WHY COMPUTERS SCARE THE SH*T OUT OF OLD PEOPLE
Computers make for the perfect storm to scare the crap out of old people.
Computers are new(ish), they are complicated, they are inconsistent, and they have scary pop-up messages.
Old people like old stuff, simple stuff, stuff that is predictable, stuff that does not have scary pop-up messages.
The media constantly bombards us with warnings about computers. Change your password and make them difficult to remember. Have virus protection or else someone in the Ukraine will empty all your bank accounts and steal your grandchildren.
With all this in mind, I purchased Norton Anti-virus for my PC.
I constantly get a pop-up from Norton,
“ERROR DETECTED…error 8765340-urscrewed…stand by while we fix this error.”
After about fifteen minutes Norton tells me,
“We are unable to auto fix error 8765340-urscrewed…go to Norton online fix.”
I have been warned about how devious internet hackers can be, how do I know this is Norton and not a devious hacker just waiting for me to visit his site? Having already been hacked, I decide to ignore Norton (for which I pay $55 a year.)
My computer seems just fine despite error 88765340-urscrewed, but now I am a nervous wreck with every keystroke…Thanks Norton!
Later on in the day, I try to cut and paste a web site in an email to Mrs. Cranky. I get this pop-up,
“Do you want to allow this site to have complete control of your computer, empty your bank accounts and steal your grandchildren?”
WHAT SITE? WTH!
WHAT SITE? WTH!
I almost select “yes” out of habit but stop myself and hit no.
“You have selected no, are you sure you do not want to allow this site to have complete control of your computer, empty your bank accounts and steal your grandchildren?”
I select “yes.”
“You have selected ‘yes,’ is that ‘yes’ you want to allow this site to have complete control of your computer, empty your bank accounts and steal your grandchildren? Or ‘yes’ I meant to select ‘no’?”
“Please respond in ten seconds, no response will be a ‘yes,’ but we are not sure if yes will mean yes, give up control, or yes you meant no.”
I immediately shut down my computer.
When I restarted it, Norton popped-up,
“We have detected an error…it may or may not be a problem…suggest you put a hold on all bank accounts and put your grandchildren into the witness protection program.”
Is it any wonder that computers scare the sh*t out of old people?