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?"
Brian C, Northeastern
My mom just made a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
My grandma always reminds me to turn my GPS off a few blocks before I get home "so that the man giving me directions doesn't know where I live."
Whenever my mom doesn't feel like answering the phone and lets the machine get it, she makes everyone be really really quiet because she thinks that the person calling can hear us while they're leaving a message.
My co-worker yesterday was explaining something to me on paper when his lead broke in his mechanical pencil. He then proceeded to take the eraser out to get out a new lead so he could put the lead in the pencil through the tip. I told him he could just keeping clicking the pencil to get a new lead. He couldn't believe it. He then began to ask if cheap mechanical pencils did the same thing.
We have been trying to get my grandparents to get email for some time now. I've been studying abroad for the past semester and just a received a posted letter from my grandparents to inform me that they have email now, instead of just emailing me themselves.
Travis Miller, College International de Cannes
My mom got a digital picture frame for her birthday. After it was set up, my dad set it on the piano, pulled up a chair, and watched it like a TV for over half an hour.
At work one day I was sitting at my desk when a bigwig came to my desk and asked if I would look up some directions for him. After I typed in the addresses I move over the ending address so he could see the turns better. After looking at the map for a second and realizing he still couldn't see the turns very well he asked me to "google in"
He meant zoom in. After I zoomed in too far he gave me an all too confident "google out". I felt ashamed.
Matt L, LeTourneau University
My boss thinks that Google is slang for find. Just this week, I've heard him tell our interns to google old documents in our file cabinets, google meeting minutes saved on our server, and google some sugar packets for the coffee bar.
Melissa Fleissner, American University
My friends thought it would be funny to change my away message while I was in class to "I can't talk. I'm beating off to midget porn." I came back and saw I had an IM from my mom who doesn't understand away messages. So now my mom thinks that I was actually too busy masturbating to midget porn to talk to her.
Rich M, gettysburg