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Computer Illiterate

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Does anyone here know someone who does not use a computer or the internet? If you do, what is their story? Can they not afford it? Can they not figure it out? Or do they feel they can get along just fine without it?
 
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My grandparents don't use the internet. They're retired and they have a set of encyclopedias that act as their Google. That's good enough for them.
 
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I don't know a single person who doesn't use the internet. A computer, yes, but not the internet. It's almost unavoidable in this day and age to not use the internet, but I guess some people must do it.
 
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I'm sure there are some people in England, America and other first world coumtries who don't, but I don't know any.

My mom, but that's it.
 
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There are a bunch of people who either have no access to the internet or don’t know how to use a computer. However, I am yet to come across such people. The internet has become such a great part of our lives!
 

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My grandparents don't use a computer. I know my granddaddy has a smart phone, but as far as I know he only uses it for calling, he doesn't know how to text last I knew.

Some of my family down there in TX don't hardly ever use computers or internet, but they do a little bit to help with their work. But at home in their personal lives? Nope.
 
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My mom loves her smartphone's features, but she will never touch her iPad. I ended up taking it home to update it, but I don't think she would care if she never sees it again.
 
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Some of my family down there in TX don't hardly ever use computers or internet, but they do a little bit to help with their work. But at home in their personal lives? Nope.
That sounds like some if the more modern Amish sects. Whether they have a woodworking shop or dairy farm, they will keep a computer in their workshop for ordering and such, but no personal use.
 
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My grandparents use the internet pretty regularly, but I have relatives in rural areas without the internet. It just isn't an option for them.
I know my granddaddy has a smart phone, but as far as I know he only uses it for calling, he doesn't know how to text last I knew.
Why doesn't he just get a cheaper phone then? I can't imagine paying for a smart phone and just using it to make and receive calls.
 

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Smart phones ARE pretty cheap these days. You can get them for nearly as cheap as a flip phone, and you can get such a basic plan that you're not paying for stuff you don't need (like unlimited data). I mean you can get a free iPhone 5c out here with a new plan if you wanted to, they're budget friendly smart phones.

My grandparents aren't Amish :p But I get the way that sounded. It's not so much that they're against technology, they're not. They just are used to using what was normal when they were growing up/young adults in the 30's through 60's. So phones, electricity, ovens, plumbing, cars/farm equipment, airplanes, even TV, that's all normal (although they've never been huge on TV watching but they do have one). It's mainly just about the computer, they don't mess with that.
 
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My older neighbors have made some negative comments about "young" (anyone below age 55) people and their tech addictions. They can afford great gear but seem to see it all as insincere and in the way of having close relationships.
 
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