The aggravation of computers

By Bev Pechan



Things were so much less stressful before the age of electronics. When they work, they can be wonderful. Often, though, they have some sort of glitch that won’t let you do what you did before and more time is spent trying to find solutions than if a plain old typewriter and landline phone were used. And just about anyone nowadays must do almost everything online. Nobody wants to bother with talking person-to-person, because we who are senior citizens ask too many questions as we try to figure out the maze of options and departments we must deal with.

That really bugs us, for we are active and believe-it-or-not do not have time to waste cussing computer malfunctions. Other than being perpetually confused, it is taking time away from our regular jobs. Yes, a lot of us are still working. Some of us enjoy having a place to go and others need the money to afford such luxuries as groceries, lights, rent and driving a vehicle or both. Some with retirement income are busy playing bridge and musical instruments and enjoying gardening or cooking clubs. They have important hobbies —  some are second careers like arts or crafts, woodworking, auto restoration, writing and sports groups to be involved with. And sometimes they will tackle jobs nobody else wants to do or will provide valuable volunteer labor within their community.

To save time, computers are supposed to take up the slack and get things done faster. Grandkids can do these things better, though their interest is in entertainment and things that can be accomplished quickly. Imagine for them if the hi-speed internet wasn’t working or they had to contact multiple sources, which caused them to have to wait for information.