Who says technology is only for the young? These senior citizens show that you’re never too old for tech. BY AZLINDA SAID
Are your parents scared of all things tech? Learn from those who’ve embraced it.
WHO Tony Chong, 62, retiree HIS “ADDICTION” “I started a Facebook account last year to keep up with my two teenage granddaughters. I had looked after them when they were younger, but we started drifting apart when they started secondary school.” GETTING STARTED “It was difficult at the start. There were so many functions and steps – I often got confused. Luckily, my granddaughters were patient enough to teach me. It took two to three months to master the basics, and I still have more to learn, like how to upload videos.” HIS FEAR “Up until last year, I wasn’t familiar at all with the Internet. If I needed to check anything online, I’d ask my children to do it for me. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to learn and that my grandchildren would think I was stupid. I was also scared that my friends would laugh and call me sua ku (Hokkien for country bumpkin). But I worried for nothing – everyone was so supportive and some of my friends now even want me to teach them!” HIS ADVICE “Never underestimate yourself! I think the moment we hit our golden years, we tend to think that we’re too slow to learn anything new. That’s not true – we just have to keep asking questions until we get it right.”