The Internet is Confusing – and Thoughts on Learning

So, I’ve been trying to gain experience with different social media websites (Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, etc.) to strengthen my skills and possibly also my resume. But it’s harder than I expected. I’m only 21, this stuff should be easy!

            I can’t imagine how my parents feel. I’ve tried to help my dad figure out the basics like email, and it’s similar to what I imagine it would be like to teach a child to ski. It can be funny at times (he cannot figure out how to double-click!) but it is mostly just frustrating. It seems so easy to me, how can he not understand it.

But then I remember what it was like being a kid and being taught how to ski by my dad. It was quite a while ago, but I remember that no matter how hard I tried some things just did not work, like getting my boots to click into the bindings. Now it seems so simple, but back then it was like the pieces just didn’t fit. Maybe it’s the same way with learning about the many facets of the internet. Things simply don’t make sense at first, but with lots of practice – and some help along the way – they will start to click. And one day it will all make sense and you won’t even remember that it was confusing to begin with.

Maybe this is just what learning is like – whether you are learning to ski, send an email, or fly a plane (not that I have any experience with that). When I finish conquering social media, I’ll move on to something else and the frustration will begin again. But it’s all worth it in the end to have that new skill and to remember back to a time when it was so foreign and think about how far you’ve come.

What skills are you working on? Is it going smoothly, or are you having troubles too? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

And if you’re a high school senior or college student check out my other blog for some lighthearted college tips (this site also links to my Twitter and possibly other social media sites in the future)

I hope you all have a wonderful day and remember that if you’re struggling to learn something new, soon enough you will forget that it was ever hard.


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