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 has a Facebook, but has no idea how to post on her friends' walls. In her attempts to do so, she has put the message into her status ("Cindy is did you get that email?"), and posted a "note" on her own wall. Somehow she managed to put up a profile picture
of my friend and me. And anytime she does anything else on there, she needs to call to ask me how to do it.
Stacey P, CSS
My mother has recently discovered YouTube and after she loads and watches a video, or as she refers, "charges" a video, she will reload the page instead of hitting the replay button, so the video will "re-charge" and she can watch it again.
Jordan B, University of Calgary
My mom refers to gmail as 'googamail.'
Kristine P, Coastal Carolina
My mom called me to tell me that she was going to email me some pictures. I said "you know how to do that?" and she said "No." So I began explaining step by step in what I thought was a very simple process. She said "Ok, I think I got it." A few minutes later she called me back and said "Go look on your computer! I sent them." When I opened the email it said "I figured it out!!! YEAAAHH!!!!" and that was the only email content- no pictures.
My grandma cannot grasp the functional purpose of a thermostat. She cranks it up when its cold, then proceeds to regulate the heat by opening and closing the windows.
My aunt bought a new cell phone, but couldn't figure out how to get rid of some writing that appeared on the screen. It would never go away and would cover any other text. After listening to her complain for a half hour about how the Verizon store people couldn't help her. I asked to see her phone and peeled the protective sticker with the writing on it off.
Phylicia Dolcy, University of Rochester
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