Do your parents not understand technology? Do they ask you stupid questions? Do they send you absurd text messages? If you’ve got an example of your Parents Just Dont Understanding, submit it here!
And thank God well never be as dumb as they are!
I work at a Starbucks and we constantly get older people that want to use the internet. For some reason we always get bugged with the same problem that they can’t connect. These are the 3 main reasons why:
1. They never turned their wifi on.
2. They never connected to the network.
3. They say, “I need google to log on, but the internet isn’t showing google.”
Oddly enough, these same people always come back and always have the same problems.
Mark Diaz from UNE
I just finished a year long project transferring all my parents’ home movies of my childhood from Hi8 and VHS to digital format. The most tedious part? Removing the first ten to twenty seconds of EVERY scene: Lens cap coming off, camera shakily pointing at floor or ceiling, and my parents having a discussion about whether or not it was recording already. Literally 6 to 7 times an hour, over 70 hours of home movies, spanning 20+ years.
I work in a restaurant and during lunch last week there was a patron with a Kindle. As we know, the screensaver on a Kindle is usually a famous author. My techno-phobe boss goes up to his table and asks, “Oh, is that a picture of your mom?” No sir, it’s Charlotte Bronte.
Charlotte Hyland from UMass Lowell
My mom has trouble with all the options on Word. When I help her create a graphic or an organization chart, she thinks I’m a pro because the lines are “all straight, organized and pretty.”
When my mom’s driving, she doesn’t trust the gps on my droid because “it’s unreliable.” Instead she has to go on Google Maps on the laptop beforehand and hand write on a piece of paper all the directions to where she wants to go. No matter how much I have tried to convince her that the directions on my phone are just as good she says “the computer is smarter.” My phone uses Google Maps.
You’d think that my dad would have filled out some memos and requisition forms and such in his career as an engineer, but every email he sends has the subject of “Dad.” Just “Dad”.
Dave S. from Whatsamata U.
I just found my mom checking for highway closure from storm damage with google street view.
My mum spends hours talking to her work friends on facebook, the other day whilst typing away she paused and exclaimed ‘I DON’T BELIEVE IT’, and so I enquired what, and for a while she just acted angry and slightly crazed. Finally she told me why she was so annoyed, it turned out in her message inbox there wasn’t an option to delete anything and that someone had obviously been on ‘her page’ and changed the settings so that she couldn’t delete anything on facebook anymore. She continued to talk in this paranoid way and also decided that this was due to her being hacked by my brothers friends ‘because they are always on their computers while they are here’.
Needless to say it took a lot of convincing to make her believe that facebook didn’t have a magic setting that she couldn’t find, ‘where she could tick that she didn’t want to be able to delete messages’. It was just a minor error on facebook that lasted less than 10 minutes, I don’t think that she ever really believed me, though.
D B from York
My mom has the iPhone 4, while I just have the 3g (#firstworldproblems) anyway, The other day my mom asked me to send her a picture of myself, because she misses me. I told her I would but it’s annoying to have to turn the phone around and take a picture when I can’t see what I’m taking a picture of. She then told me that there was this great, “vanity mirror app” and I should just get that, and take a picture that way, because that is how she did it. I tried explaining to her that my phone doesn’t have a front facing camera, but she insisted that it wasnt a camera, but a mirror. Yes, she thought the app actually turned the phone into a legit mirror.
Brian Kluger from Ithaca College
Without fail, every time my grandma uses her cell phone she opens it up and checks for a dial tone.
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