Here is a photo of my 92 year old mother using an iPad. You can’t see her cell phone, but you can bet, it’s close by. I am dedicating this picture to morons everywhere who insist, “…these old people just aren’t capable of using new technology.” People who say or (worse yet) believe this crap, demonstrate nothing less than a pathetic inability to grasp fundamental human nature. For those who haven’t figured out technology and old people, here’s the deal - it’s all about time.
You see the older one gets the more valuable time becomes. It’s that free-market-Supply-and-Demand thing we exploit to make our fortunes. Old people have less time (supply), so they don’t like to waste it (demand). In my experience, if you hand an older person a piece of technology that saves precious time, they will take to it like a tic on a dog. On the other hand, if you try to stick a senior with a high-tech time vampire (e.g. the Windows 8 machine I’ve just spent half a day trying to configure and it still doesn’t work)- forget it.
And there is one more thing I’ve noticed about old people. Most of them are very polite. Hand them something useless, and they will usually blame themselves rather than insult you. They’ll say something like, “Oh thank you Honey so much, but these new fangled things are beyond me. I could never learn to use it.” Interpretation: “Hey pal. Why don’t you take this piece of worthless detritus, and stuff it where the sun don’t shine.”