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 mother once tried to confiscate my laptop because she found what she thought was "(P)or(n)o(g)raphy." It was an image of a star saved as a .png file.
My stepmom got a new blackberry and needed to log on to check her email. She started taking the case off of her blackberry, and when my dad asked what what she was doing, she said, "The log-in screen says that it's case sensitive."
Yesterday my mom asked me to hand her the phone book so she could look up a company's website address.
Ashley, Stockton College, NJ
My 73 year-old boss uses two hands when using a mouse. One hand to move it, the other to click.
Kyle A., University of Minnesota
The other day, I was jogging with my iPod attached to my arm. I decided to change the current song and when I reached for the iPod, an old man watering his lawn yelled at me, "Yea, but how do you know it's accurate?"
David McKinney, Benedictine University
My parents are convinced that every time I buy something off the Internet they are paying for it because it gets charged to their Internet bill, regardless of the fact that their bill is the same every month.
Kyle A, University of Minnesota
My boss is throwing a fit because AOL just disconnected our office email accounts when they found out we were a business using a "family" account. Yes, all 11 of us in the office had a separate AOL "child" account.
Last week my mom was on the computer and she told me they were building a new Disneyland theme park in New York. It's going to have all the rides from Disneyland and World in one park. She said they're about 60% done building it. She added that it took them the whole day to build "Main Street". Suspicious, I looked to she what website she was actually on. Turns out she was on a Roller Coaster Tycoon forum.
Chris Constantine, ILIS
This week we have a special Parents Just D Oh My God This Is Depressing:
I live in California and my mom lives in Massachusetts, so I know when I get a call from her past 11pm my time that she's been drinking. A couple months ago she called me past 11pm and was very upset that she couldn't download the song she wanted. After 10 minutes of listening to my drunk mother while I'm trying to diagnose the problem she's having online I figure out she's not at home, instead she's at a bar angry that the jukebox doesn't have her song. The song? Mad World by Adam Lambert
which he performed on American Idol the previous night.
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