When parents go digital!

Day 1

I am back from office and see Mom busy on her mobile. Did I hear it right? I could hear just concluded PM’s speech at Davos World Economic Forum playing on YouTube

Me: How did you find this speech?

Mom: Everything is there on YouTube. It comes. I search for anything I want. By the way the new phone is nice. I can watch videos clearly on the big screen

Day 2

Am in a hurry to leave for work

Mom: What G is my phone? Newspaper says mobile rates have reduced because of 4G

Me: Mom, 3G /4G depends on your mobile service plan, not necessarily on the type of cellphone. You have a good plan

Mom: Ok… I just spoke to your cousin on WhatsApp video call

Day 3

I call Papa at work to inform about neighbourhood doctor’s death.

Papa: Yes I know. I saw the message on couple of WhatsApp groups. When you come in the evening please help me how to share a Facebook message on WhatsApp

Day 4

I order some food for Mom before she reaches home.

Mom: Can I also order like you? You put that app in my mobile, so that I don’t have to disturb you in office.

Does this sound familiar? It may, for many of you. Personally, so many times conversations with my parents now revolve around social media and technology. From shopping, cab bookings, travelling, reading, accessing information, they have started thinking and talking digital.

While all the attention in on millennials, senior citizens are silently but steadily adopting mobile internet as India becomes digital. Much of this internet consumption is out of curiosity and eagerness to learn.

Like the youth, they are becoming mobile first consumers. Equally restless if mobile data doesn’t work or cannot stream videos. It’s a childlike curiosity to learn how to use digitech. Smallest things make them happy and discover new things in the virtual world.

What’s your #DigitalParents story?

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Tejal

I am a wanderer by nature - curious to know more, learn new things. This page is an attempt to make sense of my Random Thoughts. What will you see here? My thoughts / experiences on things in general - travel, relationships, Mumbai, marketing - anything that touches me. Do visit to know what am I thinking - for any feedback / ideas / collaborations write to deshpande.tejal@gmail.com / Tweet on @d_tejal

One thought on “When parents go digital!”

  1. My dad is quite curious about what my mobile holds within it, but at 80, he finds it annoying seeing people with their eyes glued to their phones. But, my mom is least bit interested in anything technological. She does use a mobile I gifted her, but like a smart woman she uses it only to make or receive calls, unlike us dumbos who have given the ‘Smart ‘ status to our phones! 🙂
    But. I must say, the generation of our parents is pretty chilled out about embracing the new lifestyle and new technology, and yet keep it at a safe distance. We sure have so much to learn from them!

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