(TECH) FEW OLD DOGS LEARN NEW TRICKS

By Jug Varner

Those who determine such things call this current era of history The Information Age… and with good reason. With cell phones and computers alone, enough clutter is going into the “ethersphere” to pollute the ozone (if such be possible).

Although recent and accurate statistics are difficult to find, there probably are more than 50-million computer users in the U.S. - about 95 percent of whom are under age 65. This doesn‘t speak well for my geezer generation.

There is no doubt that some older people are averse to trying new ideas - especially the computer. Many seniors are missing a wonderful treat by not learning the simple computer basics. It's really NOT difficult and could open a whole new world of adventure, entertainment and enlightenment to them — particularly to those who are limited in their ability to get out of their house or apartment and circulate among others. For some, it may be a fear that they can‘t do it… or that they simply don’t want to try, for whatever reason.

Anyone who WANTS to… can learn the computer. For seniors, it is a badge of honor that you are open minded, active and interested in something outside your own sphere. It certainly beats watching inane TV re-runs day and night!

Now cell phones are an entirely different matter - regardless of how old or young you are.

The basics are easy to learn, but cell phones are DANGEROUS instruments. Why? You could get injured or killed while walking across the street or public parking lot because you are paying absolutely NO attention to anything or anyone around you except the invisible person on the other end of your cellular phone conversation.

Or, the same thing could happen to you while you are driving, because you are paying absolutely NO attention to anything or anyone around you except the invisible person on the other end of your cellular phone conversation.

Hello, cellular users… did you get that? Or are you talking on your cell phone while you read this?

I wonder what percentage of auto accidents today occur while one or the other driver is using his or her cell phone? Likely much higher than we might think!

Cell phones are great products, especially in an emergency, but the Chatty Cathiys and Bill Blowhards of this world need to take a few lessons in safety, phone etiquette, and common sense before being allowed to purchase and to USE one of these little jewels while on public thoroughfares.