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Scott Francis Baker


October 21st, 2007

Instant Communication @ 12:57 pm

Quick Poll:

For those of you with grandparents still alive, how many of them have an email active address?

My grandma has an email address (and IM) that she checks just about once a week. She's pretty good about checking it, and she knows how to get around (AOL but still). I'm guessing that's relatively uncommon for a woman of 76 (?). I can't imagine my life without email, but that older generation still seems to be afraid of communication.
 
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From:graceadieu
Date:October 21st, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)

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Since I am nearly 60 and my last grandparent died in 1962, I hope it is ok for me to reply employing data from Larry's and my last surviving parent, Larry's Mother, who is 81. Mom has had a computer for approximately 12 years and checks her email several times a day. She loves playing solitaire on the computer, which she does each evening before retiring. However, she much prefers to get phone calls or handwritten letters from us. Also, she regrets that so many of her neighbors no longer want to visit on their porches or in their living rooms because, as she says "they all rush home to get on their computers every night!"
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From:graceadieu
Date:October 21st, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)

:)

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I should have also mentioned that my two aunts, aged 81 and 95, have had computers for a very long time and send emails, send photos by email, and are rather proficient in their computer usage.
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From:shades3d
Date:October 21st, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
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My dad's mom doesn't do the whole computer thing.

My mom's parents both use computers regularly (my grandpa was a computer engineer) and thus have active email and IM and check them often.
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From:monkeyhole
Date:October 21st, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
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My surviving grandparent, my grandmother on my mother's side, wouldn't touch a computer to save her own life.

However, her sister (my great-aunt) loves computers, loves sending and receiving email, and does so quite often. I think the main reason for this is that she has close relatives in Denmark and email is a cheap way for them to keep in touch.

I find that even for my own parents, the computer is a more specific tool than for younger generations. My parents own a computer only for one specific purpose; genealogy. This was the driving force behind learning how to use a computer, and more importantly, the internet. All of the other things they now use the computer for (email, personal accounting, etc) are side-effects of learning about computers for genealogy.
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From:gorgonous
Date:October 22nd, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
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My grandfather on my mom's side uses a computer and email, but he used to work at Intel and is still in his 60s. I don't believe my grandmother uses the computer at all.

My grandfather on my dad's side is 90 and I don't think he's ever touched a computer in his lifetime.
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From:anilnaik
Date:October 23rd, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
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I'd hardly say that they are "afraid of communication" because they don't like email.
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From:muerte
Date:October 23rd, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Afraid of modern communication?

Scott Francis Baker