How come the older you get the dumber you get?

United States
October 2, 2007 7:03pm CST
I get a new computer and also a cam corder and a digital camera..but my wife and I find it hard to learn the basic operations of these devices..but if we let a young person lose with these devices they would master them in a very short time... i try to concentrate on the manuals they send witht the equiptmene but it does not make sense to me...what is the secret to learning how to operate these devices...it seems like there should be some easier way to master the use of the digital camera and the cam corder...any suggestions?
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6 responses
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
3 Oct 07
I think our brains get slower as we get older. Think of your brain as a engine that hasn't had an oil change or tune up since it came off the essembly line. Our brains get all clogged up with other things and we lose attention spans faster. With kids thier brains are so unclogged that they can fill them up with technical things faster. Plus when I was growing up computers and tech gadgets where not the norm, kids these days are brought up with them they grow up with gadgets and gizmos to occupy thier time while thier parents are out working. Basically what has helped me is learning the standard buttons on all these things, power button, edit button, menu button, cancel button (thats a life saver) and looking up the "troubleshooting guide" in the manual.
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• United States
4 Oct 07
i got a tutorial on this stuff..cameras have a automatic setting..90% of the pictures ..you can use this..this is good enough for me...just point and shoot but put it in automatic..that is for my wife benefit as I hate taking pictures..this is for her mostly...we have had a computer for many years..and she still has to have me set it up for her when it crashes..or she forgets the passwords..or whatever..so i have to explain it over and over again..but this is my job i guess..you are only good if your are needed..lol my head is full of a lot of stuff..and it is not always willing to except new data ..without a fight..lol
• India
3 Oct 07
THE medical science says that as we get older the brain cells of our starts to shrink which reduces our memory capacity and the power to think and act logically,thats why when we get older ,we start to get dump,infact childish
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• United States
4 Oct 07
yes, but I have been childish most of my life...but we all should keep trying to learn new skills as this is what keeps us young..use it or loose it...lol but manuals are poorly written and poorly illustrated..that is why we have tutorials..in the library? that is a good place to start or the internet..have fun whatever you do and you learn faster..
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
3 Oct 07
I am already old too and yes, I get dumber. I think and act not as fast as before. Perhaps this is because we are too preoccupied with other things, thinking of so many things we ought not to think, which might have arose from the various experiences that we have undergone and with the various problems in life that we are facing. I could hardly contemplate on things in the internet but anyway, I'm trying hard :)
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• United States
4 Oct 07
thanks ..i just take a new task and try to master it..i go to the library and just read and think about the project at hand..then i try to get a tutorial..either on a DVD (like video professor___) but in any case..90% of the stuff written in the manuals we don't use..as they are poorly written..and poorly illustrated...to vague...most people just put the camera on automatic for 90% of our pictures this is ok..we only use about 10% of our brains anyway...thats is enough for me as my head hurts if i try to stuff to much information at one time into it..lol... but if you show a young person a problem..they can figure it out in no time..they have not the worries we have...paying bills and trying to keep the wolfs away from the door..lol
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
3 Oct 07
Most young people are confident that unless you do something like pounding an item, you can not break it. The best way to learn to use a camera or something is to sit down when you have time and play with it. Just keep taking pictures and checking out the buttons, see what they do, what will save a picture, what will delete the picture. Do not get a high tech device and expect to use it to take wedding pictures that day. See it as a hobby and take your time gettting to know it.
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• United States
4 Oct 07
i don't take pictures..my wife does..and not only do i have to learn this but i have to teach a person who still does not master the basic computer skills...but that is what i am there for..i guess..90% of computers or fancy camera's people don't use the stuff on them..they just point and shoot and that is that..put it on automatic for 90% of the pix..and the computer is just for games and mylot and the e-mail..the rest is never used by most of the people who have computers..but that is just my thoughts...i only use 10% of my brain..maybe.?
@eliezl (766)
• Philippines
3 Oct 07
yes its normal, ur not alone. in fact all of us experience phobias on technologies. we fear that we may not be able to use them properly. the only difference is that the young generations were more exposed to these stuffs so they know how to use these techies. the adult ones in comparison, has to adjust with the constant advancement and developments on technologies so it takes time for us to learn =) i experienced the same with computers and cellular phones before
@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
3 Oct 07
I wouldn't say its technologies making us dumber in how we use them. Instead, I think its a case of technologies making us so dependent on them that we forget how to use basic skills. One of the worst culprits is the cellphone that come with things like calculators and phone books. There is no need to actually do sums in your head and most importantly having to remember things like phone numbers and names. All you have to do is to look it up on the phone. Yes, we are getting dumber because technologies are making it pointless to actually have to remember anything serious.
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• United States
4 Oct 07
You hit the nail on the head! The people at Mc Donalds can't make change..if you give them a five and the change ...like a$ 4.05...out of a five..if they punched in the five and not the cents they can't figure out you get a dollar back..i hand them a fiver dollar bill and a nickel and it throw them off ...they will just look at you..and then you have to tell them that they should give you a dollar back..but we all are dependant on spell checks and cash registers that sometimes are wrong ..but we don't check them...but maybe that is the way of the world..in the future there will be no cash money used..just credit cards...that is how tv shows it..cash will be obsolete
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Nov 07
Young people have better eyes. We have to put on reading glasses, and in the case of those who were near-sighted, bifocals or trifocals. Much of the stuff on the digital camera is too small. You have to memorize it and that memory has to go with the other stuff in your mind. I think you have to take your time and read maybe one page of the manual, that is the one on basic operations and master that, then go on to the other parts. Look I have a cell phone, and I have only learned how to play music on it, I do know how to turn it on, and how to dial a number, but that is all. Now I learn I head a head set so I will not get brain cancer, and then is the cost. We are afraid to use it because we might break it, and we do not have as many years as a young person to live before we get a new one.