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Your view: can you be too old for new tech?

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There was a debate on Which? Conversation that recently piqued my interest. It was on whether new gadgets, like smartwatches, were of interest to people over the age of 60…

I’ve always wondered whether in retirement I’d be as interested in new technology. Would I still have my love for video games, for example?

Maybe I still would, but perhaps I’d long for a good ‘old fashioned’ physical controller, rather than playing games in a holographic virtual world as the latest craze might be in the year 2060.

I’d like to think I’d still be open to new technology and new experiences in 2060, but who knows?

No interest in the latest ‘gimmicks’?

And now I’m going to have to take a step back, for fear of sounding patronising to those already in retirement. The reason I bring up these musings is because of a comment made on a Conversation by tech researcher Mike Plant in favour of smartwatches. Joe commented:

‘I sometimes wish Which? would employ their researchers a bit nearer the average age of the Which? reader, late 40s, 50s? As you can see 62% of us have no interest whatsoever in the latest techno gimmick that in reality does nothing to enhance your life whatsoever. Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh. Maybe it does add something exciting to the life of someone in their 20s and 30s. However, anything that records, tracks, reports, monitors my every movement fills me with horror.

‘Maybe some kind of wearable technology will become essential in your everyday life but it will not in mine.’

BobC loves his FitBit

I’m with Joe on his disdain for smartwatches, as argued in a post earlier this week. However, I was pleased to see the following comments in response. BobC said:

‘I’ve reached the ripe ‘old’ age of 67. I’ve recently worked my way through three different smartphones before settling on a Galaxy Note 3. I also have a Fitbit that I use in conjunction with MyFitnessPal – it’s great and has helped me lose some weight and get enough exercise.

‘Can people please accept that you can be over 60 and have a fascination with and skill in using technology!’

Agatha agreed:

‘I just want to support BobC and others like us. I am 56 and also love new technology, it’s creative, fun and useful so I for one welcome any info on what’s new and available out there!’

So, for fear of posing a patronising question, do you think you can be too old to have a passion for new tech?

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‘ So, ….. do you think you can be too old to have a passion for new tech? ‘

Have a smartphone, that’s abt it really- mainly for communication-
AND as high tech as it gets… oh why does Patrick pick a subject
with which I’m likely to agree…. that’s a third in a week!!

I have some guys I know-oldies- who get terribly excited
at things innovative…. not me and not on grounds of cost
by any means.

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I am 89 and lost my short term memory over 2years ago. I have always loved new technology, so it was hard not to be able to use my computer nor, at first, my IPad. I.have since regained a lot of memory although not very short term memory. One of my most useful possessions is a talking watch
which is great – I always know the day and date. It is all coming back. Looking through old photos is a great help – providing you have names on the back. Even if you don’t, old diaries are a great source of memory when you are looking at them. Best of luck

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You should be happy Argonaut!

Glad technology is helping you for the better Tony!

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Hugh says:
11 April 2014

Having read so many comments I am a little diffident in expressing my views !! However at nearly 96 (correct !) I am still using Desktop,Laptop,ipad and Mobile Phone every day and would be lost without Skype-having a large extended family overseas–I consider you are never too old to learn-Hugh

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That’s good to hear and thanks for taking the time to make a comment. I hope you can use technology to visit us and contribute more often 🙂

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I have neighbours in their late sixties. I got to know them when Mrs G bought a Sinclair ZX Spectrum in 1982. Since then, she has gone on to be a gadget enthusiast and each time I go over for coffee she is sending and receiving messages and stuff on Facebook while we speak, though the TV is always silenced or paused out of courtesy when I visit. On my previous visit I was told all about all the gadgetry in the new car. Mr G has never shown much practical involvement with technology, but is interested in seeing what can be achieved, such the photos taken by their youngest grandchild.

I am fascinated by new gadgets, whether they are children’s toys or expensive products aimed at affluent adults. It is fun to play with them and see what the designer has achieved, but that is enough and I rarely have any wish to buy them.

I am convinced that older people who cope best with technology are those who have grown up with it. Good design can make technology more accessible to novices. It is amazing how effective Google has become at giving the right answer to the wrong question. Likewise, Facebook is wonderfully easy to use (here I am an observer rather than a user).

One of the reasons I have put off buying a smartphone is because I struggle to read small print and should really be using reading glasses – an early form of wearable technology, albeit new to me. When I discovered that I can read the smallest print without glasses by turning up the screen brightness, I bought a smartphone. This 62 year old needs a gadget to remind him that the phone is on the charger and not in my pocket when I leave the house. 🙁

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hmm not sure I’d agree with your comments on facebook, as:

1) they’re forever changing things and mostly not for the benefit of the user
2 and this is the worst part they don’t vet the ads that get put up, there’s one currently with the words money saving expert on it and its the same cowboys behind the tax return gateway “scam”, and nothing to do with Mr Lewis’s MoneySavingExpert and there’s no easy why to report dodgy ads.

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I am not sure if they could help but it could be worth reporting the ad which is concerning you to 1) The Advertising Standards Association, and 2) your local Trading Standards Office. In my experience, the latter claim to be interested in anyone who misprepresents themselves as someone else.

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I’ve already told money saving expert (twice), and tweeted Trading Standards and Action Fraud, but not one of them has responded.

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William – Perhaps I should not have commented on Facebook since I don’t use it, but people of all ages seem to cope well with it. The well known concerns about Facebook are the main reason I don’t use it.

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I also belong to the ‘senior’ generation and whilst I can’t claim to be a tech wizard by any means I happen to have a son who is and as a consequence I am often persuaded to purchase the next gadget that “Mom you need this to keep abreast of all the latest developments”. Although I do struggle at first he is usually on hand to guide me through the rudiments before my innate thirst for knowledge kicks in and an element of addiction will take over until I realise there is a need to eat and sleep!

For me the ability to just pick up my iPad at a moments notice and find answers to questions that have eluded me for years is quite incredible and I would now be lost without it. Although I don’t subscribe to Facebook or Twitter [I find them a little too gossipy] I do learn a lot from some of the debates on Which? Conversation which keeps the old grey matter ticking over, so long may it continue to work in the interest of the consumer.

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I was brought up on the Eagle Comic and now take the How It Works magazine. So at 70 I now have my comic again! The beauty of it is the information, which is wide ranging, is short and sharpe and to the point.

I love change, gadgets and learning new things. Have iPhone, iPad, and a new Mac , all bought in the last 12 months, and the best thing is getting rid of Microsoft. My PC had so many Microsoft updates that it ran out of memory! When in business, from the early 1990,s we ran on Linux, Solaris and were a development site for Sun. Happy days.

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You can never be too old for new tech but with experience and maturity the priority attached to things changes and the relative values of products alter. When people can no longer obtain an income from working the cost of tech devices [not just the initial outlay but the running costs] becomes an issue. Having said that, there are lots of examples of tech dvices that enable people to achieve economies while enhancing their lives at the same time.

I wonder whether the apparent lack of enthusiasm from my generation [born in the years after the Second World War] is due to the fact that we have experienced remarkable lives and witnessed extraordinary changes in lifestyle, engineering, science, technology, medicine, transport, connectivity, fashion, music, entertainment and the creative arts. In fact, so much so, that some of the new technological developments seem paltry fare by comparison and many of the facilities now available appear to be fractional advances across an extremelybroad front rather than the massive leaps forward to which we had become accustomed. And also, with age comes wisdom [hopefully]; hence, perhaps, our jaded reactions.

Why have digital watches not caught on? They are excellent at telling you how many minutes have elapsed since the last hour, but absolutely useless without mental arithmetic at saying how many minutes there are to go before the next hour arrives. Whereas, with an old-fashioned timepiece, a grand-child or a grandparent can see at a glance where the minute hand is on the dial and how much time is left in that hour.

I am, by nature, too utilitarian in outlook to get worked up about most of the devices on the market and appealing for my pocket money. All around me I can see that paper hasn’t evaporated from our lives, that the pocketable, portable, two-pages-at-a-glance daily newspaper with its intuitive readability beats scrolling around on the internet clicking links and doing everything in a primitive binary manner, and that mobile phone communication is, on most occasions, a poor substitute for conventionl technology in terms of privacy, comfort, and convenience [although it comes into its own in emergencies and when travelling of course].

I have always loved new technology at the macro level but find it underwhelming at the micro and personal level. I am mightily impressed by the hardware available today and by some of the more advanced software applications, but I am less enamoured of its banal personal capabilities that people keep going on about and that constantly compete for our attention. There was a Which? Conversation [“Which apps make you appy?” – 08/03/13] inviting people to nominate their favourite smartphone apps and say what use they made of them; apart from Skype and a few travel-related and banking apps, it was a pretty thin crop that eloquently demonstrated how so many things associated with tech devices are solutions looking for problems and don’t exactly get us much further forward than the application of intelligence and resourcefulness alone will do. In fact it worries me that these attributes are under-mined by over-reliance on technology where people stress over speed and capacity rather than quality and significance.

The one area where new developments have enabled major gains is safety, and this is why the world must continue to explore and expand the functionality of digital technology. To give just one example: every modern train on our railways [that are running at bursting point in the peaks] is continuously transmitting and receiving safety-critical information, primarily to improve operational performance but, as a free by-product, to make the system safer so that overloaded trains are not failing under the strain or derailing with appalling consequences. The hope is that, one day, motor cars might be so well protected from poor maintenance or bad driving.

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I can relate to a many new gadgets seeming trivial, John. That is the main reason that I put off buying a satnav until they were commonplace. As someone with such a poor sense of direction that I can head in the wrong direction even if I am on the right street, I am very glad to have Jane on my TomTom offering advice and it is very reassuring when we are in agreement. By avoiding missing motorway junctions and not going round the houses in built up areas, I reckon I have saved the cost of the device. I hate to arrive late at meetings, so it is reassuring to know that I have 20 minutes to spare. Most of my friends have a much better sense of direction, so I’m not surprised that some of them regards satnavs as pointless gadgets.

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I suspect it’s less a case of being too old for new tech than that age has granted the wisdom to separate useful tech from ‘fashion’ tech! One of the biggest drivers amongst the young for buying new tech seems to be to be able to brag about having it rather than having a need – the midnight queues outside Apple shops when a new product is put on the market are a good example of this.

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For many youngsters fashion is probably a driving force for taking on new technology.
As you get older usefulness becomes a higher priority.
Also usage and applications varies across age groups and this also affects choice of devices.

There is a danger that if you skip too many generations of devices then the learning curve involved in upgrading becomes too steep and you give up.

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My philosophy is: if it’s useful, own it, if not, don’t bother. I’m curious enough to try and keep abreast of what’s being made and sold, but I do find that my lifestyle is more tech-free than most, and I don’t feel deprived. There’s an element of mistrust -probably unfounded – in things like cloud storage and some social networking. I am a little nervous about writing here and putting a head above the parapet but at least this forum is reasonably civilised and well regulated.
My sisters love their tablets and their networking, but I do think that this instant communication is missing the permanence of a written letter. I read fascinating letters from my World War One relatives. Who will be able to read the twitter, face book and web mail thoughts of our generation in years to come? Modern communication has a different function and satisfies many needs, especially the swiftness of it’s circulation. Where it scores, is in the way photographs can be shared and these certainly are more permanent and future proof.
If someone can persuade me to become involved in the latest game; to have a passion for watching the latest film on demand; to be in constant and immediate contact with everyone and to thirst after news and knowledge 24/7, I’ll spend out on the kit. The point is, that there is a difference between being technophobic and techno-content. I’d like to think that if it were in my interest, I could tap, pinch, swipe and download with the best of them.

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Vynor – Many have expressed concern about this but perhaps technology has brought benefits. If photos do survive in digital format, they will remain as good as the day they were taken, whereas colour prints and slides are prone to fading. Many newer cameras record the location they were taken in addition to the date and time, which should save the need for educated guesses that could well be wrong.

Perhaps there is need for a gadget to encourage us to archive photos and text with a view to preserving a record of events in our lives. If we keep everything, future generations would be overwhelmed by the amount of material of considerable insignificance. 🙂

I must have a look through my DVD-RAM discs before disposing of them and the drive.

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I almost agree. Electronic communication tends to be to the point and message specific, whereas letters can diverge as the writer pens his/her thoughts and feelings. It is this essence that will be missed in the future. Not so much news as the way we are and how we function. Of course, there were fewer letters but their “considerable insignificance” was what made them special. I suppose the web blog is the nearest comparison, provided someone makes a hard copy of anything worth keeping.

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I think you are right, Vynor. I was thinking only about the technical aspects of keeping material for future generations. I am very glad that my mother decided to write an account of her early life – on paper.

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I don’t think that proficiency in or liking of technology is affected by age. I believe it is because a lot of older people resist change, even when the change is an improvement. I know plenty of older users of technology who embrace it and enjoy the improvements it brings to their lives. When younger generations grow old, they will not stop using the technology that they already enjoy (e.g. PCs, smartphones, tablets etc), but they might be resistant to new technology (e.g. smartwatches) and changes in ways of using existing technology (e.g. new types of social networking). It’s not about technology, but about change.

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Agree NFH its the “change” thing !
This concern about age and new technology is not new, it was around 50 years ago, its just that with technology changing so rapidly the changes are more noticeable.

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As a senior citizen, my biggest gripes about new technology are the minimal instruction manuals that are available combined with the tendency of the software to be updated frequently in a way which nullifies previous efforts to learn how to use it. In the last 18 months I have bought, and use, a satnav, a modern camera and a new laptop. But there is some commercial software that I used to use occasionally that I have had to give up on because it has changed so much, while I have yet to work out how to move, intentionally (!) between displays on the satnav. As for Windows 8.1 compared with XP, Vista, 7 or earlier, enough said…! Again, Google+ c/f Picasa needs some more work before I can exchange photographs as easily as before.

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Constant software updates and non-existent manuals – two subjects that grind my gears also.

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If a device (e.g. computer, TV, phone, satnav) has a screen then an instruction manual should not really be needed. The advantage of this approach is that information can be context-sensitive, so it is easier to find the help you need. The information can also be updated if necessary, for example if there is a software update.

Whether instructions are provided on paper or on screen, they need to be well written. Poor instructions cause frustration.

I’m very happy with the minimalist instructions that came with my new phone – one small sheet of paper, the size of the phone. I suppose the alternative might have been a thick booklet in fifteen languages or a wallchart-size poster neatly folded a hundred times, again in fifteen languages. 🙁

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I must disagree, if only because the screen of a smartphone or a satnav can be more difficult to read (especially in the passenger seat of a car) than a piece of paper or a computer screen. I do not generally mind if the manual is a .pdf file provided it is meaningful. As an example, I have had a Samsung smartphone for over two years and have still not fathomed how to insert a telephone number into the contact list without actually making a call (I have the instructions in a manual but cannot apparently relate them to the available buttons.) and it took me a long time to fathom how to change the PIN for voicemail, bearing in mind that one has to respond to voice prompts while looking at the dial – initially I did not realise that the responses were by voice and not on screen.
Also, I think there is a great difference between a manual for new users and an aide-memoire to act as a reminder of procedures learned in the past, while I appreciate the costly problems of trying to prove tested manuals for new technology when rushing to get it on the market.
I think a particular problem of we interested senior citizens is that we do not necessarily move in circles which include someone using the same piece of equipment, partly because contact circles may be smaller and partly because our circles include a significant number of people who refuse to use computers or smartphones etc.

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bsg – My comments were my personal view and I know people who definitely prefer printed manuals. Whichever is our preference, some manufacturers could do much better at making their products easy to use. You are absolutely right about contact circles. Young people tend to help each other and I have exploited this peer support when ‘teaching’ new students to use computers for more serious uses.

Entering new phone numbers on mobile phones can be challenge because there seems to be no standard. A friend once explained that I had some numbers stored on my mobile and some on the SIM card and transferred them to one or other. I’m still little the wiser about this but doing a backup seems to save them all.

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wavechange – no offence meant. But I think that we are in an area where Which might be able to help. When reading their Reviews, or the General guides for technology items, I have not found them much help in deciding how I might actually find using the device. Perhaps, Which should set up a panel of (probably, but not necessarily) older members who are not using the latest technology daily (like I would expect Which staffers to do) and invite them to ‘suss-out’ a new product and provide appropriate comments.
Perhaps some sort of grading on the lines of ‘Equipment and manual easy for new users to undersatand and use’ to ‘Difficult to use without guidance from an existing user’ with 5 grades?
It is easy to say that you can try before you buy, but in most cases there are a lot of matters that cannot be covered in a short session, particularly ‘unknown unknowns’ as Rumsfeldt called them. Certainly, I did not anticipate the problems of data entry which I encountered when I replaced a basic mobile with a smartphone – fortunately the local o2 shop staff were very helpful but there is a limit to how many times you wish to ask them a new question of the sort we are discussing.

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‘On screen’ help systems can be useful on occasions but they do have some drawbacks. The biggest problem is when the help file describes a lengthy series of actions to be carried out. It is often difficult to remember all of the instructions when trying to carry them out.

The point about software changes is well made. I use TurboCAD as my CAD application. Version 4 is installed on my ancient W95 desktop and is delightfully simple to use. The later versions provide many more options and facilities, but to do so have made the basic operations more difficult to carry out – operations that could be carries out with a single click on V4 are often several layers down in a menu in the later versions. The result is that most of my work is still done on the ancient V4 version!

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bsg – I very much agree that it would be useful to have ease of use assessed by those who have little experience with similar products, and this presented in Which? reviews as you have suggested.

A good test of the design of a user interface is whether most people can use at least the basic functions of a product without looking at instructions, other than relevant safety information.

I would like to see some standardisation in how products function, provided that this does not interfere with future development. It is useful that we have widely used labels for play, stop, power switch, earphone socket, etc. For example it would be useful to decide whether a light should come on, go off, stop flashing or change colour when a battery is charged – rather than having different schemes on different products. With smartphones we have companies taking each other to court for copying useful features, which does not do much to encourage uniformity and ease of use.

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Wavechange. Thank you for the support. If any of the technophiles do not understand what we are talking about concerning manuals, I would suggest an analogy from the pre Satnav age. Thus, there were many occasions when trying to navigate a car using a local person’s/company’s directions that I wished that they had had those instructions checked by a stranger to the area. eg: A ‘correct’ direction to ‘turn’ into some street could be of little help in heavy traffic when the street nameplate was printed using small letters, and possibly only visible when travelling in the opposite direction. No problem if you know the names of most of the streets in the area but of little use to a stranger.
I wonder if which staff have time to monitor these conversations and take note.

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“I wonder if which staff have time to monitor these conversations and take note.” The fact its taken upto 48 hours to get some posts of mine authorised I’d guess not. And that included waiting 24 hours after emailing them asking if there was a problem with it, and not getting a reply. 🙁

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bsg – That is something else to agree on. 🙂 Lack of visible street names has been a long-standing problem for me, and it is often the streets in busy towns and cities that are the problem. Thankfully, my satnav is a great help with street names, though that is no substitute for good signage.

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P. Francis says:
12 April 2014

Fascinating and useful correspondence, this. I agree 100% about the angst surrounding the lack if manuals and unexplained changes of software. Facebook can be a nightmare. However i gather that Facebook is losing face because of so many over-50s using it. I’ve just acquired a smartphone and would rejoice in it except there is no guidance in how to make it do things, when there is clearly so much it CAN do! Young people, and even the high street retailers get impatient with oldies’ lack of understanding. Nonetheless, at 83, I wouldn’t be without the new means of communication.

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Well now I feel slightly patronised – as I apparently only like new tech because it’s in ‘fashion’ 😉 I like to think I’m a bit more savvy than that – you’ve all taught me better!

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I must admit I tend to shy away from new gadgets. Why ? Well until they stop employing UI designers who seem intent on making them user hostile, there’s little incentive for me to waste my time trying to fathom out how the designers expect me to use their product.

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I am 60 but don’t think I’m a technophobe. I normally research an item carefully before I buy it, that’s why I’m a Which? member. My costliest technoligical mistake was rushing out to buy a 60GB iPod video (£260) as soon as it was released. I then found that I still preferred my stereo for music and my laptop for storing my photos. I found copying my music to load on to the iPod very time consuming and could not find a set of earphones that was comfortable for my small ears. The speaker docks I bought were inferior to my stereo. Basically it was a disastrous purchase.

I am on my second Tom Tom Sat Nav and would not be without it as I often travel without a passenger and would still be writing general directions on a post it and sticking it on the dash. I use a laptop all the time to watch missed TV programmes, catch up with younger family members on Facebook and a bit of retail therapy on my favourite sites. I also like the fact that I have the world library at my fingertips. I did not use Twitter for a long time after I heard about it as I thought it was all about celebrities making announcements to their fans and the fans commenting on their news. It was a Which? conversation that enlightened me as to the usefulness of Twitter as a tool in the consumer fight for good service. I now use it to contact companies with requests for information and even the odd complaint and I always receive a response. In addition, I watch some political programmes and join discussions on Twitter during and after the programme. I have tweeted politicians and the Head of BBC iPlayer about previous and recent changes to download and iPlayer. I also view newspaper stories that interest me but have not progressed to an e reader as I much prefer reading my paperbacks. I bought a tablet at Christmas, spent a few hours setting it up with apps etc, and getting used to swiping and pinching. I then used it to download and view a few TV programmes, did a bit of browsing and have not used it since. I much prefer using the laptop but if I were to go on holiday the tablet would be in my hand luggage.

About Christmastime I had almost decided to buy my first smartphone. I was considering the Galaxy S3 or a Nokia 520. The main reason I did not proceed is the fact that I would have to charge it every 1 – 2 days. I would not remember to take it off charge and take it with me when I go out. Like Wavechange, I would need a gadget to remind me. I like my old Nokia dual screen clamshell which only needs charging weekly and I am peed off that they no longer manufacture them. I see a Doro PhoneEasy 622 in my future!!

I use older technology and make the most of the features. Timers set on TV, Cooker, Microwave and central heating. I set the alarm on digital phones and I have call waiting and caller display features on my phone plan. And finally, I have persuaded EDF to change my dials electric meter to a digital meter, at no charge.

The technological advance that has pleased me the most was seeing my mother, born 1915, sitting up in bed with her cordless phone, taking all her birthday greetings calls and not having to go out to the chilly hall where the corded phone was situated.

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I wonder if older people are less likely to use gadgets that they own. Like Figgerty, I cannot get on with earphones and a couple of iPods have seen little use. I only have them because they came free with Macs. It was still great fun to play with the diminutive iPod Nano when it arrived and to download apps on the iPod Touch, but they are like unused kids’ toys a week after Christmas. One of the reasons that I like to play with friends’ gadgets is so that I can have some fun without the expense – like a kid with a new toy.

Welcome back Figgerty. I have been receiving the weekly Which? emails, so it might be worth checking your spam folder.

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Thank you for the welcome.

I reported the missing weekly email the first week and received the following reply:

“I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t receive your newsletter last week, there was a problem with the mailing of this which our IT Department are aware of. The issue has been prioritised to ensure the problem is resolved ahead of this week’s mailing.” The email contained a link to the that weeks newsletter.

I did not receive the email last week (Wk 2) but did not get around to reporting it again. I was checking the site last night to see if there is a link to the newsletter and happened upon this very interesting conversation.

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Off topic alert.

I have not received the weekly newsletter email for the past two weeks. I find this very useful in alerting me to topics which may be of interest to me as I don’t visit Which? as often as I used to in the past. Is this problem likely to be resolved soon. If not, is it possible to have a link on the website or does this exist already?

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Please enlighten me Figgerty : What are the weekly newsletter e-mails from Which? I can’t recall having ever seen them. Should I be looking at the main website perhaps?

Good to hear from you again, by the way . . . there’s been some ripping stuff on here lately!

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Hi John,hope all is well with you. The newsletter I refer to is an email received every Friday which is titled “Your weekly update from Which?” it is the weekly headlines or highlights and this weeks main feature is the Samsung Galaxy S5. This is a link to the one I received this evening.

http://view.mail.which.co.uk/?j=fece107271640678&m=fe9e137075650c7c75&ls=fe1f167370610375761d76&l=ff5b127772&s=fe571779726600757117&jb=ff6110717c&ju=fe6a1573726c047d7516&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=emmembers_newsletter20140328&r=0

I don’t know if this will be approved by the moderator but as ir’s a link to Which? data it should not be blocked.

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Thanks v. much Figgerty. That’s helpful and it seems to be one of the more welcome pieces of mail that drops into the inbox. I have been having a major ‘unsubscribe’ blitz and I wonder if it went the way of lots of others, although I don’t recognise it at alI. I shall see if I can subscribe afresh.

Getting back on topic, as we must of course, . . . I can cope with all manner of new technology, it’s the dreadful content that puts me off [or words to that effect].

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Beryl, John and others may enjoy the Which? Technology weekly podcasts. Some of the contributors to the informal discussions will be familiar to those who contribute to Which? Conversation. I wonder how many of us listen on a regular basis.

Maybe we should pay a visit to Which? Tech Daily, sister site to this one, and start discussing the need to make gadgets user-friendly for people of all ages. 🙂

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Thanks Wavechange I will certainly look into Which? Tech daily although for my part it will be a case of playing catchup for a while. Patrick has certainly chosen a subject which has proven to be something of a ‘hot topic’ but very enlightening nevertheless.

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I’m finding it very difficult to find out through the main Which? website how to get the weekly newsletters issued by e-mail every Friday as recommeded by Figgerty. Although the website refers to them there seems to be no link for signing up to receive them. I persist, however, and am awaiting a response next week to a Contact Us enquiry. Steering a course back to the topic . . . it’s not the tech that hampers us sometimes but the navigation perhaps.

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I’m afraid it’s the memory that hampers me. I can’t remember how I managed to get on the email list but I’m reasonably sure I have received the weekly email from the beginning of my membership which is about two years. I reported the non receipt to which @ which.co.uk and received a reply a couple of days later.

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Big apologies for not seeing these comments guys. There isn’t a way for you to sign up for the members newsletter as you should be put on it when you join. We’re going to check your permissions now to make sure you get them in the future. Thanks.

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David says:
11 April 2014

I am 67 this year & I love my desk top computer. I am on FSX nearly every day & Face book is brilliant. All my bills & Banking is done on line. My wife of the same age has a lap top & I Pad. I am now looking at buying a Tablet for myself. Looking at Samsung as I have one of their smart phones.

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Paul says:
11 April 2014

I recently had an eye test and my vision has not deteriorated over the last 3 years. I happened to be reading on my tablet whilst waiting and the optician said that using such devices placed less strain on my eyesight. So in my mid 60’s all new technology should be considered/tried, you never know where the benefits lie otherwise. There are many more I could list but the one above should suffice.

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There are some aspects of getting old that force you to change – my eyesight struggles with my iPhone screen (without help) and I can no longer leap in and out of low slung sports cars, for example.

But my interests (photography, technology and cars) are pretty much the same now as they were back in the 1960s and 1970s. When those subject areas develop and expand, my interest develops and expands too.

If you love video games now, Patrick, you’ll still love them when you’re 60. And you’ll love anything SIMILAR that comes along in the meanwhile.

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Marianne says:
11 April 2014

I have a smartphone , kindle, kindle fire HD, two laptops and my latest acquisition is an iPad mini which I love! Age? In 2 months I’ll be 81, I love technology and have had computers since word processing ousted the IBM golfball typewriter, happy days it keeps your mind active.

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Jim D says:
11 April 2014

I wrote my first computer program in 1965 and now spend hours daily on my machine. In my 83rd year, I do most of my shopping on line. I have two mobile phones, but since I am rarely away from home for more than a few hours I don’t have any need for an i-pad or such-like. I don’t drive far these days so don’t need satnav.
I have a full armoury of power tools and spent months adapting our home for old age.

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Marianne says:
11 April 2014

I have a smartphone , kindle, kindle fire HD, two laptops and my latest acquisition is an iPad mini which I love! Age? In 2 months I’ll be 81, I love technology and have had computers since word processing ousted the IBM golfball typewriter, happy days it keeps your mind active.forgot all about iPod and iPod Touch oops!