Getting to grips

PUBLISHED: 14:52 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:38 11 May 2010

IT seems I m not alone. After spending years thinking that no-one else was as incompetent with new gadgets it has been revealed that 75 per cent of the nation is not particularly enamoured by today s technology. Indeed, it is estimated that there are at l

IT seems I'm not alone. After spending years thinking that no-one else was as incompetent with new gadgets it has been revealed that 75 per cent of the nation is not particularly enamoured by today's technology.

Indeed, it is estimated that there are at least 300 million pieces of Harry Potter wizardry simply lying around unused.

That's everything from a mobile phone to a television remote control.

Obviously, we own a television remote control. No, to be true, for some reason we have three of these devices.

Two of them, I believe, work the television set and the other one is for the DVD player.

Why we need so many I don't know. And why each one looks the same is a ploy by the technology whiz-kids just to make life difficult.

The television remote control does not work the DVD player and, believe it or not, the DVD remote control does not work the television.

But when one is indistinguishable from the other there is a certain amount of confusion.

I still have the strength to walk across the room and turn on the television set and select a channel.

What I do not really need is a dozen other buttons which suddenly make one of those ridiculous shopping channels or something called Dave appear on the screen.

And it seems nor does anyone else.

The survey carried out by the website, Which.co.uk showed that most of the people taking part need pieces of technology that were, well, basic.

A camera which takes a picture, or a radio which can be tuned to the appropriate station, and a mobile phone that doesn't have to include a whole repertoire of singing and dancing.

Now that's technology.

But what hope is there for us non-tech people?

Seeing that all these devices seem to be out of date by the time we buy them, there is no hope at all.

We will simply have to struggle on and attempt to understand the instructions which come with all these gadgets - or simply ask a six-year-old who seems to have mastered our device-ridden world.

Meanwhile, at least, for the time being, our kettle has one button which is operated with a simple push and, believe it or not, the water reaches boiling point.

I just hope no-one invents anything more complicated for such a task or else I'll be left with an ever growing mountain of PG Tips.

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