Is the idea that you can save more money using Apps fair on older people?
edited 18 May 2022 at 3:46PM in Mobiles
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I read Martin's latest tip today saying "12 ways you can save but only on Apps ..." I am elderly (77 yrs) but fortunate that I understand my smart phone and technology. However, I have many friends who don't even have a smart phone and others who do not understand Apps. They also do not have much money. Technology is travelling so fast that many people cannot keep up with it and miss out. Is this fair? The older generation have dedicated their lives to bringing up the future generations, have lived through previous bad times and now are having to pay for it again by being left behind.
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But its nothing new, other places gave discount for cutting out coupons from papers etc.
I look forward to the day when driverless cars mean I no longer have to bother driving myself, as well as many other likely currently unknown technological advances and implementations. Being "left behind" technologically is often an active choice or a result of passivity, rather than something caused by the advances themselves.
The first iPhone was released in 2007 and since then touchscreen phones with apps that you launch by pressing a tile on a screen has been pretty much become standard on all smartphones. That was 15 years ago, so that's 15 years people have had to learn how to use a smartphone and adopt to this new technology. If someone thinks technology is "moving too fast" to keep up and learn then they arn't trying so it's perfectly fair that if someone chooses not to learn something they miss out on it's benefits.
I used to have a fairly stupid phone but one thing I liked about it is that it also had a fm radio so that I could listen to something while I was walking to work. When I went to replace it I kept asking for one with a radio and would get blank looks from the (extraordinarily young looking) person in the phone shop. "well you can get an app" was normally the reply. It made no sense to me and they didn't realise that I had no idea what an app actually did and how they worked. I do now but it's taken me 6 more years since then to have a phone that is actually good enough to have apps on it.
Which brings me to my second point....the cost of having a phone with apps. If one is on a tight budget (& a lot of us are) we aren't going to be paying £1k for an iphone outright or £50+ a month for a contract. It's going to be the £50 cheapo phone with a £5 sim only contract. And no ability to add all the apps that the supermarkets think we should have. So because someone is on a budget they can't access the deals that would help them save money shopping.
Completely unfair but I can't see a solution.
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