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Tech Savvy at 50?

Posted by: Dorothy Douglass on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Iím 50 now.  Shhh Ė donít tell anyone.  My brain still hasnít caught up with my physical age in many ways, and I kind of hope it doesnít.   Iím actually working on just the opposite Ė getting my physicality in a little better shape, and a little Ďyounger.í  Itís a long-term commitment, for sure.

My brain does act 50 sometimes though Ė when it comes to being technology-savvy, Iím a little slow to get on board.  It took a lot of poking and prodding to get me on Facebook.  Iíve been on it for a few years, and I have to face facts Ė my technology-driven friends were Ďright on.í  Iíve reconnected & learned more about friends -from my current pals all the way back to elementary school chums.  Facebook is as intimidating as I let it be.  Iíve learned to manage the urge to be on it incessantly.  Iíve become closer with some of my friends as a result, and I know some acquaintances better than before.

I have a Smartphone, read books and magazines on my Kindle, am on LinkedIn (the professional social network, so they say), and I do most of my banking via the internet.  I get my bank statements via email, and I have to stop sometimes as I flip through my mail at home Ė and ask myself why havenít I signed up for almost everything to come electronically?   So much paper is wastedÖ.

Truth is, Iím not quite as tech-savvy as I could be, but Iím solidly above the bottom of the matrix.  Maybe Iím in the Ďfirst quartileí of tech-savvy?  I donít tweet, use Foursquare or Hootsuite, and frankly, donít even know what a couple of those are.  But Iím trying. Are you?

The New Year gives us the little nudge we need sometimes to try something new. Maybe youíve been thinking about trying online banking or online bill pay. Maybe youíd like to use mobile banking, but youíre just not sure. Do it. Take that leap and try something new this year. Who knows, maybe youíll be like this 50 year old and find that technology can be good. 

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