Recently, I attended a writing retreat with friends, all of us in our seventies. I marvelled at the fact that we are IT savvy as we shared photos on Airdrop and used our laptops and iPads for research.
Yet so often, I hear the younger generation speak to us as though we don’t understand computers or Information Technology (IT).
Sure, I realise some older people haven’t had the exposure nor opportunity to be computer literate, but please don’t offend us by thinking we are all the same. We have a brain and the ability to learn new concepts.
All my friends use their iPads as their go-to online tool. They read their newspapers, chat and share photos with family and friends, look up new recipes, set up personal folders, synchronise fitness trackers with their phones, and of course not forget online shopping. They walk the talk.
My message to the younger generation is: do not assume we older gens are not IT savvy, because we are. And for the seniors who think they are too old to learn, that’s a myth. Maybe you purely can’t be bothered, which is a shame as there is much to see and do.
Not only do I use modern technology every day for communication, but I’ve also set up my smart TVs and wireless security cameras, and installed and activated my NBN home network, including my computer connections to my two printers and scanner. I utilise social media and have smart appliances like Google Home that make life easy. The Smart Speakers are fabulous as you can ask questions or give demands without touching a button.
If anyone has difficulty understanding computers, online content, emails, WiFi, iCloud etc there is numerous support available and for free. You could start by asking family or friends for help, otherwise, one of the best places to learn is at your local library. There is an abundance of support with IT Programs available for seniors, another option is to ring your local council.
The courses are not intimidating and will quietly guide you through basic concepts of technology. It will open up a whole new fascinating world for you and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start earlier.
Here are a few tips to consider if you’re helping others or need to learn more.
My message to the older generation is good on you for keeping up with the times, and for those not-so-IT savvy readers who may feel intimidated, please ask someone for help. Adopt a positive approach to learning about computers, it is fantastic for brain stimulation.
Information Technology can expose you to a whole new marvellous world. Your children and grandkids will love you for it. Life is short, so why not embrace what it has to offer. Just don’t forget your passwords!