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_xiro_ wrote:

Technology has been drastically changing for these past two decades especially. When you live most of your life doing the same thing, and having the world revolve around what you're used to, it's hard to keep up with advancements. We're mostly quite young on this website, so it's safe to say that we're accustomed to this fast pace and we have no problem.

Technology is a means of making our lives easier, but if it's not a "need" to have it in your home, some of the older generation won't adapt because they don't have to. Things like a washer/drier combo, dishwasher, hi-resolution TVs, and so forth, are the kinds of things the older crowds understand, because it's relatively simple to use and benefits them greatly. Going online to read the news instead of the newspaper? Kind of complicated and not worth the time for them.

The saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is quite relevant.


I think it's mostly being afraid of the unknown and not liking changes, as you get older you wanna think of yourself as a wise person that figured things out i'd guess, so they can't deal with someone saying that they weren't right this whole time or that the way they thought was the best way in fact sucks is something a LOT of people will just refuse to accept out of ego or fear, like you said, the past decade or so technology is advancing at a ridiculous rate, we're bombarbed with technology, so i'd guess that from their perspective, is like being in front of a huge hurricane and not wanting to jump in and get sucked into the madness.
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that "calcification" which is a fairly accurate way of describing it, is probably a change in neuroplasticity.
no one can escape the effect of decreases in neuroplasticity, but some people naturally has a more plastic brain than others and so don't notice the effect of falling neuroplasticity quite as much.
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Wisdom must increase with technology. Or we our doomed.
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my grandmother had a hard time with a jitterbug, I don't want to give her a smartphone.......
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Because "I have to do something to start it? Why don't I just get a dial tone when I pick it up? And where's the damned dial on this thing, anyway!"

Seriously, though, why do we still call it "dialing"? Does anyone still have a (working) rotary phone outside a museum?
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asharka wrote:Does anyone still have a (working) rotary phone outside a museum?


You mean other than for ironic or stylistic purpose? Probably not.
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OhToes wrote:

I'm 19 and never even owned a phone. :>


Interesting, at least you won't be having dependency issues. It's hard to believe nomophobia is a thing...

My dad recently switched to a smartphone. He's been yelling at it for awhile complaining about how every time he opens the browser he's bombarded by porn ads. I'm pretty sure those did not come with the phone, dad. ¬ᴗ¬
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My maternal grandmother can't use any sort of tech besides a TV and a house phone. The woman is hopeless. Lest we have tried to buy her a cell phone and a computer but the two just ended up somewhere at the bottom of her closet. She resents modern tech, so I can only communicate with her through phone calls. It's a real asspain.
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One day I'll be one of those people.
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Sogno- wrote:

maybe because it's not their priority?

it's not a bad thing. People can live without staring at a screen 24/7 (i am completely serious. No, really). People can live without text. I didn't even get texting until a year and a half ago. It's fine.
Too bad it didn't stop them from spending half a grand on a phone
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yea i dont really have any patience for stuff like that. They'll probably never get the hang of it. No offense
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I worked for a wireless carrier's tech support department for 4 years. Yeeeaaah I dealt with the most brain dead users of technology ever. Enter the 89 year old lady with a blackberry....uggg
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I kind of gave up assisting family/friends with using their smartphones. If they aren't going to mess around with it on their own or attempt to try to figure it out, they will not learn how to use it. However I don't think my mom will ever figure out how to use her smartphone or even her ipad. It's like watching an infant try to solve a rubik's cube.
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Not all old people are the same. My grandmother actually knows her way around a smartphone fairly well. My grandfather (who ironically worked with computers back in the 60's) easily gets confused and frustrated with modern technology.
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Posted 1/26/15 , edited 1/26/15
Old things make people feel secure. I didn't get a cell 'till my land-line went dead and C-link wanted $90 to fix it. I still don't have a smart phone. The reason for that is not wanting to pay the money for the data plan....
..... but that's beginning to change.

Anybody know about the Nokia 530?
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