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?"
The other day my mom was telling me her e-mail address: Capital "J", lower case "a," lower case "n," lower case "e." Line-on-the-bottom. Then Capital "S," lower case "m"
. and it continued like this until she finally heard the sound of my muffled laughter on the other end of the phone.
You Can Call Me Nannerpuss, Chapman University
I bought my mom a new laptop for her birthday. As I'm showing it to her I explained that she needed a power outlet converter because the cord has the ground plug while none of her outlets have the ground inlet. At this point she stops and looks really confused. When I asked what was wrong she said, "Why do I have to plug it in. I thought it was wireless." I explained that the wireless part is for the internet, but she needs to plug it in for power and to charge her battery. Her response: "So, what's the difference between the internet and power?"
Scott H, Ohio State
My mom thinks printing out website pages is "downloading them."
Amy Kowell, Fredonia
While my grandpa went online to manage his bank account, there was a box that read "sign here." He either scrolled down the screen a few times or there was more than one box
his name and initials were written about three different times on the monitor. In ink.
Lauren P, Duquesne University
My grandfather plays me long songs on his harmonica on my voicemail once or twice a week. He always starts by saying, "It's your grandfather," and telling me his full name. He then plays the harmonica for 2-3 minutes, and at the end leaves his phone number, which I already have, and says "Okay. That's the end. Bye bye." Every time. He does this to the rest of my family too.
When my dad tries to do anything on the computer (i.e. download something, save something, open a web browser) and it doesn't work, because he is doing it wrong, he says that "the computer lied to him."
My dad and his girlfriend still insist that you are charged by the minute for text messages. She tells me, "You know, if I could just learn to type faster, then my minutes wouldn't go so quickly. They charge you a lot for that!"
My dad works from home, and often needs to receive updated blueprints. His office has now given him 2 different computers which I set up, and he refuses to turn on. Instead of including him on emails, they have to print their emails and fax them to him.In an odd twist the younger interns in the office had to spend 8 hours on a training day to learn to use a fax machine.
Josh, Art Institute of Pittsburgh
My mom just walked in and asked if I had ever "astleyed" someone. I think she meant rickrolled.
David G, UCLA