Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Old man and the cell

This paraphrase of Ernest Hemingway's book come to my mind when my grandfather had first 'come into contact' with cell phone years ago. I'm using the words suitable for out of space alien related events, but it just might had been the case for my grandfather and this item. He had constantly pressed the wrong buttons, couldn't navigate through the menus, send an empty text message, you know, the classics. However, after a few times of explaining to him how to make calls from his contact list and add new positions to it, he was able to do it. Up to this point, other functions in his cell are more or less redundant. Nonetheless, it made me think whether I will have difficulties with some new equipment when I'll be his age. I'm disregarding the person's ability to learn rather consider the generation changes / new technologies appearing. The conclusion is as follows. Me and the rest of this generation wont have these kind of problems. Why? Let me answer with another question. Have you ever read the manual of your cell phone? Firstly, who has time for that and secondly, for you, it seems easy to use so there is really no need to look into the manual. When you got your cell phone in your hands, you knew what to do and simply started using it, figuring out more functions as you went. That is why, in the future this generation wont have such difficulties - we were taught how to learn by ourselves. We are not afraid to click and check the result - we learn through experiment, or we google it :) Oh, and the layout is green now, because it composes nicely or is a good match for the previous, red one.

1 comment:

  1. I think that such generalizing is wrong, sure there are lots of youngsters who have no idea how to use some hi-tech stuff like iphones for example. If someone stopped his "technical education" on Nokia 3310 and if he is okay with it then using something totally different may cause trouble - of course -only if you cling to old devices all the time.