ZOMG, you guys. It’s been a busy few months. My spring semester of classes nearly did me in; they were difficult and incredibly time consuming. But hey, it was worth it: I got an A in each class and now I’m one step closer to finishing my Human-Computer Interaction degree.
I’m taking courses this summer, but until the semester starts, I’ve been enjoying my free time. Last weekend I nearly panicked when I had so much free time on my hands. I’m used to spending weekends working on homework, so it’s eerily quiet when I don’t have classes.
But anyway, I’ve been busy with other things, with fun things. Specifically, I’ve been helping my mom, sister, and brother-in-law with technology-related stuff. My mom and dad got their first ever smartphone, so I had to teach them everything from scratch. Our conversations went like this:
Me: “This is a smartphone. It’s a small computer. Your smartphone has 4G.”
Parents: “What’s 4 and G?”
Me: “It’s called ’4G’ and it’s kind of hard to explain. But just think of it as a magical place where you can connect to the Internet from nearly anywhere.”
Dad: “You mean I can use eBAY from anywhere?”
Mom: “You mean I can ask my smartphone for driving directions and the phone will talk to me and tell me where to drive?”
Me: “Yeah. And there’s so many other things you’ll be able to do, too. It’s so exciting.”
I forgot how hard it is to teach a person how to use a smartphone when they’ve never used one before in their life. There are so many settings to adjust, sounds and notifications to select, accounts to create, cases and styluses to select, apps to download and organize, etc. etc.
My mom has impressed me immensely with how quickly she grasps new concepts. My parents went to Oklahoma to visit relatives and my little cousins asked my mom if she knew how to text and if she had an Instagram account. Mom called me to confirm if she had these capabilities. When I told her yes and then told her how to download and set up the accounts, she gained instant street cred with my young cousins. They said my mom was very cool.
I had dinner last weekend with my parents and I noticed that my mom kept yawning non-stop. I finally asked her why she was so tired. With a sheepish look on her face, she confessed that she and Lydia, one of my mom’s nieces, had stayed up texting until 1:00AM or so. It cracked me up that my mom was behaving like a teenager.
My sister, who thus far has refused to use any social networking apps (not even Facebook!), asked me to help her install and set up an Instagram account. I was shocked that she wanted to do this. I figured that she would try it out and then delete her account. But to my great surprise, she is using Instagram to make friends and connect with people all over the globe. The other day she called me and asked what a hashtag is and how to add them to her photos. Tots adorbs!
My summer semester starts soon, but in the meantime, you will find me acting as the information technology handy (wo)man for mi familia. :)