Will a salesperson ever treat me like an adult again?
- Yes, there are a lot of older adults who act helpless around electronic devices.
- And do dumb things.
But what about those of us who know what we're doing?
- I was a computer programmer in my 20's.
- I was a corporate computer trainer at a Fortune 500 company in my 30's.
In my 40's and 50's, I was a college instructor who taught adults how to create web pages.
- I've ordered computers and software for computer labs.
- I maintain computer systems for a living.
If I look at a laptop at a store with my boyfriend, the salesperson talks to him, not me.
- My boyfriend does know a lot about electronics; he has taught electronics at a college.
- I ignore the salesperson and chat with my boyfriend.
THE SALESPERSON DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY after I point out the laptop's processor, hard drive size, and memory.
- I have an iPad, a cellphone, plus a laptop that I maintain.
Now I have to admit I hate dealing with the television, but that's because I've only owned two. They're not a high priority for me.
Since my boyfriend is older than me, I assume salespeople talk to me like I'm an addled idiot because I'm a woman.
Lost that sale, honey!
I look in stores; then I order my electronic devices from the web now.
- I don't have to deal with sexist salespeople who treat me like I'm their mom or grandmother.
Older does not mean moron; and younger may not know everything...
Just because your older relative is ignorant about electronics doesn't mean every older adult is a complete moron!
And there are plenty of millennials and others doing dumb things, too.
- I'm not the one posting nude photos on the Internet for infinity.
I've taught an Intro to Computers class, as well as a course on how to create web pages (using HTML5/CSS) for several years.
- I can't believe how many young adults don't know what a folder or file is.
A folder is a location to store documents or files in.
- Files are: images (JPG, PNG, GIFs), Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or PowerPoint presentations.
In all my assignment directions for students, I have to say: "Save your files in a location you can find again."
The operative words are "find again."
Young people may know how to use social media and their iDevices.
- But for some, laptops and desktop computers are another matter.
The next big gotcha introduced into these young people's lives was image copyrights.
- Seriously, nearly everyone who has taken my web class thought you could grab any image off of the Internet and put it wherever you wanted.
- It's free, right? Screw those artists? What?
And often, students thought they could copy any web article, word for word.
- But some think they can do that with a printed book, too.
Plagiarism seems to be popular among Americans.
Don't get me wrong. I spent hours with my students, helping them.
- And I love Millennials (Gen Y), Gen X, and Gen Z.
My generation, the Baby Boomers, are a massive disappointment to me.
- I don't have lots of peers that I share common ground with.
And my parents' generation, the Silent Generation, oh my, let's not even go there.
- They're in their 80s and 90s. Name an ism, and my parents have it.
- But I know, not all folks are alike!
I love the Millennials, Gen X, and Gen Z. I share many beliefs with them.
- I like them and admire them. They're fun. They're the future.
But like it not, some of us Boomers will be around another 20–30 years.
- Based on my genetics, I'm going to live to my 90s.
And some of us are not that different from you.