Technology at 88

Technology At 88

When I was a girl I could never have imagined the technology we have available at our fingertips today.  If I wanted to know something I had to go to the Library and search through the reference books or ask someone knowledgeable – luckily for me my father was an academic and taught as a profession.  He was always happy to answer my questions, explain things and fulfil my curiosity.  Mostly answers weren’t instantly found like they are now.  I wrote letters and waited expectantly for a reply which would hopefully come in a few days time.  We sent holiday postcards and took photographs and sent the film away to be processed, again taking days of patience to see the results.

Daphne asDaphne a girl
As a young girl with my Mother Irene

The day to day life of a model is easier with technology I must say – I don’t have to traipse around castings with a heavy portfolio as all my shots are online or on my iPad mini in my handbag along with my iPhone.  I can receive bookings and updates from my Agent while I’m on the move.

Everything is so much easier you might think – but it’s not!  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t want to throw my computer away.  So much for technology! There is always something that has changed and updated or that I have forgotten how to do although I’ve been shown a 100 times before.  My eyes get tired looking at the screen and something, a photo for instance that was there a minute ago seems to have vanished into thin air and I don’t know why or what I did!  Exasperating…

I notice my grandchildren (I have four) have a very different relationship to technology – they are fearless, relaxed and confident. Pressing buttons and working things out in an intuitive way that is a mystery to me.  I’m scared I’m going to break it or do something that is irretrievably lost forever.  I can only compare it to driving a car or making a cake where a simple mistake can be an absolute disaster that I don’t want to happen.  I’m just not programmed inside like our younger generations who’ve grown up with it all.

80th Birthday with the Technology experts
On my 80th Birthday with my Grandchildren – the Tech Experts

But I soldier on – irritated when friends, many far younger than me who won’t embrace technology at all or even pick up the answer phone message you left last week.  I’ll never know what all the apps on my phone can do and I don’t want to spend all my time looking at the screen but it’s incredible what I have in my life as a result.  My students and friends all around the world in particular who bring me such joy and meaning.  Connecting to so many on social media and so much more.  At least I have a go – I’m not left behind entirely which I do think helps keep a youthful outlook on life.  I want to be part of todays current society – although when buying my rail ticket I’d still prefer to buy my ticket from a real live person and not struggle with the automated machine – I’ll leave that for others at least for now!

I’m trying to get the balance right and with all the technology progress I do hope that we keep talking to each other and our real life relationships a priority!

Technology at 88
With Caryn Franklin MBE at Dove Conference NY plus camera phone tech!

Do you embrace or struggle with technology and where does it make the most difference in your life?  I’d love to hear so do write in the comments below:-

6 thoughts on “Technology At 88”

  1. I, too, Daphne, struggle with technology but find it a wonderful tool to keep in touch with the world….not that everything is good
    about it, but, it is what we have and we must keep learning even
    though we don’t always agree. I find it wonderful to get messages from you….which would not be possible without technology….you are indeed an inspiration…..Living so far from you and your part
    of the world keeps me in touch with “what is going on” around me. Keep up the good work!

  2. To answer your technology question, I struggle with technology, but I love having access to the world for shopping, but mainly, for connecting to amazing people and resources. I believe in life long learning so I can get my fill of music, fashions, books, and current news.
    The castle is magnificent. My China pattern is British castles. I am fascinated by them.

  3. Technology has its purposes. I have been using computers only since 1985 and I have been on Facebook only since 2012. I was apprehensive to showing my face for probably 18 months and was posting pictures of only the back of my head of my silver strands growing out. I started chatting and came across a conversation with people who had the same feelings, experiences, comments with growing out their grays. My hair got more attention around the FB sphere which surprised me! I had been casted on line and found opportunities that I never had before. I found you Daphne on line, and followed your career since 2010. I registered and completed your model’s workshop in 2016. Before that I was casted as Brand Ambassador of Gray Is The New Blonde in Dec of 2015. I completed a week long model’s workshop in Chicago that Wendy Packer directed which allowed me to walk for the 2015 Bloomingdales Fashion Over Fifty Fashion Show. My window in the fashion community has helped a lot by connecting with models, photographers, agents, managers, artists and many modeling opportunities on line. I agree technology is ever changing, but I must admit, I probably would not be where I am today if I hadn’t taken the technology plunge! I am proud to be part of your Daphne Models Workshop graduate team and am honored for our continuing friendship! Thank you Daphne! ❤️💐🌷🌺😉

  4. Daphne,
    It took a number of years and many family members and friends to convince me to use a computer (I was still lamenting the demise of the manual typewriter). It was only because my son had gone off to university that I took up the challenge and began my adventure in the world of technology and the ability to communicate with my son (and get INSTANT responses).
    I adore the availability of information and easy research with the click of a button, to find my way in an unfamiliar location, to share my joy (and sorrows) with those who are important to me. Mind you, I still refuse to use a computer to write my prose and poetry…in this I will happily remain a Renaissance Woman.
    I can see that if (like you) I had a career that required schedules, dates, etc. the computer would be a welcome necessity. I have a dear friend who modeled for many years and her greatest lament story is about traipsing around with her portfolios…and wigs (but that’s another story).
    To anyone reluctant to take up the challenge, I am the first one to convince them of the wonderful world that awaits them. Senior citizens especially get addicted to travel sites and shopping sites…making life so much more manageable and so much more interesting. Seeing the world in their own home or going shopping without having to cope with foul weather…or possibly the danger of falling.
    I’m still not what one would call a “techy” but I’ve come a long way, baby!

  5. Oh thank you, thank you, thank you:) Like you, I am on a major learning curve every day with technology, and at 67- see both the great plusses and significant minuses of this “here to stay” mode of doing business.
    I love being connected the the world via the web…but particularly, I wanted to share this. When my first book launched in Sept. of ’17, I began to experience the intense stress of being pushed endlessly to “produce” PR via podcast…and other online forms of promotion. “It’s simple!!” snapped this woman who had taught computer science in High School. “Just do it!! ”
    Since that date, I have watched my own stress reactions …have learned a lot, produced a lot, but also had two major panic attacks, bronchitis and back issue…ALL of which I know to be stress responses. It’s almost interesting watching my stress response migrate among these three spots…as they have for years during my acting career, or in graduate school.
    We are, as the bible says somewhere, “fearfully and wonderfully made”, and I, like you, hope we stay connected to the human touch before we lose our sensitivity to nuance entirely.

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