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#1 Chad Smith   Members   -  Reputation: 1143

Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

My 80 year old grandmother is starting to become more of a tech person and actually uses technology. She just got a brand new 4th gen iPad for Christmas. My cousin and I set her up with an Apple ID. Then we mistakenly put our contact information in their. The moment you receive a FaceTime call from her...scary. And she messages me more then my friends do too!

Love my grandmother but I think it'd be better If she didn't know about this technology. Lol I'm just kidding

Anyone else have stories like this about their grandparents coming to grips with technology?

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#2 slicer4ever   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3981

Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

my grandfather tries, but fails horribly.  i keep trying to tell him that pushing a button isn't going to destroy the computer, and well alert him if he's about to do anything detrimental, but he'll instead just sit their and call someone if he doesn't know exactly how to do something instead of trying to figure it out.


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#3 Chad Smith   Members   -  Reputation: 1143

Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

my grandfather tries, but fails horribly.  i keep trying to tell him that pushing a button isn't going to destroy the computer, and well alert him if he's about to do anything detrimental, but he'll instead just sit their and call someone if he doesn't know exactly how to do something instead of trying to figure it out.

 

I do know that feeling.  She's not good at them at all but she isn't afraid to try to get something to work.  Though sometimes I wish she was.  She downloads so many different virus scanners on her computer.  If it takes one hickup then she freaks out and downloads a new virus scanner that in the end it makes the computer even slower.  So if I am over there it causes me to delete them all again.  lol.

 

It did take us a little bit to show her that the iPad's touch screen goes off the heat of your finger and is not pressure sensitive.  Her first couple times to use it we almost freaked out hearing her finger beat against the screen.



#4 Krohm   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3245

Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:10 AM

Oddly, I'm having similar problems with my parents!



#5 game of thought   Members   -  Reputation: 213

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:30 AM

My grandfather has a masters degree in electronic engineering. He designed machines for the government in the 60s and 70s. He has no problem with computers and people younger than him often ask him for advice on it.

#6 lithos   Members   -  Reputation: 413

Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

Grandma is an insurance agent.   Worked from typewrites all the way to the modern computer(a little over 60).

 

Grandfather doesn't like to be showed up, so tries to fix everything himself.   And breaks computers often enough.






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