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Hump Day Whine!

Explaining to old people how to use technology!

Explaining to old people how to use technology could be a nationally funded project. If it was, I'd be spared the frustration that comes from watching my grandma operate a mouse. Watching her try to scroll over and click on the start menu is like watching a four year old play a game of pin the tail on the donkey.

It just seems like an old person's brain is incapable of grasping the functionality of any and all modern technology. It’s as if before making the jump to email, all their letters were handwritten with a quill, and delivered by horsemen in the night. The simplest tasks such as playing a DVD, or answer an incoming call on their cell phone, can take you hours of explanation. All the while, their faces express an overwhelming panic, as if you just told them you’re sending them to Pluto in the morning.

There isn’t an occasion when I go to my grandparent’s house that I'm not begged to fix a problem with their computer. It’s always the same problems too. Their wireless router stopped working, the printer is broken, or the computer just simply won’t turn on. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the solution is to plug back in the cord they managed to kick out of the wall with their feet. But unless I come by and fix it, the computer will remain unusable, fully abandoned until my next visit. To them, my ability to ctrl, alt, delete a problem away makes me a technological messiah. Just to be funny, the answer I gave my grandparents when grandma asked me how I was able to download Skype so quickly was, "Magic." The sad thing was, neither of them could tell for sure if I was lying.

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