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?"
At the mall, I saw an older woman with a home phone clipped to her pants.
My mom, after years of refusing to learn how to turn on our TV and surround sound, finally asked me to write everything down for her. I included a step that said, "shake the remote at least 100 times in order to charge." I came home from school several months later and she still hadn't realized that step was a joke.
Dave Powell, Louisiana College
My mom deletes what people write on her Facebook wall at the end of the day to "make room for more the next day."
Lynn Donaldson, University of Texas
My dad came to me saying he was gonna buy the new version of Windows, because it enabled touch screen. I had to explain to him that installing it just wouldn't turn his 5-year old CRT monitor into a "touchy" screen.
My mom just sent me an email saying, "My email isn't working I don't think.. call me when you get this."
My mother keeps unplugging my USB hub so she can plug her thumb drive in.
A few Thursdays ago, I called my mom and asked her to record the latest episode of the office. I later came home and found my video camera filming the TV.
While my status is "away" and my screen name is prefixed with "Sleeping," my dad will say hi to me and start explaining many things and asking several questions on MSN at 6 in the morning. He will eventually say "hello?", "are you there?", and "are you getting my instant e-mails?" over and over, expecting me to reply.
Rob Frost, University of Toronto
My high school driver's ed. teacher tried to show us what a license plate looked like by projecting it up on the wall with the overhead projector. He was completely baffled as to why a huge black shadow was projected on the wall instead of the license plate.
I went on my parents computer and changed the cursor to that animated drum and they thought they got a virus.
Jordan B, UWM