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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

IS IT CHANGE, AGE, OR . . .?

I never thought I'd see the day but it finally happened. My husband has had a Dell laptop for several years for church work. He's the treasurer. He has to use a computer at work but he's always CLAIMED he hated it. Every since Christmas when our baby girl got him a wireless modem for his laptop, I glance over at him in his chair and he's surfing the web! My staid, controlled husband has turned into a geek! How did this transformation occur?

I used to think age determined who loved computers and who didn't. I'm a computer geek and have been ever since they first came out. I still have a love affair going on with my MacBook. I turned 56 on Saturday so I'm hardly a spring chicken anymore though. My parents use a computer. My in-laws wouldn't touch one if you paid them, but they're a good ten to fifteen years older than my parents. My Aunt Edith loves email.

So what makes the difference between someone who takes to the computer with gusto and someone who distrusts them? I thought Dave's advanced years (he's 4 years older) was what made him dislike them but he's proved me wrong. So it's not age, though I know young ones have computer chips in their blood. There are folks at church younger than me who don't have a computer nor do they want one. Now THAT'S an attitude I don't understand! LOL My MacBook is attached to me at all times.

Have you thought about this? What is it you love about the computer? And what makes the difference? By the way, I was a computer geek way before the Internet too. I wrote my first book on a little Radio Shack TRS 80. It didn't even have a hard drive! How far we've come. Now I so adore my MacBook, I'm not even tempted by the new Mac thin and light laptop.

So what's your opinion, Universal Mind?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:21 AM  
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At 8:16 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Hi Colleen,
I'm no twenty or thirty-something, but from the first time we got email at the school district where I worked back in the early 90s, I've been hooked. When the newly-hired tech guy showed us the Internet through Mosaic, I couldn't wait to get my hands on that computer. The first time the district had a "computer buy" to encourage employees to become computer savvy, I was there.

My first purchase was one of those little Macs with the tiny screen. Next computer buy I moved up to another Mac with a more conventional screen. And, of course, I had the dot matrix printer. I only switched to PC when my office switched to them and because, at the time, the PC software had more bells and whistles than the Mac software.

I'm currently on an HP laptop, with wireless of course :-). It's hard to believe how far we've come in a relatively short time. I can't imagine being without email or the Web.

What I need now is to sell that book so maybe I can afford a Mac again. No more computer buys in my life since I early retired a couple years ago :-). They stopped doing that anyway after almost everyone has a computer anyway. (Except for a few like Colleen mentioned.)

Pam

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

So do you know anyone without a computer, Pam? I know tons of people, really. A lot of folks at church, especially the older crowd, wouldn't touch one. I don't get it but i'd like to understand. LOL

Another MacHead! I never suspected, Pam! LOL

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

Younger people pretty much have to use computers. It used to be that you almost had to be a computer geek to use one. The TRS-80 was a great machine (at the time), but it wasn't point and click. Now, the vast majority of computer users are non-geeks. Now, I am seeing people in their 80s and 90s learning to use computers.

I think some people stay away from computers because of fear and because they don't like change. Instead of focusing on what a computer can do for them, they focus on their fear of looking silly if they make a mistake, or their fear of messing something up.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Laurien said...

I have to use computers because I'm in school but even if I weren't in school I would still be a HUGE computer geek. My dad, who is almost fifty, knows more about computers than I do so I guess the age thing doesn't always apply. My mother however, hasn't owned a computer in three or four years.

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Maybe it's just temperament. Welcoming change. I know some people who are angry that businesses use computers. They think it lets the government know their business

 
At 6:58 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

My bff refuses to get herself an email account and it's thoroughly annoying. At first I thought it was her age--she's about 6 years older than me. But then I remembered how my dad retired, and said he'd never ever use a computer. So my mom bought one for herself and, ahem, guess who took it over???

 
At 8:15 PM, Blogger Jill said...

When we were missionaries in Africa, my email was what kept me in touch with all my family and friends back here. I'm not sure I would have made it without that connection, unstable though it was. Someone mentioned to me that David Livingstone managed without a computer. I say that's why God brought me into the world in the twentieth century! He knew I couldn't have survived in those kind of conditions! LOL

www.jillboydsplace.blogspot.com

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I love my computer because my friends live in it.

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger celestemc said...

Oh my gosh! I couldn't imagine not having my computer! Being one who hates the phone, it's my lifeline... especially now that I've hopped on the myspace bandwagon. I didn't think something could be even more convenient (and fun) than email! And really, I think I'd bore the government to pieces - so no conspiracy fears here ;o)

 
At 1:09 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Happy Belated Birthday Colleen!

I try not to let it show but I really do miss my P.C. When I'm not able to use it. It's scary how much it becomes a part of your life, When you can do so much on it now day's.

And yes, I do know some family and friends who are without a computer. But they do wish they had one!

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Suzanne, that's EXACTLY RIGHT! That's what makes a computer so fun now! Our friends live there. LOL I always wanted to be a superhero.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Anna Marie! You guys are all so wonderful. I treasure your friendship, all of you!

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I got my first computer in 1985: a Sanyo. After that I had two Toshibas and then two no-names (where I bought the parts I wanted and had them put together for me). I picked out a dual-core processor on my current no-name.

The thing that makes me (a 54-year old) feel good is that I'm still able to teach my high school students something about surfing and researching on the internet, how to do cool things with powerpoint and Excel, and how to use Dreamweaver (for the school website). The gap between us may be dangerously narrow, but at least there is still a gap. Ah-ha! Age and fast-keyboarding can still win out over computer-savy skill and youth!

P.S. I agree with Timothy: people avoid computers due to fear of mistakes (or pushing the wrong key)and dislike of change.

 

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