It’s hard to imagine the very people who taught us everything from putting together Lego puzzles and skateboarding to driving a car turn into bungling individuals when handling a smartphone.
Yes, it’s like cell phones and your parents never existed in the same lifespan.
And then there’s the endless pain of making them understand modern-day lingo:
And one wonders if they will ever get the emoticons right:
A touch-screen and QWERTY key pad is always a bad combo with parents:
And then there’s the information overload:
Is there a way to solve this problem? Not likely.
One can’t really blame parents as they come from a time when phones were huge ‘sets’ sitting on a table or attached to a wall – a great gadget used to get in touch with others. Cordless phones and walkie-talkies were ‘The Thing’ for them.
Smartphones are powerful and complicated tools. The concept of using a ‘phone’ to not only make calls, but send emails, chat, play games, enjoy music and even watch movies on is alien to parents.
Tony Bradley of PCWorld explains it rather aptly. “Many things are intuitively self-explanatory. However, many are not -- especially for technology-challenged people like your parents who still have a VCR flashing “12:00” because they can’t figure out how to set the clock…”
‘If you bought a smartphone for someone like this, expect to get some calls with questions like, “What’s an app?”, or “Why does my battery run out before lunch?”, or “How do I upload this video clip to the Facebook?”’