And I’m okay with that. Because when the Zombie Apocalypse hits, those same young people will come running to us Old Schoolers when they’re suddenly left without their Wi-Fi and fancy-schmancy gadgets. So I figure it’ll all balance out in the end.
What I did not expect, however, was to receive a lesson on modern technology from my stub-tailed cat, Violet.
Recently, I purchased an iPad Mini. One of the apps I downloaded was a freebie offered by Friskies called “Cat Fishing.” It features a koi fish lazily swimming around the screen. When a cat taps the fish, it disappears under circular ripples of water and re-emerges a different color, swimming slightly faster than before. A number in the upper right of the screen counts up to 10, at which point, “You Win!” appears on the screen and the game repeats itself.
Fast forward several weeks. I was working on a story and needed to do some quick research on the Internet to check some historical facts. I had to keep toggling back and forth between my story and the web browser, closing one before I could open the other. It was unwieldy and a little irritating. And then I thought, Surely, there’s got to be an easier way!
That’s when I thought of Violet playing “Cat Fishing.” I remembered how she kept slapping the screen with her little, gray paw, causing the screen to shift from “Cat Fishing” to another game I’d been playing earlier, “Bubble Shoot.” I had to keep exiting “Bubble Shoot” and restarting “Cat Fishing,” and I couldn’t figure out how she kept toggling between the two.
And then I realized that she was doing the cat version of a four-finger swipe; the screen was so sensitive that it was detecting each digit of her little paw as a wee finger. I tried swiping my four fingers from right to left across the screen, and, lo and behold, the screen shifted from my story to the website I was consulting for my research. I swiped my fingers back the other way and my story reappeared. So THAT’S how she did it!, I thought with glee.
After a few moments, it hit me like a ton of bricks: It took a cat to show me how to use a feature on my iPad.