- Netflix: it’s at all of our fingertips. Grandad doesn’t use it, Mum does use it, but doesn’t understand the dire social consequences of saying she’s having ‘Netflix and chill’ with her children, and I have the wonderful world of closed-garden, digital film libraries down pat – how’s that for an illustration of a generational gap?
- My use of the internet is an extension of me; many students my age would say the same. It’s always been there; I can scarcely recall a world without it. The same is not true for everybody. This week I interviewed my grandparents about how the internet plays a role in their lives.The internet first found a home with my Grandparents some 10+ years ago, via Grandad’s desktop computer. Initially he used it to handle his responsibilities as secretary of the local lawn bowls club and member of Probus, as well as researching our family history. Nowadays, these activities extend to accessing the news, sharing family photos and internet banking. Their use of the internet became increasingly mobile when Grandad purchased an iPad seven years ago, which he uses “extensively”. The iPad now accompanies him on overseas trips, to take advantage of hotel Wi-Fi and keep in touch with family and friends, particularly in the case of an emergency situation. Grandma also has her own iPad. Despite enjoying the mobile features of their iPads, my grandparents do not have, nor do they plan on acquiring, smartphones.
“We’re ogres with mobile phones as we do not use them for internet (don’t even use SMS facilities – don’t like nor need them!” – Grandad 2K16
They have a smart television, Foxtel and the ability to access Stan and Netflix, but never use it (shock, horror!). From the answers I received, the aspect of the internet which seems to excite my Grandparents the most is the app store . . . she is “addicted” to solitaire and “used to be addicted to candy-something”.
Today’s final word will be from Grandad. Although it doesn’t answer any of the questions I emailed him, he deemed it necessary to end this fable with a warning; “there is more to life than electronics! Ha. (Quote: Grandad).” Thanks Grandad.