Technology and elderly


Donning the avatar of a sulking child,

elderly have their fair share of whining,

not for a toy,

nor a chocolate,

a silly WhatsApp message from their son or daughter,

screw it!

it’s not even working,

who is to be blamed?

The youth glued to the smartphones for the entire day,

can’t even fix the bug!

they resemble a jilted lover,

crying hoarse over the world’s ruthless way,

denying the joy of instant messages,

who chased us off the streets!

I ain’t even judging our elders,

amused on how social media and technology,

driving normal sapiens into the world of insanity,

technology is another name for havoc.






12 thoughts on “Technology and elderly

  1. Sigh. Technology has indeed triggered a wide variety of situations – a strange mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. My grandpa and I still marvel at this every other day. He is currently thrilled he can talk to me on WhatsApp. 🙂

    Great post as usual, Vishal. ☺

    • Thanks Debo. I saw it yesterday with an elderly relative behaving like a kid when his FB was freezing and went blank. And, many say we are like that. I was quite amused and he even went to the extent of saying he will break his i-pad coz of Facebook. Funny right! Tech should make lives easier and not stressful. Wonderful how in general the seniors are keeping up to date with gadgets to facilitate life.

  2. Well written, Vishal. Though it sounds amusing, this is so true! I too have seen the frustration of elderly people tend with social media and technology when something doesn’t work. When my father in law gets stuck up with something as simple as a word doc, he gets quite agitated and expects that us to solve it remotely. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Somali. It happened yesterday and saw the uncle behaving like a kid. It makes me wonder on the psychological impact of social media. I mean, I freak up when suddenly laptop not opening or word doc issue. I was quite amazed seeing it happen yesterday.

  3. Your light-hearted poem has so much truth in them. Somewhere I recently read that ‘Technology was created to save time is the joke of the century’. Social media and technology surely has made the world a small place, helping us connect but would we want to connect at the cost of disconnecting real relationships? Wise use of technology is the need of the hour.

    • Yes! I was quite surprised when the uncle suddenly started behaving like a youngster saying that he will throw this gadget because of facebook. It makes me realize how social media is very psychological and how we forsake real relationships. We are sucked into this game. Thanks lot for reading, Pranitha.

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