Keep Up With Technology Why Don’t You

Here is my advice to older people. Don’t reject new technology. Get a smart phone and learn how to use it. Stay on top of tech. Learn the lexicon. Don’t get intimidated! What are you afraid of? Do you really think you can push the wrong button and break it?  You do, don’t you? But you are wrong! You might make a mistake, and get yourself turned around, but just hang in there and figure it out. It is just like every other new thing that you ever had to learn.

Stop being afraid.

Just learn it. Get someone to help you and learn. And keep on learning.

Why? Because if you don’t you will be left in the dust. Your grandchildren won’t know how to talk to you. But if you learn, your life will open up to all kinds of fun possibilities.

Today I helped my client learn the ins and outs of his new iPhone. He was so resistant! He was so annoying! He kept complaining about how he didn’t like technology, he didn’t want to put his email on his phone, he will never use it, blah, blah, blah

I wondered why he even got it if he hated it so much, but I was glad he got it because, like I told him, I didn’t want him to be *that* guy, the one who says things like, “These kids today and all their electronic gizmos! All they do is play on those smartphones!”

“Don’t be that guy,” I said. Keep up!

The only thing he knew how to do on his phone was talk to Siri.

“But you texted me the other day,” I said. “So you know how to text, right?”

“No,” he said, “I told Siri to text you.”

And then he showed me.

It was insane.

He really likes Siri. He likes having a little slave in his pocket.

I showed him how to text without Siri. I showed him how his camera worked and how to do Facetime. After that, his brain was fried. Next week I will teach him more things.

It’s important to keep up with the world. You don’t have to play the game if you don’t want to, but you have to know what the game involves before you make that decision.

Learn everything you can about your phone and your TV and maybe even learn to code a little. Then, if you want to choose an analog life, fine. Or if you want to make some choices about which technologies you will use and which ones you don’t need, at least you will know what you are leaving behind.

But if you reject it just because you don’t understand it, then no.. That’s just lazy. Learn the game first. Then quit if you want.

In January I was on an early shuttle bus to the airport. The driver found an Ipad on the seat. He turned and looked at us passengers, then radioed in to his dispatcher that he found it and added, “I don’t have an Ipad crowd this morning.”

I looked around at my fellow passengers and they were all around my age. I made a face as if to say, “You really don’t think we have Ipads because we aren’t in our 20s?” The guy sitting across from me, saw my look and said to me, “I work for Intel.”

We both laughed at that stupid driver in distain: “Not an Ipad crowd?”

“Yeah,” I said. “I once left my abacus on a shuttle and never saw it again.”

“Bummer,” said the Intel guy.



I Do Not Need An IPhone

This morning started with a massive software upload that now allows me into the CLOUD.  My Touch and my Ipad now have new apps, and everything syncs with everything without the computer. All I have to do is plug my Touch or my Ipad in to recharge it and it syncs with everything across platforms.

I watched an informational video from Apple about this new Cloud technology and it had me drooling.

Some people love shoes and clothes. Some people love to go to Broadway shows or the Opera. Some people dream of redesigning or redecorating their houses. Some people drool over travel brochures. Other people go wild in Williams Sonoma and want a fancy espresso maker or a set of Calaphon pans. Some people could live in Ikea.

Not me.  I want fancy electronic gadgets: Iphones, MacBooks, IPads, teensy-weensy external hard drives that will store a trigobyte of data.  I want gizmos.

I don’t NEED an Iphone, not a bit. But today I WANTED an Iphone.  The thing is, I hate my phone.  And it’s not just my phone, which is the antithesis of a smart phone, in fact it is a dumb phone. The truth is, I hate ALL phones, smart or dumb.

When my phone rings, I cringe inwardly. I don’t want to answer. I’d much rather get an email or a text. The phone does not meet my needs for connection. The phone makes me feel fake.  I can never get my voice to match what I feel. I want the person on the other end to be able to see my eyes, my mouth, my teeth. I want them to see me scratch my head, or tilt it. I want them to read my body language.

Which is what I am sure people who LOVE their phones are happy that the other person CANNOT see. I get that, I do.

But the Iphone can take pictures and edit them and send and receive email and there are all those apps and, and…it’s so well designed and pretty.  I want one.

Apple makes me want things that I don’t need.  I played with an Iphone today in a store.  I calculated how much an Iphone would cost per year, compared to what I pay for my dumb phone.  The dumb phone wins.

I will not get an Iphone. But I still want one.