I like to think that I am not doing too badly when it comes to keeping up with technology and social media. I use my computer every day, have a Facebook page (admittedly I don´t do much with it) have joined Twitter (I haven´t tweeted yet, what would I say and frankly who would care?) and I even have Instagram, but it is dawning on me that I am way behind the game.
There is a technical and social media spectrum and I am not where I would like to be. One end starts with my inlaws who have a computer but are terrified of all communication by email. They also own a mobile phone but don´t turn it on incase someone rings them and it runs out of battery. At the other end there are Teenage Son and Daughter who no longer SMS their friends but send strange contorted selfies on Snapchat. When I asked Son why he hadn´t been on Facebook for weeks, he replied ¨Thats so old, now everyone is on Tumblr¨. As a friend of mine asked, ¨What the hell is Tumblr? I thought I put my gin and tonic in one.¨ So as you can see there is certainly ground to make up. I can at least take consolation from the fact that I am not as bad as that same friend who when buying an alarm clock, put it to her ear and asked why it wasn´t ticking. ¨It´s digital Mum¨sighed her son with a monumental eyeroll.
It is therefore ironic that the least technical member of the household is the first to get the iphone 6. Husband has been a staunch advocate of Blackberry and has had an array of basic plastic devices which have struggled to do more than send the odd email and act as a phone. Enter the new iphone 6. It took a couple of hours before he realised it wasn´t necessary to either viciously slap it or prod heavily at the screen in order to switch between icons or emails. He is now at the stage of brandishing it to anyone who will listen and say, ¨Do you realise how easy it is to use?¨ The rest of the houshold (who have much older versions of iphone and are suffering fits of jealousy) smile and nod with gritted teeth. Infact Teenage Son and Daughter keep feverishly looking up their phone upgrade dates in the vain hope that they will somehow miraculously move forward.
So while I can usually help Husband with connectivity issues and setting up the printer, I think I will start taking lessons from the younger members of the family to get me up to speed on subjects such as widgets (sounds like something you get from poor personal hygiene) and how to use Flickr. Once I point out that I am far less likely to embarrass them if I know what I am talking about, I am sure they will help. If not, then the words ¨Early updates¨are bound to do the trick.