Do your parents not understand technology? Do they ask you stupid questions? Do they sendyou absurd text messages? Do they even know what a text message is?

If you've got an example of your Parents Just Don't Understanding, send it to parentsjustdontunderstand (at) And, hey, if we publish it, send your parents a link. They probably won't understand what it is.
Because they're stupid.

I walked in on my mother and father with their new cell phone pressed against a radio playing some terrible Bette Midler song. I asked what they were doing. They replied, simply, "Trying to get a new ring tone."
From Justin, Lock Haven University

I set up a gmail account for my dad and he was reading the gmail tutorial thing. After a while he asks, "What is this, 'Sunday night is movie night?' I can watch movies on gmail on Sundays?"
He was reading a sample email with the subject, "Sunday is movie night"
From Albert C

My Italian teacher couldn't understand why she couldn't get a video going in class. I went up to the laptop and saw that she'd enter
From Marty, Fenwick

I recently taught my dad how to use eBay. As I was leaving the house, he said that he was going to go bid. Instead of refreshing the page, he opened a new window and went back to the auction to see if he was still the top bidder and the time remaining. By the end, there were 96 open windows. He didn't win the auction.
From Leo, NYU

I told my mom I wanted a Sirius radio for my birthday. She responds, "A serious radio… How big is that going to be?!"
From JJ, IUP

My mom likes to chat with me on MSN messenger. She likes to chat a lot. Finally I decided to try something:
My Mom: Morgan r u still online?
Me: No.
My Mom: o, ok.
From Morgan