Do you use Google Drive? Instagram? Facebook?
Do you know how to record voice messages to your smart phone?
Can you make a short movie to send to your children or family?
Do any of these matter to you? What do you use your technology for? Do you have a smartphone, computer, tablet, e-reader, or some other device? Many adults are put off by the constant changes, the new devices, and the sheer amount of new knowledge needed to stay current. But don’t let that put you off.
There is no way any of us can “catch up”, “stay current”, or even “keep pace” with technology. The best we can do is find our own comfort zone where we have enough knowledge to use technology to accomplish the tasks we need to do.
If you like to stay in touch with friends online, there are hundreds of ways to stay connected, Facebook included. Maybe email still works for you to communicate with others. Still others prefer to use a video conferencing format like Skype or FaceTime.
Here’s the key: You don’t need to know every last option nor be overwhelmed by the variety of choice. Find some apps that work for you and use them!
Alternatively, you should also be open to new ideas and try to stay somewhat current with new applications or software that gives you more opportunities to do what you need to do. No doubt, communication, productivity, and creativity are three major reasons you use technology and those areas are changing everyday.
And when you don’t know something, use your search skills to find out. Often the biggest hurdle for those who get stuck in their technology is the inability to search for an answer that might be right in front of them.
Here is a podcast and a series of technology articles that you might want to peruse occasionally to see what’s new!
• The Tech Guy, Leo Laporte — excellent explanations about technology, computers, and the Internet.
• New York Times Technology — articles on all aspects of technology
Chris Toy says
Yes! Technology can be a way to broaden our family and social connections, enriching our lives and the communities we live in!
Ed Brazee says
And it can be accomplished as a regular and normal part of life without taking over everything else we do. Balance can be had. Thanks for your comment, Chris.