Aging And Passwords

Every modern access to the internet, any account using money, and most apps, has to be guarded by a password. Security demands it.  But old people tend to lose the basic abilities required to facilitate maneuvering through these tools. For instance, we lose the ability to feel our hands. At least, many of us do.

That’s quite a handicap, as it turns out, for without the ability to feel one’s hands one loses the ability to pick small things up, or feel a screen, as well. And you wouldn’t believe how that, in combination with the also common loss of memory, can interfere with one’s ability to use a touchscreen device. In fact, I cannot keep adequate track of all the things I could blame on just these two manifestations of M.S. Thank God there aren’t many more. At last not yet.

Anyway, I began thinking about the many barriers to the internet the other night when I tried to explain to my in-laws what I meant when I said “I’m afraid of my i-phone.” The family includes two nieces and a nephew who have never known a world without the word-wide web, so they have no familiarity with anything which was my childhood. No wonder they couldn’t relate to my position, nor sympathize with what I was trying to tell them.

Technology is obviously great, and here to stay. The benefits are huge, and, if I weren’t handicapped and retired, I’d be right there with them, but, as it is, it’s just not worth it. I do what I can, but, for the most part, I’m afraid of my  phone.

The biggest single barrier this difficulty presents is probably that of time required to access the various entities protected by passwords. I prefer just to avoid them. As I get older, there are more and more things I am just avoiding. I am, therefor, seizing up in a more and more certain way.

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