My Husband Finally Did It

@Morleyhunt (20282)
Canada
February 25, 2016 6:36am CST
Both my husband and myself own cellphones. Mine is a smartphone and his is still an old fashioned flip phone. We all tease him about his fear of texts. I will admit, it took me a long time before I sent my first text on my old flip phone, but now I text easily and often. This week, while sitting down to supper, his phone notified him of an incoming text. He looked at it and said, I'll call him back tomorrow. My suggestion was, send him a text. All he wants is a simple OK. Then I offered to show him how to do it. We walked him through the process. He sent his first text ever! Shortly afterwards he received another question from the same sender that also equipped just an OK. He bravely sent this on his own. No help from me. Later that evening, he told me, that he had sent yet another text. This one was two words. Thats fine. I'm impressed. For someone who is so afraid of technology, we are dragging him, kicking and screaming into the twenty first century.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb 16
This struck a chord with me as I haven't been able to persuade my husband to even have a cellphone. As for computers - no way.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
Anything on the computer...I do. He uses a cellphone, can check his messages and read his texts. Texting though, even suggesting that he could caused him to recoil. The other night it was half in jest that I suggested his reply. Because he doesn't have a qwerty he needed to hit the same key several times. He wanted to know why? He also now knows what a qwerty is, lol
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt Well, he's streets ahead of my husband
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
25 Feb 16
Good for him! I think once we confront our fears, we realize it isn't as bad as we thought it would be.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
Him sending one on his own without any prodding was a good indication that it wasn't that scary.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt Exactly! Now that he has conquered texting, who knows what he will do next.
@AnneEJ (4988)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
25 Feb 16
I can sympathize with your husband. I hardly ever text, but yesterday got one I had to answer. I did reply with a short message, but then realized I had given wrong information, so had to send a second one. I need to get brave like your husband and practice some.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
Who knows if he will continue to text. I'm just glad that he can if he needs to.
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@Platespinner (17045)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
25 Feb 16
Next thing you know he's going to want a smart phone so texting is a little easier. He's taken the first step on that slippery slope.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
Who knows where it will lead. I do t think a smart phone would be practical for him in the barn.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
26 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt Next thing you know he'll be sitting on the couch beside you, playing on his own tablet.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
@Platespinner that I would need to see to believe.
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@rebelann (42409)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Feb 16
I don't text often but that's mostly because I can't find a magnifying glass with which to see those itty bitty letters.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
Not just reading those itty bitty letters, but try typing with my big clunky fingers.
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@rebelann (42409)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Feb 16
No thanks @Morleyhunt I have my own to finger out.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
@rebelann many times I will use a stylus.
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• China
26 Feb 16
It is true. I am from a small village, so cellphone is some kind of novel device, and my father is at the wrong side of 50, and he can read and write, but cannot text to anyone, I taught him many times to text, and encourage him to text to me, but he said no and said nothing, just shaking his head. I was confused and shocked a little, maybe it was because he is old and at his age, no mood to be updated with the 21st century, he just want to live peace with himself now. Good for your husband advancing into the 21st century, better later than never.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I didn't learn until the 'wrong' side of 50. My husband will not touch the computer, but my father (89 years) uses his computer daily.
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• China
27 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt wow, your father is really an advanced man. In my village, there are several elders over 90 years, and they are all old farmers, and now they are too old to do farm works, so they just enjoy the sunshine in the cold winter, gathering together, playing chess while hanging big pipes with their mouth. No phone, not mention computer, this is true in Chinese village.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
28 Feb 16
@Lucien4scaffold he was using the computer before I was.
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@vandana7 (66823)
• India
26 Feb 16
I suffer with technophobia too. lol
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I don't have techno phobia, I am technologically challenged. Also technology does not like me.
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@vandana7 (66823)
• India
26 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt ..And I have both infections. lol
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@ridingbet (57740)
• Philippines
26 Feb 16
once he will get used to it, he will enjoy the technology now.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I'm not sure how much he will use it, but at least he is no longer afraid to try.
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@ridingbet (57740)
• Philippines
26 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt I recall when I was given Nokia3310 by my brother. It rang a message alert tone, so I opened it and... deleted the message without reading it. I was so naive of the mobile phone, and that was Nokia 3310.
• United States
25 Feb 16
Once he gets the hang of it he'll become a texting fiend (LOL) and probably wonder how he managed all these years without it. I find texting so easy and great when the question only requires a basic answer and not a whole long conversation.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
With a flip phone, I don't think it will ever be easy. I sent some texts with a flip phone, but became proficient when I bought a smartphone.
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• United States
26 Feb 16
@Morleyhunt I'm still texting from the old type of phone with the pull down keyboard and haven't ventured into the smartphone era yet
• Eugene, Oregon
26 Feb 16
I too am text sensitive and would prefer not to deal with it, but am getting used to it a bit.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I was a slow learner, but eventually became proficient. My husband was hostile to the entire concept. He would not even check texts when he received them (maybe they would bite?). About a year ago he started to read them. Now he has actually sent some.
@DWDavis (12910)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
26 Feb 16
My wife was much like your husband about taking the step into texting. Once she crossed that threshold, though, she became a prolific texter, so much so that I have to regularly delete countless numbers of her messages to me just to keep my phone's memory from blowing up, and my phone has a decent amount of memory.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
That what my kids would have said about me...I went from not texting, to texting a little. Then this fall as I struggled to keep my siblings in the loop I progressed from typing each text individually, to copying and pasting to sending a text to multiple recipients....all in the space of a week. That was a steep learning curve. This non texted sent or received 100s of texts in just a few days.
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@LoriAMoore (4665)
• United States
26 Feb 16
My hubby just started using a smart phone about 9 months ago.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I think my husband has only answered my smartphone once. He still has an old fashioned flip phone.
@Susan2015 (21310)
• United States
25 Feb 16
I was the same way. My husband has a smartphone and I have a phone with the keyboard to text on. That's enough for me right now. Used to have a small Tracphone and all I did was use it for calls.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I had a cellphone with texting capability for four years. I received some, sent none. Then one day I thought I'd try. This was the message I sent: Ppsyt fdeg. This was sent as I tried to backspace to figure out how to sent a proper answer. My daughter came, laughing about my message and said, it's not hard....let me show you....after a minute or so.....your phone is weird. We needed to change some settings. Then my flip phone was more usable. I knew right away my next phone would be either a smartphone or would have a qwerty.
@LadyDuck (170562)
• Switzerland
25 Feb 16
My husband hates cell phones and smart phones, he knows everything about computer, but he refuses to send a text using a phone.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
My husband is very resistant to anything technological. Give him some time and he usually eases into it. I didn't think he would ever text. For work he is required to file much of his paperwork, electronically. I do all of that for him.
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• United States
25 Feb 16
Aw that is so sweet Morley. I am glad he is overcoming the fear of texting. I never wanted to either, I get it, but that was a long time ago.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I wasn't to eager to learn, but eventually I bit the bullet and learned. No regrets. I use it frequently.
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@moondebi (1209)
• Bangalore, India
25 Feb 16
This is the case with my father too... he is not too smart to handle a smartphone.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
Your father probably is smart enough, he just needs someone with patience to teach him.
• United States
25 Feb 16
And the texting is so cumbersome on a flip phone! Good for him!!!
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
I learned with a flip phone. Not easy getting those letters in the correct spot.
@Ladypeace (2047)
• Singapore
25 Feb 16
It's good he's learned how to do it on his own now with your encouragement. I had to do the same with my mom. This made me realize how most people have taken their proficient use of technology for granted.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
Once we have mastered a task we forget how difficult it was to learn.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 16
my mom used to be afraid of texting and doesn't know how to use facebook. but now she can do both, except trouble shoot computers like my brother does.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
Once we get over our fear, it isn't that difficult.
@marlina (76603)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
I must say here that I hate texting.
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@Morleyhunt (20282)
• Canada
25 Feb 16
There is a time and a place. While dealing with my parents health issues, I could sit in a hospital room and quietly send out all the information to my 7 siblings simultaneously