website but if you'd prefer to surscribe to the digital version you can. I've thought about it over the paper one since its easier to read the online version. The ones that want to stay alive will have to adjust.
If they stopped printing, they would lose their customer base. Not very many of their customers are online.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:07 AM
 
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I fail to understand why it is so important to the "youngsters" that the "old" people don't want a computer. There are people who prefer to live in a house while others like apartment living. There are people who drive SUVs and others love their mini-Coopers. Some people like to vacation at the beach while others love the mountains and camping.

The problem as I see it is the youngsters have no patience when teaching an older person how to use a computer. I have experienced it in my own family. If I ask one of my techno-smart sons how to do something, he'll sit down, tattoo a couple of keys and say, "It's easy." But I have no idea what he did! I realize it's very hard to do something s-l-o-w-l-y when much of it is muscle-memory. And the elder has no idea how to even turn on the damn thing while they're being told how easy it is to sign-up for Facebook!!

Also, it must be taken into consideration that many of the elderly are in nursing homes, or suffering from some form of dementia - Alzheimer's or stroke-related - or have limitations with using hands for typing. If a senior doesn't want to connect to the 'net, so be it. As long as they haven't stopped anyone else from doing so.

And e-mail has become nothing but lame jokes forwarded and rumors (unfounded) circulated willy-nilly. Few people actually send anything personal or meaningful by e-mail; they put it all on their FB page and expect me to go look it up.

Yesterday, I received a snail-mail letter from my 5th. grade granddaughter. The form was right, the spelling correct (for the most part) and she gave much information about what we're going to do this Summer. (I see her just about every day!) That letter warmed my heart because it was obvious that she was thinking of me.

It only takes a few minutes to write a note to your "old" relatives, enclose a picture of the kids, or the dog, or your new car, and drop it in the mail. They'll love it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:16 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'm not a youngster but I don't think anyone is complaining about old folks not being "connected" ... it's more of a curiosity.
I reagrd older folks who shun technology simply because it is technology like how I regard the Amish.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Doesn't this same type of debate or whatever you want to call it happen in every generation? I'm sure some young farmer was wondering why the old timers were still using a horse drawn plough after tractors were invented. Something about old dogs and new tricks.
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