Reprint from August 26, 2015
OK, so I grew up in a different time – I’m old – I never had computer science in school – I was never handed a smart phone at the age of two, to keep me quiet in church. It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I never considered myself illiterate, but all of that has changed.
I’m one of those antiques that learned things from books, experience, life. So what’s a person to do when you get a message on your computer to call a number because of some suspicious malware. Of course I realize immediately that Peggy is a man. I’m smart enough to know that someone who speaks nothing but broken English, could potentially get into my computer and steal all my information. Luckily I realized immediately, when I asked to speak to someone in the United States, and the next voice I heard was nearly identical to the first voice.
You see, I grew up believing that we should trust each other. Somehow trust has become a tarnished word, along with faith, customer service and truth.
When you’re unfamiliar with all the terminology, you get lost easily. I know all this technology is designed to make our lives easier, but when you have to spend hours trying to figure things out, it isn’t really a time saver.
So, it’s true. I’m illiterate. I’m 76 years old and I’m illiterate! Somebody please literate me!!