Library Asks Teens to Help Grandma Close the Tech Gap

This screen is making me nauseous!This screen is making me nauseous!

My mother, now in her 60s, has just never grasped any part of the computer age. She still drives to Barnes & Noble to buy books at full price instead of getting the latest deal on Amazon. She's unsettled by the fact that a computer mouse is named after vermin, never mind that watching the arrow drag across the screen makes her nauseous. Mom made some valiant efforts to e-mail me while I was living in Argentina in my early 20s, albeit the messages were always rife with odd spacing. At the end of the day, she still wishes for a typewriter. 

So when mom watches my 13-year-old cousin update her Facebook account while simultaneously playing YouTube videos and a computer game, her attitude is similar to the one I used to have when listening to Argentine kids speak better Spanish than me: 'Oh, it's soooooo easy for you. You were born into it — punks.'

Thankfully, the San Francisco Public Library is attempting to close this upsetting tech gap between generations.

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