(Closed) Stories of the Technologically Illiterate!

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
7680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Heck I don’t even need other people, there are enough embarassing stories about me! I don’t know how to upload photos from my phone. No big deal you say, since I’m in my 40s… except I work with technology and used a computer at work as long ago as the 80s. And the PVR at home has me confused; lucky I have a teenage son.

“Old” technology confuses me too. I have called out to have a car serviced because it wouldn’t start. The problem? I wasn’t pushing the clutch down while turning the ignition. Even worse, I’ve done it twice (several years apart).

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Post # 6
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Awww… I remember when I was like 12 and my mom called me from across the house asking me what copy and paste was and I thought it was the funniest thing I ever heard…

My dad is a writer and editor of a smalltown newspaper and people are always trying to coordinate with him to get their (quilting circle/bake sale/giant vegetable/4H club event/whatever) featured, usually by writing him an honest to goodness letter with photographs enclosed, and he’s always like… “Send me an email. With an attachment.” And then they reluctantly admit they:

1. Have no idea how to add an attachment OR:

2. Don’t have an email addres OR: STUNNINGLY:

3. Don’t own a computer!!!!

This apparently happens all the time.

@watergirl4455:  I feel the same. I’ve fixed computers for everyone I know (I swear I’m not THAT techie, just more than most of my friends and family) but I can’t drive. T_T

Post # 7
5544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

My hospital just changed computer systems where the docs have to put in their orders in the computer instead of writting them for the unit clerk to put in. Theory is that it reduces errors because lets face it, handwriting isnt a medical school course. But the docs can’t do it,  its so frustrating because I did not go to four years of college to sit at a computer and read the screen to someone who went to medical school because he refuses to do it himself. Best thing is when one of them comes through in the middle of rhe night on a tirade about the computer not working like the poor nurses (who hate it too! ) have anything to do with them not being able to find the lab values. 


Post # 8
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Haha! The elderly and technology make me laugh sometimes. When I started at my job 5 years ago, the 60 something year old receptionist had never used a PC – she was still typing out letters on a typewriter! When I got there the new business owners basically upgraded everything!

I literally had to train her from the very basics, how to type a document, how to back space, delete and enter to add lines between paragraphs! Teaching her how to use email was the most painful thing for me. I’m generally pretty patient but you can only say the same thing so many times before you get frustrated. Eventually I set up a gmail account for her and she finally got the hang of it. What makes me happy is that now she’s ecstatic that she can email her son in Ireland and see pics of her grandkids. She can literally get daily updates on what is going on with their lives. 

However, using email via outlook, she still finds very difficult. She’s now retired but still fills in for us occasionally and without fail I will get a call from her on my days off for tech support! It makes me laugh!



Post # 9
1459 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

I have some! XD


At my job we’re in the process of making applying for holiday an online thing. This requires everyone to go home and do some “elearning”. The coach (who is only in her early forties) came in complaining that one thing she had been asked to was to press “tab” to go onto the next section. She didn’t know what that was so she had a bit of a strop and chucked her laptop on the couch and gave up. The thing is, tab normally has “tab” written on it… kinda obvious. IF hers doesn’t – why not just do a google search?


The other thing that I heard about recently was my mum’s father downloaded windows 8 to use on his home pc. He messed a lot of it up and lost quite a few passwords for getting online and stuff but the real kicker is that he thought that by downloading windows 8 his monitor would be converted to a touchscreen. Mum and I were just like… what? Lol. It’s not even like his computer looks like a touchscreen in anyway, it’s a clanky old thing with the old glass screen that gives you a shock if you decide to poke it. We just can’t comprehend how he came to the conclusion that this would in anyway work.

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