As the Brexit negotiations continue, the Last Laugh Looney Party, continues to take a prominent lead in the discussions. After the success they had in reaching agreement in banning packaging, they moved forward with the progressive proposals on “small print”. Once again Mr Junket thought this was a small and inconsequential issue. But it’s certainly not a small issue for older people who are increasingly marginalised by new technology.
The GrumbleSmiles blog has been raging about the issue of new gadgets which leave old people behind. The promise of new technology was supposed to make life easier which we are sure it does for many people. But not for old people who can’t get to grips with it. Here are some examples highlighted in the GrumbleSmiles blog.
This blog entitled “Technology Gap” was posted in 2012 and it explains some of the frustrations older people have with using computers.
This blog was a moan about Kindles wich seemed to be all over the place in 2012. They had the potential to replace books altogether but they still had very small fonts which were not easy to read.
Technology has moved on so quickly that they have now been virtually replaced by tablets (not the aspirin variety).
In November 2012 when this blog was written, it was about the difficulty older people had using ATM cash machines and online banking.
Now we are moving towards a cashless society that won’t be easy for older people.
A year later in 2013, I decided to become a member of the younger generation and get into video games and texting.
Sadly it never happened because the video game controls were beyond me and texting was another one of those abbreviated languages I couldn’t be bothered with.
I had great hopes for digital watches which I wrote about again in 2013 in a blog called “Old Geek 2”.
That is yet another gadget that passed me by.
For Christmas in 2013, I got an MP3 player. That really moved me into the digital age! I was able to travel up and down in the train to London and not look out-of-place because I too had some earphones stuck in my ears just like everybody else.
In 2014 I blogged about iPhones. For the younger generation, they have replaced telephone landlines and are an essential piece of everyday equipment so that they can stay in touch with everybody, every hour of everyday.
I still don’t have one and am content to be out of touch with people most hours of most days.
To read all these blogs click on “Technology Gap” in the Tag Cloud.
Most of these raging blogs are about the new technologies of personal computers and mobile phones. But the impact of new technology spreads much further than that and dramatically changed everything from televisions to microwaves to cookers, washing machines, tumble dryers etc. You name it and technology has transformed it with an array of buttons which previously were only found in the cockpit of Jumbo Jets. Whilst for the younger generation this makes many things easier and more accessible. It has had the opposite impact on many of the older generation.
The Last Laugh Looney Party has now agreed with Mr Junket of the European Union and Mrs Tezz on behalf of Britain, that all gadgets in future will be restricted to TWO BUTTON TECHNOLOGY. If you can’t make it work with two buttons, then think again and make it simpler to operate. This will be a radical shift in gadget design whose aim is to make everything age friendly. Then older people will be able to use their newly released wealth to buy many more things that will be useful to them in making life easier.