I used to consider myself pretty savvy when it came to electronic gadgets, but no more. Case in point, this morning I was having some trouble with my new iPod Nano and could not figure out what I was doing wrong. So I ended up calling my d-i-l for help. She gave me a suggestion (which didn't work, but it set me on the right path and I did eventually figure out what I was doing wrong.) still, I was rather frustrated. At one time, I'd have flipped open a manual and read through it to figure things out, but no more. Now we have "help" screens.
I hate that. Yes, the entire manual is there. Yes, you can "flip" through it and read it. But it's not the same. In the past, when I got a new gadget, one of the first things I did was open the manual and read it. (Yes, I'm one of *those* people.) I love manuals. I love paging through them and finding new nuggets of information. I love being able to solve things on my own. Now I have to figure out what I don't know so I can enter the question in the "search" box. Half the time, I don't know what I don't know so I ask the wrong question - or the search engine comes up with stuff that isn't even close to what I need.
Yes, I know online manuals are better for the environment. They are more available, supposedly easier to use, and save the cost of printing, paper, shipping, etc. And I do try to be as green as possible in my consumer driven life so I know they are better all around.
But I miss my manuals.