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?"
If you've got an example of your Parents Just Don't Understanding, submit it here!
And thank God we'll never be as dumb as they are!


Whenever I come home, my mom begs me to show her one more time how to change the lead in her only mechanical pencil.
Kel Green

My grandmother e-mailed my dad, asking him to proofread a letter she had written and mail her a printed copy, because her printer wasn't working. It turns out, she wanted the printed copy so she could re-type the letter and send it as an e-mail to our whole family. After an hour-long phone conversation in which my dad and I tried to explain the concepts of spellcheck and copy and paste, my dad just did what she asked. A few days later, we both received the e-mail he had proofread. There were a lot of typos in it.
Angela M. from Ryerson University

My friend's mom bought a new 1mb jumpstick for each of the 20 pictures she took at a church event because, "If I put two on one stick, won't it just erase the first one since it only says 1mb?"
Nancy Nicks from FWBHS

Today, my Super Mario stocking that I ordered online came in the mail. I showed my mom, who replied, "Look, it's Mario!" and then began humming the chocobo theme from Final Fantasy.
Claire F.

My grandma complained about commercials always having a website. "I don't see why so many commercials are giving 'dot coms' instead of phone numbers. Why do they think everyone has a dot com?"
Ryan Morris

My grandparents couldn't fly to my college graduation, but the school did a live online streaming of the event. My mother gave meticulous step-by-step instructions starting with "connect to the internet" (because my grandparents STILL have dial-up. In 2010). The next time I visited, my grandparents excitedly told me all about how the internet let them watch me walk across the stage. My grandmother piped up "Oh! And I got a screenshot, because I couldn't be there in person to take pictures!" Duly shocked and impressed, I congratulated her. She then reached into her purse and pulled out a Polaroid picture of her computer screen.
Chris C.

About a month ago my grandmother told me she got this funny email that she wanted to forward me. Today I got it. She had printed it out, written "Hope you like it!" in blue pen across the top, and mailed it in an envelope. All the previous email addresses of the forward were still on it along with all the >>>> marks along the side. It was a 6-step instruction joke on how a dog would give a cat a bath. I love her so.
The good granddaughter

My mother called me to ask how to pay at the pump at a gas station using a debit card. After five minutes of trying to explain the process to her I heard someone laughing in the background. A gas station attendant had come out to help and realized that she had been putting the card in the receipt dispenser.
Andrew H

Perusing the course listings for my college, I come across a class called "Introduction to the internet". Normally this wouldn't surprise me, considering our college has everything from 18 year olds to people old enough to be my grandfather. The thing that caught my eye was that it was an iCampus class – Online only. Uh, what?
Colin Gaynor from Joliet Junior College

Back when my mother had dial-up, there was a problem with her computer and she couldn't log off, so the phone line was tied up. I get a call from her cell phone (or as she called it, the car phone) asking what to do. I asked her to tell me what the screen on the computer said, and she said, "I don't know, I am in the car" – she thought the cell phone only worked when you were in the car.
Sarah S



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