If I’ve heard some adages of wisdom once, I estimate I’ve heard them numerous times throughout my lifetime before I ever sat down to write a column.
One of these is something like, “The only thing constant in life is change.” I don’t recall a time when I ever learned who exactly said it to make a proper attribution. But I have learned that those words are probably among the truer words in the English language.
Grandpa Ray Stevens had been known to utter, “If you ever want to know anything, go ask a kid.” His witty saying offers me another truism I’ve realized in life as I continue that upward climb in years.
It’s times whenever I apply computer technology, either personally or professionally, that those bits of folksy wisdom pull into perspective for me. If my kids were still at home, I would be miles ahead this sort of technology.
I would know how to use it and I would know what I want and how to shop for it. I’d be a great consumer and not have “sucker” stamped across my forehead whenever I approach an electronics sales clerk. I would also probably understand that language tech heads speak.
Possibly, if I was in command of their language, I could engage in a conversation with them. Would that command of computers and related lingo put me up to a quicker pace with the future? Would it also make me more interactive on social media sites?
Well, I just don’t know. I don’t do much interfacing on social media. You can follow notes about my latest stories on Twitter via @MaryMeyersglobe, that’s about it.
Unlike some acquaintances and family members, I’m content to go home and not turn on the computer. I admit I might talk more on current telephones, both land line styles, wireless and cell phones, if I didn’t hold onto them with my hand.
The hands-free devices don’t look that appealing to me, and are quite expensive. Voices are hard to clearly hear through speaker phones. Therefore, I don’t talk on the telephone as much as I did when I was much younger because the modern phones allow me to do less.
I think computer technology and upgrades are rather cost-prohibitive for no more than what we get. I would rather spend my money on something else that I can plan on for the long term. Often, it seems that I just get up to speed on one thing one day, then it’s obsolete and barely compatible the next day.
I am sort of envious, people in my children’s generation have worked with computers since the time they entered school. I applaud the educational institutions that ensure computer technology as a fundamental dynamic. I’m convinced it’s a sure thing that computers in some way, shape and form are here to stay.
I’m certain that I’m not alone among others of my generation who are happy to utilize computers in our workplace. We are relieved that we can go home without them.
However, my relationship with television sets is another story.