My husband Bill isn’t one who revels in technology.  He has only recently learned how to email.  Yes, I know.  I know all too well what you are thinking.  Browsers baffle him.  If he has a problem and I ask him a question about it, he throws his hands in the air and says: “I don’t know what I’m doing, I have no business trying to do this!”  Still, he struggles on.  Mostly because I told him I wasn’t going to be the go-between for emails or Facebook posts his friends wanted to send him.  I was done enabling him.  It was time for some tough love.

I won’t say he’s a knuckle-dragging troglodyte when it comes to technology, but I wouldn’t be too far off the mark.  The idea of a laptop was overwhelming to him so I handed him my ancient iPad and we set to work.  His friends called him One Button Bill.  If it had more than one button, he would be frustrated.  I lovingly pointed out that the iPad had only one button.  I swear that’s the only reason he agreed to give it a go.  I know there is a learning curve, but it’s tough to teach when someone doesn’t want to learn.  He might not be a knuckle-dragger, but he’s extremely competent at foot-dragging!

This was not his only resistance to technology.  He held out for years before he gave in and got a cell phone.  YEARS!  When he finally acquiesced, he chose one of those little flip phones.  You can make calls on it and even text if you have a great amount of patience.  After all, you have to hit each key a few times before you actually get the letter you want.  It’s painful to watch.  It’s even painful to hear.  Beep boop beep…all the tones are a little different and there are times when I swear he’s playing Mary Had a Little Lamb just to drive me crazy!

Bill got his first cell phone about 9 years ago.  For the first six years, he wouldn’t even turn it on unless he wanted to make an outgoing call.  It took many more years before he learned how to text.  I still don’t know what possessed him to take that giant leap!  A couple of years ago his phone died.  Yup, he had gotten seven years out of that little flip phone, but now it was time to move on.  I was hoping he’d finally get a smartphone.  Texting would be so much easier.  He could check the weather.  Even if he did nothing else with it, it would be worth getting.  This is where I was wrong.

Bill steadfastly dug his heels in and replaced his old flip phone with a new flip phone.  I didn’t even know they still made them!  I called it his dinosaur phone.  I protested!  I tried to dissuade him.  I cajoled.  I nagged!!!  Finally, he got exasperated with me and said:

“You know how some people are high tech? And some people are low tech?  Well, I’m NO tech!”

72 thoughts on “If Dinosaurs Had Telephones

    1. Sorry to tell you both that my mobile is a flip phone and that it is 11 years old and I only top it up by £40 a year……
      In my defence – I am no luddite but simply don’t need anything fancier yet.
      BUT my wife is like Bill. She has a sixteen year old Nokia ‘brick’. It is painful to watch her using my iPad too.

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  1. I can readily sympathize with Bill, though my story is a bit different. I am an electrical engineer and I have worked in high-tech for the past 30-something years. I have designed very complex pieces of technology, but I hate that our lives our ruled by it. I very much dislike my smart phone. I only use it to make phone calls, send emails, and to GPS myself through unfamiliar places. My laptop I basically use as a typewriter and not much else. I spend my days eschewing high technology, tending to opt towards lower-tech solutions to life’s everyday problems. For example, I still like the old hand-cranked can openers versus the fancy kind that you push a button and walk away from.

    Thanks for a great post!

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    1. You use your smart phone to send emails and use gps. These things are not available on a dinosaur phone. He’s lucky he can text! As for the can opener, we have a mechanical one because it works better. See, I’m not all technology for technology’s sake. hahaha! Only mostly. 😉

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      1. I definitely appreciate all of the wonderful things that modern technology presents to us. I just hate being so addicted to something like that. I find some sort of strange comfort in older technology. I suppose most of it is just nostalgia, but modern technology seems to be so soulless, whereas the older technology seemed much more warm and welcoming. But I’m sure that’s just my perception and is not in any way universal. Especially among the younger generations! 🙂

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        1. I get it. Speaking of which, I got a kick out of your latest post about the death of CDs. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but I think I’ll be keeping mine for a while yet. Of course, I am slow to give up the old technology, too. I finally did chuck the old VHS player. Do you still have one? 🙂

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          1. I still have a VHS player, even though I haven’t slid a tape into it for a year or so. I hope it still works! Remember having to wait 20 minutes for a VHS tape to rewind while grumbling at the person who didn’t rewind it when they finished watching it the last time? Ah, good times!

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      1. I forgot to add a personal anecdote: My own husband is also technologically DUH yet has tech (I think this is far worse than yours, who accepts his DUH and just doesn’t use it). My sweetheart treats his tech horribly. He treats his tablet like a small child abuses a rag doll. I don’t think he has ever cleaned the screen. All he knows how to do with it is play solitaire! I have no idea how he can play solitaire on it, since the screen is so filthy I don’t think you can see much.

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  2. What did the Borg ( Star Trek: NG) say, “resistance is futile”?? Kudos to remaining in the earlier century , to Bill. My mom resisted technology while my paternal aunt embraces it. My friend’s wife – in her late 40s, mind you – struggles with wifi and cell phones and apps. And nobody uses the “call’ feature of cell phones anymore – it’s all apps and texting. I am resisting that change…

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        1. Haha, I’ve gotten myself into some pretty bad spots, but I know how to reinstall an OS and I’ve become somewhat proficient at replacing laptop parts. If you can do those two things, you can get yourself out of most binds. Knock on wood, I’ve never had to pay help…at least not yet. But it would be nice if you opened up a shop so we could have coffee and chat!

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  3. Does Bill read your posts about him?! 😀
    I don’t blame him, I met so many people like this. Humans by nature are resisting the change. Our part is just to don’t give up. Any way, my mom is around 85 years old. I had to buy her a smartphone (Android) so we be in touch (Voice or Video chat) as I’m aboard… Well, on my recent visit, the last thing I was expecting is to see her talking to her phone loudly “OK Google!”!!!

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        1. I am so glad. Bill returns the greetings. He really enjoys hearing about my posts and my friends here. We have a little game where I tell him I’ve had a view from a new country and he tries to guess which one. It’s like 20 questions.

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  4. Something that was invented for convenience has become more of a necessity now. It is difficult for me to even imagine how (in 2017) is he using the dinosaur phone! That’s weirdly charming 😛 And your narrative is hilarious.

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