Do your parents not understand technology? Do they ask you stupid questions? Do they send you absurd text messages? Do they use words like "MyFace,""SpaceBook,"or "The World Wide Web?"
My mom does not know the difference between iTunes and YouTube so she just calls both of them "uTunes."
John Hacker, University of Michigan
I made the mistake of trying to explain Wikipedia to my grandmother. She's now convinced that anybody can modify any website at will, and she won't use Weather.com anymore because she's worried that vandals will change the temperature on her.
My mom calls my pictures on Facebook my "Facebook faces."
My dad has sort of an obsessive personality so he'll get really into something for a while before moving on to something else. Well, when my dad learned the wonders of burning compilation cds on the computer, he went buckwild. He would make different "sets" of compilations and have 12-20 different discs in each set. Now here's where he doesn't understand. As he's burning dozens of cds, he thinks that, for some reason, the cd-rs are inherently dirty and he must clean them. So after each cd comes hot off the burner, he'd take a washcloth and rub the shit out of the bottom of the cd before storing it into one of those 500 capacity cd cases. Oh, to his surprise when dozens of his newly burned (and printer-sticker labeled) wouldn't play in a cd player. So sad.
Chaz Rogers, UW
Whenever the fan in the computer gets loud my grandma gets worried because the computer is starting to get angry.
During an attempt to Skype with my parents for the sake of saving money, I ended up spending almost half an hour in long distance minutes on my cell trouble shooting for them until we finally connected. After we finished our conversation, I checked my email, only to discover that they'd each sent me 4 or 5 emails, plus two facebook messages, telling me to immediately answer their Skype calls.
Laura P, University of Western Ontario
I caught my father on google the other day typing in "show me snow machines". I later found out that he starts any and all searches with the words "show me", or "I want to see".
My parents went out of town for a week and my grandparents drove up to stay at the house with my younger sisters. During the stay so far, my grandfather tried to use the cell phone as a mouse for the family laptop, my nana complained that she always thinks she hears cell phones ringing, admitted that it's probably something off of the tv, and has blamed the cell phones' quietness on the fact that they weren't wall phones.
Jessica Judd, SNHU
My dad will type things like "pictures of Lauren Graham naked" into his browser's Google search toolbar and then forget to delete them so that I find them later when he asks me for help with a computer problem.
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