Eliminate the Fear – Have Fun Using Your Computer and Other Electronic Devices

This site has evolved out of my experience of working with friends who are seniors, as well as others, who have a fear of doing something wrong on the computer. Often a sense of overwhelm at all the choices blocks them from taking action.

Having had the same fear myself when I finally started using the computer many years ago, I can understand. Even today, after 20 plus years, 12 of them with websites, I still cringe many times when I am introduced to a new program or a new piece of equipment. I still fear doing something wrong and “messing up” or losing existing work on the computer.

My curiosity and desire to discover new things wins out and I experience the fun and excitement of new learning.  I also know that there are “rewards” on the other side, even as simple as having fun or making new connections.

Recently there was a contestant on the TV show SHARK TANK who was looking for investors in his program for online classes to teach computer programs to Seniors age 50 and over. His proposal was denied by each of the panel members.

From my perspective, as I watched what he shared, it seemed what he was offering were programs that you would have to know about in the first place in order to want to enroll in taking them to learn about them.

Technology for Seniors Made Easy is about listening to you in the first place, understanding that you may know very little about computers, and/or Smartphones, iPads and Tablets, other than your friends and family are using them. Or you may be someone who is knowledgeable and would appreciate picking up some simple tips.

It seems to me that almost daily I am discovering something new. For instance I did not realize that I could be using Skype from my iPhone.  (See Skype here, if you are not sure what this is.)

Do you have fears around any of the technology?  If so, what are they?  What would you like to accomplish if you were fearless?  Are you computer literate and yet you feel that life on the web could be simpler?  Your comments below will be most appreciated.

Please watch this site for tips, plus developing future  programs to be offered by me, 73-year old, Tech Savvy Sheila.

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