Being Technologically Challenged

November 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

In the past I had heard the story of a blonde going into an appliance store sale and finding a bargain.

“I would like to buy this TV,” she told the salesman.
“Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes,” he replied.
She hurried home and dyed her hair, then came back and again told the salesman, “I would like to buy this TV.”
“Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes,” he replied.
“Darn, he recognized me,” she thought.

She went for a complete disguise this time; haircut and new color, new outfit, big sunglasses, then waited a few days before she again approached the salesman. “I would like to buy this TV.”

“Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes,” he replied.
Frustrated, she exclaimed, “How do you know I’m a blonde?”
“Because that’s a microwave,” he replied.

Well it does highlight that certain people in the population do have a difficult time with technology. When someone I know well this past week posted this, I could do nothing but laugh.

She titled it: “What it is like being technologically challenged”

Me (walking into the IT Room): “Hi, I need to use your scanner” (points at machine)
IT Guy: “That is not a scanner. I’ll show you where they are”
*5 minutes later*
Me (walking into the IT Room): “I tried to scan, but I think it didn’t work”
IT Guy: “You need a lesson on how to use the scanner?”
Me: “Yes please…”
*5 minutes later*
Me (walking into the IT Room): “I think I caused a paper jam”
IT Guy: “While scanning?!?”

What makes the second story even funnier is that it recently actually happened and similar stories happen across the nation in offices every day. I think there should be a blog where IT people in the workplace share technology tales. How many times has someone told me something does not work when all that was required was to plug in a device?

There is no question that certain technologies seem designed to reveal generational ignorance and sometimes, just ignorance itself. It does seem that certain people are wired for technology and others just are not. Just today I heard a lady tell a store clerk she does not own a computer. She just refuses to get into the game. Others find learning far too intimidating and their brains just can’t handle it. It is like direction, some people have a good sense of it and others don’t have a clue. My greatest advice to those who struggle with technology is to make yourself friends with a 12-yr old because you will need their help and all of that age group seem to get it.

Berin

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I manage a staff of over 20 people plus oversee the largest video Bible School in the world. I produce many other different types of video training productions for pastors and churches, including a teen Youth series targeted at teenagers called YouthBytes which airs weekly on over 1,000 TV channels. I do graduations worldwide and manage a lot of foreign language translations. I develop and lead many strategic missiological & community development curriculum initiatives, and coordinate television productions for missions in many countries.