On-liners should spare a thought for the non-liners

Today just about everyone is online – or so it seems. An “address” is more likely to be some strange combination of letter with an @ somewhere in the middle and end with .co. or .org .uk rather than a house number followed by a street name,a town and a postcode. People are more likely to text each other than telephone and from what i heard on the radio email is now old hat – the done thing is text messaging or tweeting. And a Facebook page is a must have, apparently.

Spare a thought, though,  for the people who are not wired up/keyed in/switched on or whatever metaphor you want to use. I know a number of these who live full and satisfying lives without a personal computer of any sort – including i-pads and i-pods, smart phones and tablets. As far as I know they don’t even use the freely available computers in the local public library.

We don’t have a television set and get regular letters from the television licensing authority reminding us that we haven’t purchased a TV license and this heinous crime can lead to fines and goodness knows what else.  I suspect the TV license people might be one of the organisations that can make a foreceable entry to your house in order to catch you illegally watching Coronation Street.

Back to my friends who choose not to join the digital age: surely this choice,should be respected. So many adverts now don’t include a postal address, just an email and people can expect to be contacted by mobile phone. Banking is going “paperless” and the banks want to send you your special magic pin number to your mobile phone. There should be some provision for people who don’t have a mobile phone or access to the internet.

Yes, I agree that non IT users are a minority. But, unlike other minorities, the disabled, the blind, the deaf or those from a different ethnic background, there is no special provision made for them. Everything it seems comes in digital format and over the internet. It’s time we had a box you could tick if you wanted to be contacted only by the less high-tech methods.





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I am a poet, therefore I am crazy - see Shakespeare "the lunatic, the lover and the poet..." I also write plays and stories and do the press reports for my local WI. I ride a recumbent trike, a Hase Kettwiesel - I love it!

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