When I was a teacher teaching Information Technology, one small point we always discussed was people who lack basic technology, like e-mail or web browsing facilities.

I know there are many such people, some who say they cannot understand it, others who simply refuse to have such new fangled tech around. Why, I cannot say.

Plainly, these people are at some disadvantage. E-mail is a convenient way to communicate, Skype or an equivalent are usually easy enough to use and if you have family elsewhere, it’s a good way to keep in touch.

My aunt wrote me a letter the other day. Finding an envelope just to send her a reply was a real chore, and totally unnecessary if she had simple Internet facilities, but she doesn’t.

Not being able to order items on-line, taking advantages of the best prices, having stuff delivered can be tricky. This has been highlighted by the current virus lockdown. We are supposed not to go out unless it’s necessary. Every time you go out increases your risk of catching it. Order on-line and it will be delivered.

It’s not hard to get on-line, it’s not expensive and for many things these days t is essential.

If you know someone who would benefit from being connected, why not help them?

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One Response to Disadvantaged

  1. pws says:

    As of 2023, there are still millions of people over 16 in the UK who have never ever used the Internet or the World Wide Web. Some of these refuse to use it out of principle.

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