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Old 02-15-2017, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Calling a halt to anything for me means I'm dead. I don't like to speak in such absolutes. Someone might call a halt to electronics but then later discover one they could really find useful. Never put limits on your options.

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Old 02-15-2017, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I fought getting even a simple flip phone for the longest time.
Part of it was work reasons, when I was off I didn't want them to get in contact with me to go **** on fires..
Part of it was that I was pretty much a homebody so if I was off work I was home..
Another part was I'm pretty much a cheapo and didn't want the extra expense..

I have a smart phone now, completely cut the landline. I like my Smartphone.
It's in no way the top of the line and it's not the smartest smartphone..
I like being in contact when need be, I like to connect online and also the games when I'm waiting long periods in doctors offices and other places.. I have a no frills no contract unlimited plan that cost me 50 dollars a month and I've spent money on much worse..

I like computers, not enough to keep buying them when they get upgraded..
My current Laptop is great, bought last year for a great price, 8g RAM and 1 TB HD is much more then I need for my usage..
I'll have it until it dies, and I may add I was happier with an older version of windows..

My good Friend is 76 years old, he's a stubborn old German and was pressured into a Galaxy upon renewing his contract last year. He has no desire to own a computer. (I tried to give him a cheap tablet last year) He has not the patience to learn. We meet up every Friday for some volunteer work we both do, hands me his phone and says it's doing it again (updating) I tried to show him to just hit OK or Accept and he just simply is either playing dumb or he seriously just does not understand..

In my opinion it's ok for an older person not to embrace or even accept technology..
If they want to learn or see the benefits of some of it, GREAT!! If not it's their choice
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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My husband and I are only in our early 60's, and we do not have a "smart" anything -- no SmartTV, no SmartPhone, and no IPad Basically, anything invented after about 1995*

Why such an aversion to technology or anything invented after about 1995? Is this the year that you stopped buying things? If your old CRT TVs die, are you going to refuse to buy a flat screen LCD or LED TV? LED light bulbs did not become affordable until about 5 years ago? Are you still trying to hang on to your incandescent or fluorescent lights?

Technologies have brought us many new and wonderful things in the last 20 years in all areas medical, transportation, communications etc. and not just personal electronics. Are you going to refuse accepting new medicines, buying cars with all the new safety features etc. just because they are invented after 1995?

If there are some new inventions or toys that you don't need, you don't have to buy them. I just don't understand your decision to put a HALT on acquiring technologies invented after a certain date like 1995!

I am particularly interested if any of you know of anyone who does not have a personal computer, and if they are able to get along without it.

How did you go online and post at CD forum without having access to an electronic device like a computer? Sure, one can get along without owning or having access to an electronic device but I don't think that there are many people in the US young or old who are living like a hermit and don't want any contact with the rest of the world.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:23 PM
 
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Only if its bad or useless technology. Such as so-called "smart phones", which are lousy phones and even worse as a computing device.

But I'm happy to upgrade my desktop. And I don't mind at all inheriting my son's laptops when he upgrades. I still have my EEE PC "netbook", it still runs Vista, and it is still head and shoulders better than a "tablet" - and doesn't require me to "register" it, forcing me to get a google mail account to do so. Which "smart" phones also force you to do (Android ones at any rate).

Tablets killed the netbook, despite the fact that a netbook has 10 times the functionality and 1% of the security/privacy issues of a tablet. When mine finally dies I will move to the smallest laptop I can find. There is just no purpose to a tablet. In order to make it usable, you need a real keyboard and mouse, one or both of which may have to be bluetooth given the dearth of extra USB ports. And you would need a clamshell or other hard case to protect it from damage so you can safely toss it in a backpack, briefcase, or even in the back seat of your car. By the time you do all that, you might as well have just gotten a small laptop to start with, so I just cut out all the intervening bother and get what is actually useful to start with - an actual, real computing device aka a laptop.

I'm good with a Roku so I can stream to my TV. I used to have it hooked up to one of my old computers but it went belly up and I decided after 10 years it had done its duty - so, the Roku. I'd prefer a computer, but its not really cost-effective unless I happen to come across an "extra" again, or if I decide to fix the old one after all (probably not).

I don't want to computerize my house. I know how to use a light switch, and a simple mechanical timer takes care of anything that needs to come on or go off at particular (or even random) times.

I wanted a BB-8 until I found out that it would only work with a cell phone app. So no BB-8 for me. (that's the little round robot in the new Star Wars flick).

Basically if its useful, I'm for it. If its the latest i-Phone that doesn't even have a headphone jack - no freakin' way.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I am particularly interested if any of you know of anyone who does not have a personal computer, and if they are able to get along without it.

There are people in my senior complex who don't have computers but when they feel the need to use one there is a media room and library in the building where they can use the computers that are there.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:39 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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If so, how did that work out for you?

My husband and I are only in our early 60's, and we do not have a "smart" anything -- no SmartTV, no SmartPhone, and no IPad Basically, anything invented after about 1995*, we just don't have and don't want. Neither my husband nor I have EVER sent or received a text message.

I am wondering if any of you have done the same thing, and how it has worked out for you. I am particularly interested if any of you know of anyone who does not have a personal computer, and if they are able to get along without it. I suppose I am wondering if anyone knows of someone about 80 years old or older who is still living on their own without ANY modern technology and doing fine. (And, if so, where do they live?)

*We do have a senior "Jitterbug" phone, but we hardly ever use it; we just keep it in our car for emergencies.
I used to have a smart phone but got tired of carrying around a constant stream of advertising. It's bad enough on my home computer but I don't need 24/7 ads that I carry with me.

I took it to the gun range and found that 22LR does a nice job puncturing thru.

I do have friends that have every electronic device known to man but strangely never answer their phone.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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Only if its bad or useless technology. Such as so-called "smart phones", which are lousy phones and even worse as a computing device.

But I'm happy to upgrade my desktop. And I don't mind at all inheriting my son's laptops when he upgrades. I still have my EEE PC "netbook", it still runs Vista, and it is still head and shoulders better than a "tablet" - and doesn't require me to "register" it, forcing me to get a google mail account to do so. Which "smart" phones also force you to do (Android ones at any rate).

Tablets killed the netbook, despite the fact that a netbook has 10 times the functionality and 1% of the security/privacy issues of a tablet. When mine finally dies I will move to the smallest laptop I can find. There is just no purpose to a tablet. In order to make it usable, you need a real keyboard and mouse, one or both of which may have to be bluetooth given the dearth of extra USB ports. And you would need a clamshell or other hard case to protect it from damage so you can safely toss it in a backpack, briefcase, or even in the back seat of your car. By the time you do all that, you might as well have just gotten a small laptop to start with, so I just cut out all the intervening bother and get what is actually useful to start with - an actual, real computing device aka a laptop.

I'm good with a Roku so I can stream to my TV. I used to have it hooked up to one of my old computers but it went belly up and I decided after 10 years it had done its duty - so, the Roku. I'd prefer a computer, but its not really cost-effective unless I happen to come across an "extra" again, or if I decide to fix the old one after all (probably not).

I don't want to computerize my house. I know how to use a light switch, and a simple mechanical timer takes care of anything that needs to come on or go off at particular (or even random) times.

I wanted a BB-8 until I found out that it would only work with a cell phone app. So no BB-8 for me. (that's the little round robot in the new Star Wars flick).

Basically if its useful, I'm for it. If its the latest i-Phone that doesn't even have a headphone jack - no freakin' way.
All well and good if you don't leave the house.

My smartphone and tablet have been very useful when I'm away from home - whether for errands/business or travel.
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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If so, how did that work out for you?

My husband and I are only in our early 60's, and we do not have a "smart" anything -- no SmartTV, no SmartPhone, and no IPad Basically, anything invented after about 1995*, we just don't have and don't want. Neither my husband nor I have EVER sent or received a text message.

I am wondering if any of you have done the same thing, and how it has worked out for you. I am particularly interested if any of you know of anyone who does not have a personal computer, and if they are able to get along without it. I suppose I am wondering if anyone knows of someone about 80 years old or older who is still living on their own without ANY modern technology and doing fine. (And, if so, where do they live?)

*We do have a senior "Jitterbug" phone, but we hardly ever use it; we just keep it in our car for emergencies.
So you are posting online using a 22 year old desk top computer? Using dialup?
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:25 PM
 
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How is it that you are posting on the internet?


Just curious. If all this went away tomorrow I would be fine with it but there would be some sad young folks who wouldn't know what to do.
We have the Internet and use e-mail, but that is it except for office software (Xcel and Microsoft Word). My husband also does gaming (World of Warcraft and solitaire), while I will occasionally play Internet Checkers.
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:26 PM
 
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No. My MIL at 87 was using a computer and smart phone. She did not become a smart phone zombie, nor has my wife (64) or me. Being addicted and disconnected from the real world is a problem with the people not the tech. But plenty of older folks do fine without smart anything or a computer. My father is 77 and has a basic phone and no computer, as does my step sons 88 yo grandmother. But both of them are immigrants with very basic education and abilities. Plus my fathers fingers are so large and arthritic, there isn't a smart phone or computer keyboard made that he could use if he wanted to. He can't use a mouse.
THIS (bolded). My problem is that I have "sausage fingers", and I know that I could not type using a touch keypad. I tried using one at a hair salon to check in, and the receptionist had to do it for me!
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