Yesterday disaster struck – my laptop became so slow that it had to go to the computer doctor. It is in need of major surgery so I have to make do with an old one. Posts may be a little less frequent!
A few weeks ago I treated myself to my first Smartphone. I actually loathe mobile phones. I find them intrusive and have had several near accidents when people have been walking along concentrating on their phones and they have collided (or almost collided) with me on my trundle truck because they are so unaware of what is going on around them. End of rant.
Anyway, I am having great difficulty learning to do the various things which my Smartphone can do so I did the obvious thing – I borrowed a teenager! I sat watching her in total amazement as she whizzed through apps, texting, camera, and all the other bells and whistles. I really do feel that I have missed out on a whole range of skills. Were we so much less accomplished when I was younger?
Well, no we weren’t! We simply had different skills. When I took my first class brownie test I had to lay and light a fire, wrap a parcel using just brown paper and string (no sellotape), send a semaphore message, knit a pair of mittens, darn a sock. And I was scarcely ten years old! None of those skills is very relevant to me now (except knitting) and I’m quite glad that brownies today don’t have to do them.
The real and lasting skill that I learned all those years ago was that acquiring expertise takes time and is worthwhile. I just need to convince myself that mastering a smartphone is a skill is also worth my time!