Oldest active computer user in your family?

Discussion in 'Community' started by Billicus, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Billicus macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2002
    Charles City, Iowa
    I'm interested to find out how old the the oldest active computer user is in your family. I would describe active as someone who can use the computer most of the time without needing help. (That's where we come in...;)) I think the oldest active user in my family is almost 50.

    So then, naturally, a few questions come up. What to they use the computer for? Are they power users? How did they learn to use the computer?

    I'd like to point out that this thread will either crash & burn, or will be a fun and lively discussion. I'd prefer the latter. Happy posting...:)
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    My father is 74 and plays computerised golf and a flight simulator. My mum is 69 and uses the web to check home shopping stuff. They're usually okay by themselves but when they get into a jam, I usually end up re-installing things. :D

    They're on their 3rd computer now but this is the first that wasn't one of my hand-me-downs.
  3. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    My mother drives a big 40 foot motorhome, is an amatuer radio operator, has as dish on top of her motorhome and surfs at the ripe old age of 75(I think- give or take a year or two- she used to always say she was 39 to me so I guess I have lost track- she is still young at heart)

    Unfortunately it is not a mac...but I am working on that one. :D
  4. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    my grandparents are 80 and use two iBooks for email, internet, and digital pictures
  5. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    My grandfather, in his mid 70's, is an avid computer user.

    He loves taking pictures with his digital camera and sending them to people. He wrote a book on his computer. He emails people all the time, as well as IMs. He is quite savvy with the computer considering his age.

  6. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    my wife...48 yo

    i am 40

    at my parent's house nearby, my dad is only user and he is 77
  7. womencantsail macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Siberian Labor Camp
    I have 3 family members in their 70's who all use computers.
  8. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    14. Me. *giggle*.
    Sorry, that was sorta irresistable.
    Both my parents use computers, but i'm not sure if they quite fit the definition of "active", unless it means like email and stuff like that. Theyre both in their late 40s.

    But if you meant like family, as in like including my relatives and stuff, i'd say 60 or so. None of my grandparents are alive, so yeah.
  9. jenniff macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2004
    Is Chicago, is not Chicago!
    My mum is 53, and she works using computers at her job. She's the administrator for the online email and discussion system at a local college. At home, she primarily does video editing, email, internet, games, and other things that I wouldn't call "power using".

    She learned to use the computer by.. attending college, and getting a degree for it. Before that, she would always shout for me to come print her documents and save them and whatnot. Obviously, now she's much better.
  10. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    oldest in my family is 54 but they have had their com knowledge overtaken long time ago
  11. MacBandit macrumors 604


    Aug 9, 2002
    Springfield, OR (Home of the Simpsons)
    My great uncle who is in his 80's I believe. He loves email because he can't hear anymore to talk on the phone.
  12. The_Dood macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2004
    My grandmas are 81 and 82, and both check their email religiously (like 20 times a day!), and surf the net for recipes, gardening tips, and typical grandma stuff. My 82 year-old grandma has been known to sit for hours in front of her computer googling various names she can remember from her younger days. Once she looked up my and my sister's names, and called the next day saying she didn't know we got jobs in a North Carolina real-estate company, or that we were were the high scorer at a University of Washington basketball game. We had to convince her that it wasn't really us... just people with the same names! :D
  13. wrc fan macrumors 65816

    wrc fan

    Jan 19, 2003
    In a world where LPs are made like pancakes
    When I read the title I thought you meant oldest as who's been using them the longest. My dad's been using computers since the 70's, and he's also the oldest active user in my family at 62. In fact he just got a new 15" PowerBook 1.25Ghz. And I'm so envious of his new computer.
  14. joker2 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 19, 2003
    DC area
    My grandfather is in his 70s and uses his (Windows-based) computer for video and picture editing... but refuses to connect to the internet for any reason due to the viruses, despite repeated attempts by all the rest of the family to get him online.

    Maybe if I got them a Mac and a gift subscription to an ISP...
  15. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    It is my wife and I, we both started with Apple in 1983. We are active users. My wife happens to be 57, uses her computer for work also.
  16. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    my dad, he's 64
    uses a computer and pda everyday for almost everything
    I remember back in the early 1980's my dad bought a Ti home computer supposedly for me and my brother (it took cartridges and everything) but he was the only one who was really allowed to use it.
    He swears that if they had offered computer or tech classes at emory during the late 1950's or early 1960's that he would have been a programmer or some sort of tech guy instead of a judge.
    for 20 years he made it his duty to order the computers for his office
    when i used to live with my parents i could always tell when the new Dells came in at his work because he would come home giddy.
    my mom on the other hand, shes 60, cant stand computers and treated it almost like it was some sort of black magic when i attempted to teach her how to cut, paste, and use keyboard short cuts on her wintel machine at work
  17. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    My grandmother is 92 and is a pretty avid email user and internet surfer, although she doesn't really understand the concept of subject lines for email.
  18. Billicus thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2002
    Charles City, Iowa
    Another question for you all, then. Other than the given Internet surfing & text editing, do any of them play games on the computer? Do they continually learn new things on the computer or are they fairly set in their ways? :)
  19. thecow macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2003
    Timonium MD
    My grandmother is 65 and she is a programer for the navy. She has 2 pcs at work and a 15in iMac at home. She says that it is really annoying to switch from one computer to another because one is hooked to the internet and the other is hooked into the mainframe.
  20. Golem macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2003
    Up until last year my grandfather used a SE for word processing,excel and geneology unfortunately he passed away at 84.
  21. uhlawboi80 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2002
    hmm, my grandmother still uses a damn typewriter, but my grandfather is 84, almost 85, and he uses a computer to type but he also uses it for taxes, and to run the taxes and finances for habitat for humanity. He used to be the VP of comptrolling for sears, so thats what he does now. But he also uses Linux, and scans in compies of certain reciepts etc. So id say hes rather computer litterate for an 84 year old!
  22. G5orbust macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2002
    my 81 year old grandpa surfs regularly on his iMac G4 800. He originally got it to impress me because it was hot sh** hardware at the time (he got the top-of-the-line model).
  23. bryanc macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2003
    Fredericton, NB Canada
    My parents (68 and 74) both use computers extensively for teaching (they are university professors teaching distance education (using distance ed)), as well as surfing, email, record keeping, etc. Neither one of them is interested in any games.

    I've been trying to hook them on iTunes (as the first stealthy step towards converting them...heh), but, since we don't have the iTMS up here yet, and they have a nice stereo system, it hasn't caught on yet.

    Perhaps when my sister's music (she's an opera singer) can be purchased through the iTMS, they'll show more interest.

  24. TimDaddy macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2002
    Versailles, KY (and that's pronounced Vurr-sales)
    My father is around 51 and he lives at his computer. He sends all the jokes and chain emails that tend to annoy the hell out of me. He games a lot. He is addicted to Command & Conquer. He was programming his own satellite cards for a while, but finally got scared when someone he knew was busted. (Big hypocrite, considering the way he treated us kids like criminals when we got into the typical mischeif that all kids do.) He's probablyl got a porn collection. I haven't seen it, but I'm sure when my wife and I are in our fifties we won't want to look at each other! :p I was born in 1979, and my Mom says that she could barely pull him away from the computer long enough to drive her to the hospital! I think she's kidding. We've always had computers around, the earliest I remember being a Commodore Vic20. My dad has an uncle in his 70's who is learning to surf, send pics, and instant message. About once a month he really fudges up his PC and my dad has to go sort it out. In the mid-nineties, when I met my wife and she was getting into computers at my house, her grandmother hated it. She said the only reason for the computers were to make things harder on senior citizens. :rolleyes: When my wife's parents got an eMachine, her grandmother referred to it as "that Devil machine". I have since jokingly referred to the internet as "the devilnet". They finally got her emailing a bit last summer, she couldn't keep up with chat. She passed away last month. She was a good-hearted old woman, just old fashioned.
  25. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    edit: scrap that, I'm an idiot, please delete! :rolleyes:

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