Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Going modern

AN OLDER WOMAN came into the store yesterday morning. She asked for me and said she’d inherited a large album collection from her brother, and she wanted to have me go through her hand written list and tell her the value of each album.

Sheryl tried to politely steer her toward eBay to research it herself as we are not an appraisal service of any kind.

“I don’t have a computer,” the woman sniffed.

Sheryl said the Quincy Public Library had resources and employees willing to help her learn and
navigate the web. That’s when she got really snippy and started cursing under her breath, so Sheryl just watched as she stormed out. Sheryl was helpless to even have a conversation about the ease of the world wide web.

Rodney's computer. LOL
The woman was willfully ignorant and simply didn’t want to have anything to do with technology. To someone like Sheryl who is super-fluent in computers, networks and the interne, that can be very hard to comprehend.

Some people, like me, are just more comfortable with less technology. I can navigate on a computer and right now I’m using my iPad with a wireless keyboard, and I feel like I’m finally entering the 20th century. Also, I have a cell phone, but I use it to make and receive phone calls, and maybe a text once in a while, and that’s it.

Technology can be intimating and even frightening. I’m at the end of the Baby Boomers generation and I grew up without computers and cell phones, and I turned out fine. Well. Fine is subject to debate. Maybe I just lived to tell about it. Didn't we all survive our childhoods somehow?

If you can still get by without a cell phone and a computer, more power to you.

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