September 24, 2003

Calling cards and e-mail

I don't know which one to use--a calling card or e-mail to reach home.

I am practically stranded at Seton Hill, competely cut off from home while at school. My family does not know how to run an e-mail account, much less turn on the Dell.

Calling home is 90 cents per call. The other option is a calling card. They seem like an unnecessary addition when e-mail is right there. I am a thrifty shopper. Know that now.

Should I try to teach my family the magic of Internet communication, or just opt for the calling card?

Now, you may simply say, "Teach them," but it isn't that easy when you are dealing with an age difference of over 20 years, and that I am a college student (an intimidating thing to them, which really shouldn't be considering they are so much wiser and experienced than I).

What a dilemma!

I don't know what to do. I have to contact them every once and a while on the Hill, after all, they are still my RAs.

Suggestions would be very helpful.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 24, 2003 10:32 PM

Unless you can make them interested in e-mail, you won't be able to teach them. And even if you can make them interested, some people (maybe your prrents, maybe not, I don't know them) are just technologically illiterate and always will be. There are zillions of horror stories of people being unable to use computers for the simplest tasks.

Don't fight a losing battle, just call them.

Posted by: Paige at September 25, 2003 11:18 AM

neither of my parents use email. My mother is terrified of the computer. My father can't copy and paste things in to Word documents. I usually suffice as the "technical support personnel" in my house, but now that I live at SHU, I fear that they will be swallowed up by ignorance.

I say get a calling card. It's much easier (I use one to contact my 'rents and I only call about once or twice a week, but when you use the card often, you tend to memorize the number, which makes it easier still :) At Sam's Club, they sell them 600 minutes for $20. That's one of the best deals around, in my opinion. Try that, Amanda. Best of luck, dear.

Posted by: KarissaKilgore at September 26, 2003 2:27 PM

Can someone say SPAM?!!!!

Posted by: Amanda at April 26, 2004 12:34 AM
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