It is definitely harder to teach an old dog new tricks. Especially if that dog is a person like me.
I am smart, quick to pick up and attentive (sort of). Yet there are many ways that I don’t modernize.
Take my car (not literally of course!). I have an incredible dashboard that does everything but clean windows and make lunch. Lots of things are on my steering wheel yet when I want to change the radio volume I reach for the knob on the dash.
No matter how hard I try, I can’t break that habit. Don’t use cruise control either.
I get so few cell phone calls that I didn’t “connect” when I changed phones so I don’t get calls through the car system. Truth is that I don’t get calls period. From anyone. At any time. Ever.
I haven’t been an avid phone person since I was a teenager when it was attached to me like a body appendage. Somewhere along the line I had it surgically removed. Now I’d rather email.
I can do that at my convenience; get to the point of the call; and dispense with niceties. (God, don’t make me be nice to anyone!) I can also do it when the person I want to connect with isn’t available or it’s not a socially accepted time to call.
Recently I took part in judging presentations for our local vocational-technical school. I was with two other judges. They pulled out their cell phones and I pulled out my “old school” calculator. There was some giggling as my calculator made clicks when I touched the keys. I had my cell phone but it goes blank after a period of time and the calculator required two menu choices. Easier to have the old calculator sit on my table.
Recently I’ve had some issues with my rarely used, two-year-old cell phone. It’s a smart phone but not super fancy. Bottom of the line. Very bottom. (That means there is no Siri, Alexis or Beulah to help me.) Occasionally someone will text me but I haven’t had a call in over a year. I deleted the minutes from my plan and just have text and data.
I admire people who whip out their phone to look up things or do stuff. Whenever I try that my fingers aren’t limber and it takes forever. It’s faster to walk to the local library and find an encyclopedia. (You do remember what those are, don’t you?)
My carrier says my cell phone is out of date (seriously at two years?) and needs to be replaced. It’s not taking the upgrades well. For how often I use it, I can limp along with it as is for a while yet.
The carrier sells the old flip phones. They have some added features (but not web access which I don’t use). My next phone will be a flip phone. Hopefully they have them in red.
One step forward and two steps back.