If you’re a senior citizen with little computer experience, the ever-changing world of technology might seem overwhelming at times. You may even be tempted to throw up your hands in despair rather than tackle the next device or app. Before you do that, though, try a few of the following tech tips designed to make your time with technology smoother and more enjoyable.

Use The Right Tools

First, make sure you’re using the right tools. Choose a browser, for instance, that is easy to navigate and apps that are simple in design and logical in function. You may also want to download OneLaunch if you’re on a Windows 11 computer. This handy program allows you to completely customize your work space and have everything you need right at your fingertips and only one click away.

Take It Slow

Also, don’t try to use too much technology at once. Start slowly, and get used to one device or app at a time. If you’ve just gotten an iPad, for example, don’t fill it up with apps. Get used to the Internet browser, an ebook app, a music app, and a game or two. That’s probably more than enough to begin. You can always add as you go, but if you try too much at first, you’ll only end up overwhelmed and frustrated.

Get The Help You Need

There may be times, even when you take things slowly, that you simply need help. You might turn to one of your kids or grandkids to get you over the rough spots. If they balk a little, merely remind them that they can take the time to help you occasionally because, after all, you took the time to show them how to use a spoon! You might also turn to a friend who is a bit more tech savvy or even to your local computer store for extra assistance.

Take A Class

If you want to build a deeper knowledge of technology and learn new tips and tricks, consider taking a class online or in person. Check with your community education program or local senior center. These often offer classes for seniors in everything from using a word processing program to getting started on a smart phone. Most classes are free or low-cost, and you might find yourself learning exactly what you need to know and meeting some new people along the way.

Don’t Give Up

Finally, even if technology frustrates you to no end sometimes, don’t give up. Just take a step back, and give yourself a break for a while. Grab a cup of coffee, or read a book. When you come back to your computer or device, you’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle the issue. Remember, too, that when computers and devices act up, the best thing may be to turn them off, wait a few minutes, and start over. That often does the trick.

Find Tech Success

You can find tech success! Be patient with yourself, and get the help you need to boost your skills and your confidence. Before long, you’ll be an expert in technology, at least as much as you want to be.