Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Shame: Technology Edition

image Everyone I know is texting,  multi-tasking and sending e-mail.  In my life, the less technology the better.  I know this sounds strange coming from someone who writes a blog, but it’s the truth.  It is so bad, that I was excited when I recently learned to move the task bar on my computer.

I have stubbornly refused to learn how to do anything but the most basic functions on the computer.  When something goes wrong, I am quite sure that the neighbours can hear me shrilly screaming the unhusbands name, with the command to fix it.   I have sweet talked my less beautiful and younger brother.   I must admit despite my charms and the guilt I have tried to evoke, he has thus far refused to help me.  Sensing that I needed a back up, I convinced my girlfriends wife to promise to come to my aid in times of desperation. Unfortunately for me, she is often out of town for weeks at a time and therefore as a backup, though willing, is not a great choice.

I simply have refused to face the fact that part of being literate today involves knowledge of technology.  For me, computers are nothing but big word processors and screens to watch movies on.  What more could they possibly be used for? 

We are in the process of shopping for a new TV.  I think one should simply be able to look at the picture it provides and decide.  To me, it should be a simple task, however; apparently you need to concern yourself with the kind of screen, make, and whether it is compatible with some new fangled system that the satellite company has put out in the last few years.   It’s a damn TV.

People have joked about buying me technology or computers for idiots.  My brother has even recommended that I take a course at the local community college.  I have spent years pursuing knowledge, but the idea of learning about technology, does not inspire me in the least little bit.  Even the humiliation of having my friend teach me how to text did not convince me to learn more.  I suppose this stubborn refusal to learn will always put me at the mercy of others.

So there you have it, my shame laid naked for all the world to see.  It is now your time to share.  What common skill are you terrible at?  This includes anything from cooking to technology. I am sure I am not the only one that is inept at doing something that everyone else seems perfectly capable of doing.