Sunday, March 25, 2007

Can Early Adopters Live With Non-Adopters?

Do you know someone like this?
If you are reading this right now, chances are it means that you have enough computer knowledge to click enough keys to get here.

Do you know someone who does not own a computer or use one?
Have they ever expressed their thoughts about computers, or have you tried to get them to use one? Do they use other devices such as microwave ovens, VCR, or cell phones?
Yesterday a woman who uses email avidly for her business explained to me that her husband does not use a computer, but he does most of the cooking...hmm...that could be a viable package!
Someone I know who has a thriving blog mentioned that one of their siblings probably does not have an email address.
Then there's a woman I encounter on a path - she walks her dog, I ride my bike - after chatting a few times, she disclosed that she does not have a computer. I did notice as we talked that she exchanged greetings with most passersby, calling out to them by name.
And within a family, there can be a few members who readily make use of the computer/Internet and others who do not.
Interesting, too, are the people who use the computer heavily for just one thing, and have little inclination to go beyond that one program or website.
So, how does this uneven adoption of technology effect people in your social interactions?
In what ways does it effect the quality of life?

1 comment:

Jen said...

well, as far as social or even work-related coordination, often times the internet provides the link through such things as facebook's event planning options or's very useful means of coordinating multiple people based upon everyone's complex schedules. from this standpoint, for those who don't use computers, they may miss out on such invitations simply because they're not logging on. it's not that anyone is trying to exclude them, it's just that it facilitates those people who are already computer-users. at the same time, i know people who essentially try to build up their social networks so much on sites such as or myspace that they neglect to spend true, quality time with real, live people. they are essentially living the virtual life. which one is better? i think, as is most always the answer, that people need to focus on what is important to them. if they achieve their goal, whether they use a computer or not, then i say they are achieving their own quality of life, as defined by them. and that's the only person who can make that assessment.