15 Internet And The Awkward Age

Internet And The Awkward Age

Posted on October 1, 2011 by

When Wikipedia, YouTube, Skype, Livejournal, Photoshop, and ICQ appeared, a lot of people  were in their sixties. Here’s Tamara Posisaeva. She’s 72 and that’s what she thinks about it.

She decided to get a laptop for two reasons. First of all, she wanted to talk to her granddaughter, who studied in Milan, on Skype. And the second reason was the fact that her husband saw an advertisement about free one-month computer courses, so they decided to try. Being industrious students, they would write all kinds of notes down. However, they’d been thinking themselves to be advanced pupils, until the time for practice came. It was much harder than they’d thought, so at first, they had to consult their children on the phone a lot, but some time later they were Ok. Now Tamara knows how to surf the web to find the best deal on vacation tours, and she doesn’t have to bother her children anymore. She’s learnt how to download movies, so she’s watched all the oscar-winning movies of this year. ‘King’s Speech’ is her favorite. She also likes old Soviet movies which are rarely shown on TV. Tamara’s husband managed to find his classmates, whom he hadn’t seen for 50 years!

They do like the Internet and think it’s great! When she was a child, a TV-set was something beyond belief, and now people who are far away from each other, can see each other and talk. One of Tamara’s retired friends has purchased an electronic book and she loves it! So wants Tamara.


15 Responses to “Internet And The Awkward Age”

  1. geoff says:

    That story is terrific. 72 73 74 and 80 years old, and not afraid to have a go and learn something new.

  2. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Fantastic! A Computer hooked up to the Internet is the key to the universe. Good for them…

  3. Tovarich Volk says:

    Sadly, none of them are Linux Geeks. –yet.

  4. fnu lnu says:

    what is the URL for Dmitry Borisovich Lomonosov’s site?

  5. Viktor says:

    It is nice to know that old Russian people are as computer illiterate as their American counterparts.

  6. Ostyak-Vogul says:

    I bet that when we will be old, a few of us will know how to manage the 2070’s technology. So these people are examples.

  7. Joe says:

    That is sad. Technology kills real social life and social skills degrade. Look at Western societies – everyone is staring at their laptops, tablets, smart phones most of the time: at work, home, outside, on bus, etc.

  8. schtuka says:

    thanks for the link. read couple pages, pretty interesting.

  9. antti says:

    Did you notice Ernst has an IRC client on his desktop?

  10. Market Price says:

    I like the fact that most of them are using torrent. lawls

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