Well, if we are looking at my parents or in-laws, yeah, tech beyond flipping a light switch is beyond them... though my mother got an Android powered phone and is getting quite adept in making it do what she wants (and not the other way around... naughty Android)!
However, I am now the parent of 4 bright children, the oldest of which is 13, and while they aren't setting the clock on my VCR (sorry, Dad, didn't mean to call you out), they are learning at an amazing rate. It'll be soon that one of my oldest children show me something, and I realize that I have been replaced on the learning curve.
Well Let's see. I had my mom playing Diablo 1 in her '60s, but she is not so much into cell phones and tech these days. Mind you she is in her late 70s now and very arthritic. She no longer has the small movement necessary to handle a lot of today's tech, though she watches satellite on a 42" plasma.
Myself, I am in my mid 50's and I have been overclocking and building computers for over 30 years, have/use a cell smartphone, enthusiast-level DSLR, love MMORPGs (currently deep into Diablo 3, TERA * the Guild Wars 2 beta) and pretty much stay as bleeding-edge as I have the leisure time for. My wife is the technophobe of the family - no cell phone, makes me program the PVR and bring up the movie list from the NAS to the WDTV Live wireless network streamer box attached to the flat panel TV.
Oh, and I am a parent ;) (daughter got her BSc in Comp Sci last year).
My folks recently changed from an ancient WinXP/Dell/15in to a 27in Imac, ipad and iphone. I was very impressed with the leap. Anyway, they live out west and I only see them once in a while.
On my last visit I got to see all their new stuff. My mom is in the den using the imac. Her right hand is holding the mouse on the left side of the keyboard. "Mom, you're right-handed, Why are you mousing from over there?"
"Well that's where the arrow is"
"See? The arrow is on the left side of the screen"
The mouse speed was admittedly quite slow for what should have been a default setting. So she was moving the mouse around the keyboard to the left side to navigate across the relatively giant screen.
She never had to deal with that in her life coming from a 800x600 display.
So I sped up the tracking speed in the settings and showed her how to lift and move when necessary.
that's their tech "density" in a nutshell
As an adult I just don't have the time to figure out new things as often, not sure if that makes me dense, but call it what you will. Look how long it has taken for older people to program a VCR, now we have cell phones that are practically computers and social media to deal with.
I'm 16 and my room in covered in carpet so when i had to build my computer from the money i made from a traineeship, i had to it it on the dining table and my mum was interested a little bit but i think that's because my computer costed around $2700 AUS and all the hardware looked shiny and new but as the youngest, I'll be the one building the computers in the house for now on.
Still, she did sacrifice the dining room table for a computer build ;)
Oh it only took 4 hours, it was my first proper build sooo.. Yeah, i started well before dinner and i made sure of that
this house is the daddy that enables computer together for the kids
So your dad is a techie, how about mom?
Of course they are not dense!!
They have very sharp minds and keen intellects!
I hope my son would say, Nope. I would have to go with yes tho, thinking of my mother! lol I have had to take part in my sons gaming experiense in a hole different way than my mom did. She just didnt care, was always negativ to videogames but it never came between us in anyway. Now when im older i play more violent games and im a father so insted of saying no to him playing the same games i have taken the time to sitt down with him and talk to him about the violens and how it may or may not differ from the real world. I may fail big time but im only a human! :-)
I guess you could say parents are dense. If some parents knew half of what their child was posting on Facebook (seen it myself), they would have their computer taken off them. But that's, of course, only if they find out... in which they never do. I admit, I'm 16, website owner for the past 4 years, YouTube partner for the past 6 months and my parents have no idea what I do on my computer.... But I will admit, compared to most people I know personally, I am more "internet-wise" than they are so I understand if my parents don't feel the need to check up on me. My parents normally come to me when they're having hardware or software problems with their computers, phones and tablets anyway...
Wow... They have no idea eh... a little disturbing, but unfortunately it's very common.
Well i`m 22 years old by now but i`ve been in Computerstuff since i turned 10 and my parents never showed any interest in what i was doing. I always try to get my mother more motivated to learn about the world i live in and sometimes we have some very serious talk about like criminality in the internet, but it been ages since she last came into my room and asked what game i`m playin there or what the hardware is that is lying all over my room. She uses a computer herself but she basicly only uses it for ebay, online banking and email. I remerber how i (back then 11 years old) had to teach her how to use a browser. My Stepfather knows a lot about TVs a VHS and that kind of stuff but he doesn`t even know how to turn a pc on xD.
Most of the times when my mother has a problem on the computer she comes screaming "oh god, i think i killed the computer!" and than i go over there and solve the problem in like 3 mouseclicks or something.
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