The Questions & Answers from my Interview

Posted: October 11, 2014 in Mediated Lives

Hi Sam,

Here are some thoughts re our conversation last night.

I think that my decision to upgrade or not is determined by the following:

  1. what you require your mobile to do . I think most people my age group would say first and foremost to be able to communicate wherever you are. I do not require a mobile telephone to do anything else. Make calls, receive calls send texts, receive texts. I do not want my mobile to provide me with a weather forecast or the stock market situation or the latest news.
  1. We evaluate the use of and the necessity for any additional functions when these additions cost a great deal more.
  1. While mobile phones are in themselves a very positive addition to our lives, they also invade our privacy and make us more vulnerable. Keeping it SIMPLE and limiting its use is also limiting its use or misuse to our advantage.

I would like to begin by exploding the myth beloved of the younger generation that older people are unable to understand and comprehend new technology. This is absolute nonsense.

It may well take them longer to understand and use to their advantage but then they have the luxury of time in which to do this and more importantly they are choosing to involve themselves and will also decide what to take on board and what to leave alone, without peer pressure.

The importance of self-reliance is also a very crucial factor in our attitude to social media such as Facebook or twitter. Our desire to involve others in our problem solving or decision making in public is not acceptable to older people who do not need others, total strangers in most cases making decisions for them or commenting on their problems.

Self-esteem and confidence are often sadly lacking is those who seek the approval of others and invite intruders into their private lives.

Privacy is also an important issue. Where so much information about us is now computerised our lives are on display from cradle to grave. This can be advantageous and in some respects can protect and assist us. However once we place our trust in new technology we need to understand both the benefits and the dangers.

We do not own new technology. It owns us. Once you understand this your natural caution kicks in. Older people have both the time and the inclination to evaluate what is on offer and what benefits or drawbacks are involved. Older people are less inclined to do their banking online and are quite often very cautious about providing any information involving financial transactions or personal details.

They do not altogether trust the technology that drives the social media or the technology that provides us with mobile phones, computers and all the other additional hardware/software that we are constantly being told we cannot live without. The ability to be able to financially afford all of the constant updates to both equipment and software is also a major factor.

Must have it now is simply another way of explaining away the pressure from peers. Older people tend to question expenditure and would need to be sure that any financial commitment was justified. In other words if I am not going to use it, why would I want to pay for it

Older people value their privacy. They value self-reliance. They will use the technology available if they feel it is both cost effective and beneficial to their lives. They have an enormous advantage over the younger generation in that they did not grow up with new technology. They were not subjected to the pressures that now exist. I’m not sure if this is a discourse or a rant but these are my thoughts.


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