Phones and other devices are packed with funkctions and options, so many, we do not even use. Why are we not overwhelemed with it and why do we keep using and learning more and more funcktions?
Well I have no clear answer to it, but observing this topic and my main topic together, i see a difference.
A difference in why older people need less funktions, or options taken from them to be able to use the devices, and why the new generations implement their devices so well.
First its the aspect “growing up”. Growing up with implemented systems and habits is easy and builds a general understanding for system and new changes in the system. This is missing for the older generation as the invention of phones and computers was targeted to a younger audience making the gap even larger. So many years passed thinking older people won’t need it, noone teaching them, noone inventing a version for seniors…. Many years fell into this ignoring gap.
The second aspect is “the circle around”. If you have work, friends, entertainment and school around you, that basically forces you to use multiple funkctions on your devices, you learn to implement it into your life and work even faster with it. It really does make your life easier with more functions.
The third aspect that i see is “reachability”. A phone is small, thin and always in your pocket, making it very accessible. So much even that we unconsciously learned a habit-movement like reaching always for our phone, checking if it is still there or any notifications or even the time without really reading the time. We even forgot the “Watch” movement, although it is coming back with the Smart-watches.
The fourth aspect is “repetition, memory and singals”. Having many sources of notifications that use the same device like friends, family, work or school makes us always ready for signals like ringtones, vibrations and so one. So we are aware of them and react to them so we constantly rech to our phone wich gets us to “repetition”. As we learn all the smart touches and movements, those implement into our memory. We swipe, we zoom, we learn all those comands.
Older people are not in those circles, do not react or hear those signals and so they do not learn those smart touches and movements, therefore it never implements into their life as the “automaticality” or “automotoricality” never reaches a point where it is not hard to work with anymore.
So it is very important to work in their needs to make devices simplier for them without cutting them from families that are in those smart-device-circles. This will be in the next post.