Don’t tell my mom I called her old! As far as the world is concerned, she is 39 (and is perfectly okay with the idea that her daughter is turning 30 because, you know, the rate of 9 years olds getting pregnant and giving birth is really out of control).
There are tons of studies and millions upon bajillions of dollars spent on researching/developing technology that will benefit the elderly. A lot of my graduate classes focused on the need for developing technology for children, disabled or the elderly.
Think about it. How many “old” people do you know that frequently use computers let alone things like Twitter?
I’m actually kind of appalled by the number of people my mother’s age that are on Facebook. Stop sending me friend requests! It creeps me out.
But what I find really funny is seeing who is adopting this technology versus who is the stereotypical target audience by which the elderly studies are focused.
I’m referring to the stark difference between my mother and my mother-in-law (who are roughly the same age).
Mother – she doesn’t know how to turn on the computer
Mother-in-law – can create documents, send e-mails, and who knows what else… but she can turn it on.
Mother – she doesn’t know how to turn on the computer however she did recently learn of the term “e-mail” and understood it to be a form of communication
Mother-in-law – uses e-mail frequently
Mother – she doesn’t know how to load pictures from a digital camera to a computer (it would help if she knew how to turn it on)
Mother-in-law – uses a digital camera often, can upload pictures, print pictures and even burn pictures to a disk
Cell Phones (this is by far my favorite of the differences):
Mother – can dial and answer phone calls but that is about it. She does not know how to retrieve voicemail messages. She sure as shit cannot send or retrieve text messages. Don’t get me started on her trying to take pictures with her phone. She actually spent a large portion of my best friend’s wedding (I was the matron of honor) trying to take a picture of ME (not the bride) during the ceremony. She loudly fussed with her cell phone (much to the embarrassment of Jeremy) to snap a photo.
And yet she wants a smart phone. Riiiiiiight.
Mother-in-law – not only can she dial, answer and retrieve voicemail (the basics), she is the text messaging queen! I have a great texting relationship with her and it cracks me up. She can even send video messages! She sent me a video of my nephew playing to cheer me up (when my back was hurt).
My father and father-in-law are both tech savvy people (although I will say my father-in-law is a bit savvier… I think that has a lot to do with the fact that my dad had a stroke 10 years ago).
Are your parents tech savvy? Do you text your parents? Are they on Facebook? Twitter?