How You Can Feel More Confident When Using Technology at Any Age

Posted on: August 28, 2023

Every day, there are more and more ways to do things online, like shopping, visiting the doctor, and talking to friends. But if you don’t feel comfortable using this technology, you might also feel like you’re missing out.

Luckily, there’s good news: It’s never too late to learn how to use different kinds of technology! With a little practice and some quick tips, you’ll be tech-savvy before you know it. 

I’m Bad at Using Technology. What Should I Do?

Some people think that since they’ve had trouble using new technology in the past, they’re doomed to stay that way forever. However, according to Pew Research, the number of older adults using the internet, social media, and mobile devices has increased considerably over the last decade.

Here are a few encouraging statistics to consider when trying new technology:

  • 83% of adults ages 50 to 64 and 61% of those 65 and older own smartphones
  • Social media use by adults 65 and older has grown fourfold since 2010
  • 75% of people 65 and older use the internet
  • 83% of adults ages 50 to 64 and 49% of those 65 and older use YouTube

Learning anything for the first time can take a while and requires lots of practice. So don’t be afraid to dive in and see how technology can make your life easier and more fun. Being confident in your abilities is the first step toward something new.

Getting Help With Technology

Some people are afraid to use technology simply because they don’t want to “mess something up.” Rest assured that there’s very little you can do to truly cause trouble on your computer, phone, or tablet! 

We’ve found several free resources that can help you become more confident in using your device.

Once you get more comfortable doing the basics, you can expand your knowledge to do almost anything with your computer or device, right from the comfort of your home.

Staying Safe Online

Using a computer or device can be fun, but there are a few simple safety precautions to keep in mind as you use the internet or apps. This doesn’t mean you need to be worried about everything you do – just use common sense and follow these suggestions.

  • Know which sites are safe. Only visit or click on websites you trust, and look for websites that show a lock icon and/or HTTPs in the URL bar to signify they’re safe.

secure HTTPs in the URL bar

  • Create strong, unique passwords – and don’t share them. When you’re prompted to create a password for a website, make it something only you would know, and don’t give it to anyone else.
  • Be aware of scams. People can sometimes pretend to be someone they’re not online. Verify the sender of any message or email before replying. Never click on a link in a suspicious email. And don’t be intimidated by threats – they’re often just a ploy to get you to part with money or information. 

You can learn more about these and other ways to stay safe in our companion article, 5 Easy Ways to Stay Safer Online. 

Other Ways You Can Use Technology

The possibilities are nearly endless once you become comfortable with using technology. Here are just a few ways you can use your newfound skills:

  • Communicate with family members or friends through video calls
  • Keep up with acquaintances on social media
  • Watch videos and listen to music
  • Read the news and check the weather forecast
  • Find information about medications, vacation spots, hobbies, and more
  • Order groceries or household supplies
  • Write notes or letters via email
  • Start a book or diary
  • Meet virtually with a doctor 
  • Download and read e-books and magazines
  • And more! 

Virtual Tours at Otterbein

One more way you can use your new technology skills is to schedule a virtual tour at Otterbein SeniorLife. 

At any of our continuing care retirement communities in Ohio and Indiana, we can show you any type of home you’re interested in, answer your questions, and give you a look at the campus. And it can all be done right from the comfort of your home with any video technology you’re comfortable with! 

Learn more about scheduling a virtual tour at Otterbein and hear from Otterbein marketing director Anna on what a tour can offer you. 

Learn More About Virtual Tours