Someone in the live chat room recently asked how they can convince a relative to stop using Internet Explorer. The answer is that you really can’t — and you shouldn’t. They use what they use because they like it. It’s a matter of personal preference, folks. How would you like it if someone told you you need to stop using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari? You’d not be a very happy camper.
If they aren’t happy and are looking for suggestions, then go ahead and give them your ideas. When you try to convince someone to change — whether it’s Web browsers or even religions — you’re superimposing your experiences onto them. You’re forcing your own opinions and perspectives on someone’s life.
If they’re using IE for all the wrong reasons (such as using a very old version), that’s a bad reason. Explain to them why it may not be safe. It may work well and look good to them, but it isn’t safe. Tell them the dangers, and help them understand why they should upgrade or look at a different browser.
If you are going to insist on trying to get someone to change, don’t simply say something is better or faster. You will never win them over. Point out specific features you feel they would appreciate and need that they cannot get in the browser they are using now. The same can hold true if you are talking about phones, gadgets, or computers.
Show them something they will be able to do outside of the limitations of what they have now. Ask them what they want their browser (or anything) to do, then show them what fits best with their needs — even if it is Internet Explorer.
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