The Internet has converted all.
I recently visited my in-laws on their 50th wedding anniversary. They live in a small town ‘M’ in UP. While we were driving to the function being hosted for them, my mom-in-law (70+ in age) and her brother were talking about some of their very close relatives living in the US and how they wanted to wish them and we were feeling bad about not being able to make it for the function. Suddenly MIL goes ” It’s ok. Will talk to them on SKPYE tomorrow. Will get to see them also.” WOW… I mean WOW….Got my mind going and as I started to look around, I realized that a lot of people esp. the ” older generation” as we call them… are on FB, SKYPE , GTALK and what not.. These are people for who computers and internet is an “alien from lolo land”. They have embraced it with open arms and a wide grin. THey feel cool, connected and best of can can access the people who matter a t a few clicks . They are in sync with the IT generation. Imagine the grandchildren saying I have a date with my grand mom on SKYPE today.
My dad is a fairly advanced internet user and embraced it a very long time back but my mom, she uses SKYPE to talk to her daughters and plays computer games on the machine in the evenings.
My Mausi wanted to learn how to use the internet so she could upload profile for her daughters on shaadi.com.
My other Mausi wanted to share her pictures in jeans (she had worn them for the first time) with the rest so got them posted on FB.
There are endless examples and stories of our and younger generation, who are scared about their parents and relatives landing up on FB and snooping around in their activities.
The point is – Lo and Behold ! The senior generation has arrived……. ON the NET and there is no stopping them.