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Technology is Moving Too Fast for Me

I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve become someone who struggles with technology. I’ve never been especially technologically savvy, but I used to be able to become proficient with a new software or platform within a reasonable amount of time. Now they’re changing faster than I can learn them. I’m even struggling with the new Word. Word! I’ve been using that program for over 20 years. Before that, I used Microsoft Works.

I’ve been planning a writers conference for the past few months. I attempted to post our agenda to our Ozarks Writers League website last night. I managed to get logged on, but I was immediately lost once I was in the system. I thought since I use WordPress, I might be able to figure it out. I gave up after an hour or so. I finally emailed my predecessor requesting she post my updates. To add insult to my already injured ego, I had problems posting my speaker information to Facebook.

I haven’t been using computers my whole life, but I was young when I was first exposed to the technology revolution. I remember my school’s first computer being set up in the corner of my 4th grade classroom. I believe it was a Commodore 64 that used a cassette. The entire school shared that one computer. Each class scheduled time with it. We took turns learning to use it for different things.

It was a big deal. We sold raffle tickets to raise the money to buy the computer because our PTO thought we needed to keep up with the times and the school system didn’t have such things in the budget. Thanks to those forward thinking parents and teachers, I’ve been using computers since a fairly young age.

Now that I’m older and struggling to keep up, I rely on younger coworkers and my step-daughter to help me figure things out. I wonder if this is how my parents felt when I was using a Commodore 64 and they didn’t know what that was.

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