ALOHA FROM LINDA: Years ago, I started off with a laptop but only used it for email and Facebook browsing, both applications which were already set up for me. I really didn’t like or understand computer technology.
Last holiday season, I received both an Android tablet from my thoughtful daughter and an iPad tablet from a dear friend. I thought, oh no, I’ll never be able to use these. My friends spent time with me showing what the home screens contained, and printed out screenshots and wrote notes next to each icon explaining what that app could do. It took me some time not to be afraid of the tablets.
It’s April now, and I’m not intimidated any more. I’m able to do so many things that I didn’t even think existed, including:
- Sleeping to the sounds of rain played by a sound machine app
- Borrowing audio and e-books via the Overdrive app from our state library without getting out of my armchair
- Researching medical issues and tracking medical appointments by logging onto my clinic’s scheduling system
- Loading coupons electronically onto my store cards (the Safeway grocery app has especially good discounts)
- Comparing prices and specifications from leading manufacturers for large purchase items like appliances, before heading out to the stores
- Sending and receiving texts
I was also surprised that these particular apps were free. Now I have a tablet by my armchair and look up new things as soon as I’m curious. My friend Jennie and I are starting this seniors’ blog. I can’t live without the devices now, and still have so many new things to learn. Not bad for an old broad!
If you’re reading this blog post, you’re most likely on the internet whether you’re accessing the site through a warm laptop that barely holds a battery charge, or a state of the art tablet that lets you ‘pinch and zoom’ pictures and text large enough to see without trifocals. What has your technology journey been like, and what applications do you enjoy?