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Old 02-12-2016, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Dothan AL
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These damn computer geeks keep coming up with new, ever more complicated ones that I need to learn to use. STOP!!!!! It ain't broke, GEEK. Don't fix it. Nail their hands to the desk. Stop "improving" everything! Leave it be! It's fine the way it is!


I am 56 years old and I wish I was back in the day of the typewriter. Then, they were not introducing "upgrades" every five milli seconds that I have to spend time out from doing what I do to learn. It's like some kind of perverted arms race.
Well, just because I don't keep up to them does not mean everyone else should do the same. There is a time when you have to let go and let the younger generation lead the way. You are still young, in twenty years, you will understand, or be a reactionary.
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Old 02-15-2016, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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On a flight last weekend, I sat next to a pleasant older woman... had to be at least 65 I would guess early 70's. She was wearing "modern clothes" a really nice pair of jeans that any modern 35 year old woman would wear...not typical grandma clothes. She was playing gin on her Android Smartphone for much of the flight.
"I just love my Android phone" she told me at one point. I immediately thought of this thread.
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:24 PM
 
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Living in a Sun City I see lots of older folks (older than me ) and you would be amazed at how many not only have smart phones and tablets, but profess they'd never give them up.

I think it's less age than attitude.
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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My dad is in his early 60's and every time I show him some of the things you can do with computers (especially when talking about security) it just blows his mind. It seems like I just told him the most incredible thing he has ever heard. I always find it funny. I honestly didn't think computers would be the area of advancement people would complain about.
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I got a computer/pad thing about 20 years ago but the damn tv part is too heavy to carry around and doesn't tune into any tv stations, what good is it?
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I think it's less age than attitude.
I KNOW it is.
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:43 AM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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These damn computer geeks keep coming up with new, ever more complicated ones that I need to learn to use. STOP!!!!! It ain't broke, GEEK. Don't fix it. Nail their hands to the desk. Stop "improving" everything! Leave it be! It's fine the way it is!


I am 56 years old and I wish I was back in the day of the typewriter. Then, they were not introducing "upgrades" every five milli seconds that I have to spend time out from doing what I do to learn. It's like some kind of perverted arms race.

56? You're just a kid! Seriously, my sister feels the same way, so I keep telling her to stop using her computer if she hates it so much.

Personally, I think they're a lot easier to use now, but if you're not comfortable with "gadgets" just don't buy any. However, the more technology changes, the better it is for the consumer who wants to buy something new, but not necessarily the fastest, smartest, hottest product on the market.

For example, since most people use smartphones, I only spent $12.88 for my new Samsung flip phone. That's all I need. I only bought it a few weeks ago, but I just saw it online for $7.65. Imagine buying a cell phone with a camera for under $10 even 5 years ago. I cannot imagine driving a car without one. To me, it's a safety device. Also, I saved for a long time to buy my first PC with a 266mhz Celeron processor. Now you can buy a tablet or Chromebook with a super sharp screen for under $200. I remember spending more than $500 on my first color TV, a 17" Sony Trinitron. Now there are 32" LED HDTVs selling for $150.

I'm happy to see your post, however, because I've been called a dinosaur for not using a smartphone.
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I used to buy tons of gadgets. And it all wound up in a drawer.
However, I recently purchased (a couple-three years ago) a UE Boom bluetooth speaker. I use that thing every single day. Every single day.

And I don't even listen to music.

To each their own.

That *gadget* has been worth every penny.
Smartwatch? Pfft.
Phone? Sure, ok. I see the use, but could live without.
Ipad? Whatever.


But to each their own.
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I remember an accident in Iowa before cell phones were common. A young woman hung upside down in a creek in winter for days, but survived. She couldn't get the seat belt off. If she had a cell phone she would likely have been rescued the same day.
I remember thousands of accidents caused by people on their cell phones while they're driving. I don't think we're better off.
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:56 AM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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Living in a Sun City I see lots of older folks (older than me ) and you would be amazed at how many not only have smart phones and tablets, but profess they'd never give them up.

I think it's less age than attitude.
I saw many people in their 70s and 80s using iPads in the clubhouse or library when I was in FL. However, I think it's sometimes more than attitude, but a form of anxiety. Someone recently told me she was exhausted after reading her emails, since it was "such a chore" to use a computer. I said I was puzzled, because all I do is open the lid and click on an icon that looks like an envelope. Poof..there's my email screen. So I'm not passing judgment, but it's something I just don't understand and, believe me, I am not tech savvy at all.
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