According to Moore's Law,' the amount of transistors on a microchip increases by 100% every two years. Due to this trend, computer speeds increase dramatically over time, and by extension, technology grows exponentially.
Based on the somewhat difficult relationship between older people and technology, this principle might be correct. Even if you have not directly been in a situation where you have seen a senior struggle with technology, you have probably read or heard of how much of a challenge the latest technologies are to many older people.
Unfortunately for older people, ignoring technology is not an option. Therefore, they have to do all they can to keep pace.
Younger people have no problems catching up, and many of them actually imagine living in a more technologically advanced future. In any case, many young people grew up in the age of computers, smartphones, and the internet.
However, many older people are still struggling with the basics of technology, which is why they often make hilarious mistakes that leave us shocked or amused.
Some of these technology fails are so epic that some people have had to explain that the gadget grandma was holding and looking at curiously was actually not what she thought it was.
Let's be clear: we are not here to give older people a hard time and make them seem like a bother for asking for help when handling modern technology.
Our opinion is that these fails are hilarious and often cute, especially because they come from older people who are generally considered much wiser than everyone else. On some level, these funny missteps help us appreciate the fact that wisdom, or knowledge for that matter, can peak at any age.
With that, here are some of the most unforgettable fails that show just how clueless older people can be when dealing with technology.
1. Guy Opens Front Camera And Grandma Says: "That's A Very Nice Picture, When Is That From?"
He thought he would take a selfie with grandma. However, as soon as he opened the front camera, she saw their faces on the phone. She thought it was a picture from way back, and she had to be reminded: "that's us right now."
Some of us tend to forget that the internet as we know it has developed over the past few decades. However, right now, it might not seem like the world ever survived without it.
Younger generations are far too dependent on the internet, but many older people can comfortably live without it.
That said, there are instances when these older people have to interact with technology. During these moments, it becomes apparent just how taxing it can be to explain to them how "an internet" works. Younger people often have to tell older folk about the benefits and joys of using modern technology.
Of course, all generations need to know their way around modern technology.
There are even companies that have been set up to offer older people training on the use of technology.
This is very important, especially at times like this when technology is proving to be more important than ever. With everyone stuck at home, video calls have taken the place of face-to-face meetings as everyone remains isolated at home.
Seniors are especially affected as their mobility is also seriously limited. That means technology offers them a way to remain connected and independent.
2. They Don't Call It "Sex Party" Anymore, Mom
We should all realize that learning something new is always challenging, regardless of age. However, this process is a little harder on older people.
Anyone who is trying to use the internet for the first time encounters some difficulties. What makes the problem worse is that many things determine what might be acceptable to share online.
Failure to understand such issues about the unique nature of online audiences can result in more than a few problems.
Granted, the internet has been around for quite a while, and this can't be the first time people have realized that older people struggle quite a bit when using modern technology.
So, why are people only recently starting to make fun of their inability to use technology correctly?
There are quite a couple of reasons this is happening. As mentioned before, technology is evolving very fast. Its availability is also growing fast, which means it is easily reaching people who could not afford or care much about it in the past.
3. Grandma Vs The Mixer
4. He Got The Tie For Free And Wears It Regularly, Is It A Naughty Message To The Ladies?
Over the past few years, computer and smartphone speeds have changed substantially. Many of us can remember waiting for what seems like an eternity for browsers or computers to boot back in the 90s.
Such folks understand better than most how far technology has come.
Computer internet speeds were unbearable by modern standards, as these gadgets relied on dial-up connections.
These days, the internet is fast and easily available, thanks to smartphones that are forever in the palms of our hands. Wherever we go, we have an internet connection close by.
Obviously, this has made it a lot easier for us to make the best of this technological advancement. We can always get in touch with our family and friends, check out our favorite sites, and scroll through funny memes online.
5. "Is It Brighter Now?" Using A Flashlight To Make An IPad Screen Brighter
6. He's Not Happy With That Look
Grandpa was trying to have his passport photo taken but ended up pressing the wrong button.
Younger people are more anxious to have their parents and grandparents learn to use technology. That might explain why the number of elderly people using modern technology is gradually increasing every year.
Back in 2000, only about 14% of people aged over 65 used technology regularly. As we speak, that number has grown to a respectable 75%.
7. Grandpa And Grandma Waiting For Each Other At The Mall. If Only There Was A Way They Could Get In Touch
8. Got Him A Kindle For His Birthday, Prefers To Use It As A Bookmark
9. I Hope This Will Help
After telling grandpa they wanted to build their own computer over the phone, he sent this through the mail a few weeks later.
Today's best thing about technology is that older people can access it more easily, especially the internet. What they need the most is guidance on how to make the best of it.
However, even though many older people are trying to learn how to use technology properly, they are still struggling. For years, a mouse has been the nightmare of many senior citizens and learning to use words like an app, data, or wifi usually takes a while.
Based on a study from 2015, just 26% of people older than 65 felt confident when using computers, smartphones, and other gadgets. About a third of them admitted to being a little or not at all confident in their ability to use the internet.
Those who are determined to learn, however, can still figure it out. Obviously, some need someone who can teach them how to use these technologies.
10. Bob Will Do, Thank You
11. An Epic First Message
12. Grandma Made A Purchase, She Thought It Was A Cross
Without a doubt, we need to help older people figure out modern technology, but helping them have a more positive attitude towards it is just as important.
Already, some organizations are stepping up to the plate and trying to help older people get online. Some have come up with guides that older people can use when trying to use the internet.
However, this process cannot be rushed, and we have to let them learn to use these technologies at their own pace. That amounts to having small, simple, and achievable goals.
They could start with something small like checking the weather before moving on to more complex tasks like learning how to make video calls to friends or relatives.
13. Something Uber Drivers Might Use, According To Grandma
After her grandchild informed grandma that he worked for Uber, she had no idea how that worked. So, she decided to get him a weekly planner as a way to help out.
14. When Grandpa Decided It Was Time To Unsubscribe From Facebook, He Wrote Them This Letter
15. Grandpa Wanted To Know Why Trail Mix Tastes Horrible
It is vital to be patient when teaching older people how to use technology. According to experts, they should not be rushed.
Even if they are not ready or willing to start, they should be allowed the freedom to decide when they should begin learning how to use various technologies.
They should also be told that they have a right to stop whenever they want to. It is also important to let them know you are only teaching them a thing or two that might help them out.
The best approach is to explain the benefits and then allow them to ask questions and understand why they need the technology in the first place.
16. Grandma Is Crazy About Gardening, But Didn't Know What This Mask Meant
17. Grandpa Checking On IRoomba, He Doesn't Trust It
18. Couldn't Find Fisheye Lens, Mom Had Repurposed It As A Clipper
There are a lot of older people who need to learn about technology. You also need a few tricks on how to get stubborn seniors to embrace technology.
With these tricks, more people can become part of the digital revolution.
19. Mom Decided To Make The Remote Easier To Use After Getting An Updated TV System
20. Grandma Got A Lovely "Jesus" Statue
21. Not Going To Smile For The Camera
22. She Printed Divorce Papers On Stickers
23. Dad Was Landscaping, Then He Realized What He Had Actually Done
24. Grandma Bought Masks To Protect Against Covid-19, They Have Holes That Make It "Easier To Breathe"
25. She Had No Intention Of Using The Voice Feature To Text, Couldn't Stop It Either
26. Whenever Mom Visits, They Make This "Flower Vase"
27. My Bad. It Wasn't Not Him
28. Mom Decided To Push Some Buttons In The Car
29. After Liking A Photo On Facebook, Grandpa Printed The Entire Page To Display The Photo At Home
30. Trying To Explain To The 70-Year Old Man That His Finger Was Covering The Lens
31. Grandma Passing Down Her Recipes Using 'Modern Technology'
32. Mom Learned How To Change WiFi Names, She Loves Cats
33. Grandma Trying To Figure It All Out On Facebook. Very Good Questions
34. Mom Was Embarrassed To Find "Panties" On The Kitchen Table
35. Not The Best Background Choice, Obviously
36. Christmas Photo From Dad
37. Grandma Isn't So Sure He Is Really Christopher
38. A Picture Uploaded On Facebook Marketplace
39. Cher Accidentally Activated The Night Mode, Sinatra Suggested She Should Restart To Solve The Problem
40. Grandpa Bought Neck Massager Online, Quite Impressed It's Also Waterproof
41. Interesting Larn Yard For Your Keys, Grandma
42. Grandpa Asked Grandkids To Drop By And Get Free Computers, Garage Is Full Of Them
43. Chinese Grandparents Put This On The Wall, Thought It Was An Inspirational Message In English
44. 80-Year-Old Dad Was Embarrassed To Get This "Sex Toy" And Hid It Immediately
45. Old People Thought They Were Using The Crying Emoji
46. Mom Photocopies Recipes From Her IPad. Brilliant Or Unnecessary?
47. Grandma Thought These Were Condoms. Clearly, She Needs Better Glasses
48. Mom Found A Blurb About An App She Liked, She Cut It And Taped It To Her Phone
49. Whenever Grandpa Tries To Log Into Facebook, He Creates Another Account
50. Starting With The Basics
As you can see, nobody can accuse older generations of not trying to jump on the technology bandwagon, however hilarious the outcome might be.