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Technologically Impaired Parents

09/01/2012 by C.

“How does this work with no phone line plugged in??”




As many of you know my sister and I got our mother a laptop for Christmas. She has resisted using it until recently. She now uses it to look up recipes and shop the clearance items offered up by QVC. I have asked several times if she wanted an e-mail address and she has refused to let me set it up for her, until recently.

“Mom, I am going to set you up with Gmail today,” I said.

“Gmail? I thought it’s called e-mail,” she replied.

Oh boy.

She is only 62. I pray I am able to stay semi-current with technology when I am that age. What exactly happens as you age that you don’t care about computers, HDTVs and smart phones? All these things improve your quality of life so why would you resist them? Even though I set up an e-mail address for my mother, I know she will never even open it. She just wants to continue to resist anything new to her.

I thought this was something that only happened to my mother but she isn’t the only one. A friend of mine received a call from her mother.

“Can you tell me how to print something I have found on YouTube?” she asked her daughter.

“Um, Mom you can’t print things you find on YouTube because you are watching a video…it’s not in writing,” she replied.

Feeling a little better about things I went over to visit mom last week and let her know that the wireless connection we share had been acting up all day. I was afraid she would think she had done something to break the computer and just toss it in the trash.

“Mom, the internet has been messing up today, so if you get a blank page, just be patient,” I told her.

“What causes the internet to mess up? Do you think it might be because I hired that guy to powerwash the house the other day and it got all the cables wet?” she asked.

I just stared at her.

We had thought of getting her a Kindle this Christmas, but when I showed her my Nook she did not seem to receptive.

“You read books on that? How does a book get into that thing?” she asked.

“Well, I click on the link to Barnes and Noble, it takes me to an online store and I buy the book I want. Once it is paid for they send it electronically to this device,” I explained.

I then showed her a few of the features, including how to make the font larger for easier reading (I thought that she would really like that since she complains about not being able to see).

“Pretty cool, huh Mom?” I asked.

“No, not really,” she said.

Next Christmas she is getting a Snuggie.



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1 Comment

  1. Kden says:

    My mom is 81 and my brothers had tried to talk her into a laptop for years and she resisted. But a few years ago she was curious about the IPad when it came out so we all chipped in and got it for her. We went through many back and forth questions/answers about how things work. I almost wished we hadn’t done it for awhile. But now she’s on Facebook, orders her meds and other things online and it generally has opened up her world.

    I also can’t imagine my life without the technology and am glad at my age I will be able to grow into new things in the future. She’ll get the hang of it, but in the meantime just stay close to a wall to bang your head against.
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