Technology

7 People Who’ve Adapted Ingeniously to the Modern World

The Internet is littered with the LOLs of people who think older folks’ tech behavior is hilarious. Recently Buzzfeed, a site that caters to people who grew up in the 80s and 90s, found a bunch of such posts around the Internet and pulled them together into a humorous article called “28 people who can’t deal with the modern world.”

Buzzfeed was looking for laughs, but we were struck by how ingenious some of the solutions were. Our picks (we’ve included Buzzfeed’s caption along with what the person who originally posted the photo on the Internet wrote about it):

1.

modern-magnify

What Buzzfeed said People who need a magnifying glass to read their texts [can’t deal with the modern world].

What the person who posted the photo said “My 90 year old grandma from Japan, showing us how she zooms in with an iPhone.”

What we say We agree with one person who commented under the original: “Her way means she can move around the image faster… I would do this. Smart grandma.” Yep, zooming in isn’t always the best option.

2.

applying-tape-to-the-remote

What Buzzfeed said The person who needed someone to simplify their remotes for them [can’t deal with the modern world].

What the person who posted the photo said “My grandma has a new tv and dvd player but she is having trouble using the new remotes. I helped her out a little bit.”

What we say Who needs all those buttons, anyway? This person appreciates a streamlined remote and could teach consumer electronics designers a thing or two.

3.

modern-charge

What Buzzfeed said  Anyone who gets their phone confused with their remote control [can’t deal with the modern world].

What the person who posted the photo said “And this is why grandparents never pick up the phone.”

What we say Ever lose your remote under the sofa cushion? This cordless-phone cradle looks like the perfect place to dock the remote so you can find it easily.

4.

modern-laptop

What Buzzfeed said The person who should just buy a laptop [can’t deal with the modern world].

What the person who posted the photo said “‘Twas the time before laptops and tablets were affordable and plentiful.”

What we say Computing in bed with your desktop? Rube Goldberg would approve.

5.

modern-ipad

What Buzzfeed said Anyone who uses their iPad to take pictures in public [can’t deal with the modern world].

What the person who posted the photo said “People who film with their iPads….”[are dumb?]

What we say As someone commented under the photo: “How about the old man had bad eye sight or arthritis… maybe he just got the tablet for a gift and is excited to be playing with it.” And anyway, why did Apple give the iPad a camera if we’re not supposed to use it?

6.

modern-feature450

What Buzzfeed said  This guy who should buy a bag for his iPad [can’t deal with the modern world].

What the person who posted the photo said “Yep, that’s an iPad.”

What we say Someone beat us to it by commenting under the photo: “I have actually done this with my iPad on several occasions when I need my hands free for something at work.” Duh.

7.

modern-selfie

What Buzzfeed said People who take accidental selfies [can’t deal with the modern world].

What the person who posted the photo said “Accidental selfie found on my grandpa’s iPhone.” See it on Reddit.

What we say This man wanted to explore his smartphone. Curious and fearless, he may have ended up discovering things about his device that he would not have learned in iPhone class.

See all 28 of Buzzfeed’s 28 people.

How have you adapted to the modern world?

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