They even do not know how to open the applications.
Because they may have the keypad phones, or maybe these keypad phones are not available to everyone. But we have been using touch phones from childhood, and now we see technologies like dual and triple cameras.
We can easily use dual or triple camera phones because we have been using the same technology for many years, so up-gradation is easy for us.
But our old people who transferred from the days without technology to the days with fast and accurate technology. These changes do not occur gradually, so they cause a problem for the people.
My father has a touch screen mobile, but he cannot use all the functions. They can only open and close some specific applications or know the basic apps like WhatsApp and Facebook but cannot use them properly.
But when I see my younger brother, he can perform those tasks at a very little age that I cannot understand. It shows us that every next generation will be more digitally literate than the previous generation because they have access to digital and modern technology faster than the elders.
Let’s discuss in detail how does technology affects the elderly.
How Does Technology Affect the Elderly?
We were born when the world was using technology, and we grew up seeing many advancements in different fields.
Most tech products like computers, tablets, televisions, air conditioners are easily provided to us. So, we can learn things quicker.
For example, if quantum computers come into the market, we can easily learn how to use them for two or three weeks of practice, but problems are with our elders, and they are affected by it.
For example, everybody uses new ways to contact the person sitting in another country or hundreds of miles away from home.
Our generation can easily contact another person whenever we want, but our elders do not know how to call (voice or video) or chat with them.
If you tell them how to use the specific feature once or twice, they forget it. It affects people because sometimes you are not in the home and want to contact someone.
First, they have to weigh for you and connect the call between two people.
Sometimes they want to read the newspaper, but you know all the things are becoming digital and reading newspapers online will be easy, but older adults do not know how to research relevant things.
If you want to teach them the use of technology, it is no easy task. Many are high aged people, and you learn all the things from your childhood, and you change different things during it.
For example, If you want to search for some task from Google, you can do it, but your elders cannot do it. They have less digital literacy, and you have many times more because you are connected with technology from your date of birth.
If they go to the bank, it will be hard for them to use an ATM and get some money. They will not know the inverter technology in the air conditioner, and they will only ask for the electronic device as the AC, which is used for cooling only.
They will not know the special sciences used behind the AC. If technology has many disadvantages for the older people who were not attached to this thing throughout their lives, there are also many advantages.
Yes, they cannot use tech products without any proper guidance. Still, if a person will remain with them, they will be very happy because if they want to see the country’s current affairs of different parts of the world, then TV is available and a person can show them what they want to watch.
On the other hand, if they had a mobile phone, then give them the knowledge of Google and the platform like YouTube.
So, they can search for entertainment or informational content on their own or with the help of a specific person.
A person can also guide them to use the computer or play the game. They can play the games every day, which refreshes their mind bypassing different levels.
They can also go for a long drive and to enjoy nature. These people can drink different types of cold drinks that were not present at their time.
They can download any novel or book from the internet and read them in their spare time to increase their knowledge.
Why do older People Reject Technology?
Most of the elders do not consider technology a good thing. Because at their time, most of the things were natural. They think that technology is ruining our lives.
Most of them do not consider mobile phones or computers a good thing.
They will prefer to go out or sit with friends instead of using a mobile phone. It is why they cannot be able to learn the use of technology. Most of them also suggest other people reduce its use.
But they do not know how the world is growing so far. There is a lot of difference between the previous century and the present century. In this way, older people reject the technology, but they can see difficulties.
But, if they are recommending you to stay away, it is because they do not know its importance. You should learn the use of gadgets. College life is the most important part of life, and the skills of tech and habits developed during this period are helpful throughout life.
If you fall in love with tech products and start to develop skills related to them, you will be more successful than your batch mates. The coming era is of technology that most people do not understand.
Most students are limited to some books only, and they need to explore things. They also have to know what is happening in the world’s technology sector.
Today, we have AI systems, robots, self-driving cars, and many things that can help us make a good career. Stay up to date with the latest trends, and it will help boost you up.
What are some barriers to access to technologies for the older person?
There are many barriers for older people to access technologies. The companies make many gadgets and applications for the young generation.
The young generation can easily learn to use gadgets or software because they grew up in the age of technology.
Young people are the focus of many companies. These people believe in all the tech-related things and are always ready to pay for them, and the company’s sales increase in this way.
When the same software or gadget is presented to the old person, he can never use it because the gadget is made according to the young people, and those who never use the technology in their lifetime cannot use it.
The companies should also focus on making the software, or gadgets that focus on old people. Old people should be provided a step-by-step guide to using the gadget, or software.
All the things should be present when we open the software, and it should be ready to interact with the old person. It can be the type of software that we give to kids for their understanding.
I hope you can understand things. If you have any questions related to it, then comment below.