Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I hope everyone has a great day filled with lots of good food. This is one of the posts I wrote before the ice storm power outage a few days ago.
Arrrr, its happening again!
I need to vent some today. Technology is very frustrating for me. Just when I get used to using something “they” go changing it. Not in small simple easily understandable steps for seniors to understand but the whole thing, every part all at once. They give us no choice. Ok, maybe a choice of background color or brightness but little else.
Its kind of like leaving your home early in the morning and come home in the evening to a totally unfamiliar house. Absolutely everything familiar has been moved, replaced, repainted, or taken away completely. Your nice comfortable home is not yours anymore. Heck, you find even the door is changed making it difficult to get inside.
Those who rewrite the technical stuff say they made it easier to use. HA! Its only easy for those familiar with the jargon and have young eyes. Suppose I told them I wrote a good set of instructions to make a quilt from scratch and tell them its mandatory they make several. Hmm; Take ten lengths of different color cloth. Slice and dice into squares, triangles, and hexies. Rearrange and put back together with 10 SPI at 1/4 seam but being careful not to do any frog stitching. Flatten as you go. Sandwich and quilt as desired. Very simple and easy Now go make quilts.
I have a very hard time keeping up with the fast paced changing world of technology. I’ve found (over the years) that when one thing or company makes technical changes they all make technical changes to accommodate each other. These changes usually happen at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. This week I received notice from my bank, from att phone service, from att email, from google, from Flickr, and from wordpress that changes have been made. Soon after technical changes we get an announcement there will be the higher costs associated with them.
Technology is designed only for the young. That would be the under 40 working crowd and their children. The workplace is a great place to hear from other people what new things are available and how helpful those things are. Once you grow to retirement age and leave the corporate world you become isolated from that benefit. It feels weird when I can’t use a cell phone for more than a phone call but my one year old grand daughter knows how to find and play games or watch kiddie videos on her mommies phone. I’m told she asked Santa for her own iPad.
Today’s technology is built by a young generation for the even younger generations. The older individuals are not even considered when technology is created or changed year after year. Take touch screens as an example. Sounds simple to use right? But, touch screens don’t consider the problems often encountered by seniors. As people age our reaction times age right along with us. Touch screens rely on the warm blood circulation in our finger tips but with older people the circulation in our finger tips has aged and often doesn’t register on the device. Older folks may have “shakes or tremors” causing the screen to think its a swipe instead of a touch. When older people can’t make a simple touch screen work like a one year old child it can be a tearful frustration.
Not long ago I watched my three year old grandson interacting with another person over the internet on his own game device. It was like a tv on both ends so they could see each other while they played a game. He told me it was called face timing. I started wondering about that. Visiting someone in a nursing home or assisted living isn’t always possible because its in another city or state. A face to face phone call like the kids do could be the next best option to an in person visit. So where are the special video phones for those isolated lonely people in nursing homes who need face time?
Not only is technology out pacing me mentally its costing more and more while my income remains dormant. How much more belt tightening can I do? Ok for those who don’t understand what belt tightening means it comes from the great depression era of the 1930s. During the great depression many people were without jobs. People were starving for lack of money to buy food so they grew thinner making it necessary to tighten their belts to hold up their pants. The poorer and hungrier the person the tighter the belt.
I keep asking myself do I really want the frustration of learning new technology that the younger generation takes for granted? Can I justify the added expense of owning and using that new technology at the same time I struggle to pay the bills? Heck, even writing a blog has become outdated. Now days people do videos instead of typing thoughts and words on a dusty old keyboard into an outdated computer. People prefer to watch videos on their phones rather than read written words these days. No wonder the kids are no longer being taught to write with a pencil and paper anymore. Why write when touching a screen is easier and making or watching a video is faster. If the young generation are not careful pretty soon we seniors will have our own secret way of communicating. We will use paper, pencil, and cursive writing and no one will know what we are saying to each other.
Sigh. Don’t worry, I’m just venting. Life as a senior living below the poverty line can be difficult and overwhelming at times. As always when life throws a boulder in my path I vent for awhile and then somehow find a way around it and keep on going.