Matthew Robinson, a 74-year-old from East Austin, Texas, is a living blues legend. He has been playing blues music for over 50 years and has even toured internationally!
After completing digital literacy training through the Senior Connect program, Matthew, a self-taught guitarist, is now taking online guitar lessons to learn official techniques which he originally taught himself. He also frequently uses YouTube to watch videos from his childhood music mentors.
Says Matthew, “I was a complete and total dinosaur before this program. I didn’t know how to upload or download or anything like that. Now I can do things I never thought that I could do. I can text people and watch movies and take classes online. It’s made me a happier person.”
Additionally, Matthew has learned to complete everyday tasks online. “Before, I didn’t know what ‘log in’ meant, but nowadays you have to log in with your bank and your doctor. Now, I can log in, and it only takes me a few seconds — not a problem.”
Overall, Matthew highly recommends digital literacy training, saying, “I love this program.”
However, he also knows that some older adults without any internet experience may be nervous about getting online and offers them some advice. “Technology is growing every minute, and you don’t want to be left behind. You don’t want to have to depend on others every day. When you’re at my age, you still want to feel useful, like you can do things and be helpful. That’s why I would encourage everyone in my age group to take this program.”
He continues, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how silly you think they are. The teachers are there to help you. The next thing you know, you’ll be on your way, and you’ll be glad you did it. I am. I’m so proud of myself.”