My dad, who has a degree in education and works as a career counselor at a local college, will not properly use bold, italics, or underlining when writing email messages. Instead, he INSISTS on CAPITALIZING certain words for EMPHASIS throughout his WHOLE MESSAGE.
Parents, teachers, bosses, and the general old people population are terrible with technology.
Mother on BBM
Last summer I got a blackberry literally because my 2 best friends at different universities and my mum have them, and figured it'd be cheaper to bbm them rather than texting all the time. I'd only had it a couple months when I realised my mum (who'd had hers for approx a year by that time) still texted me. I explained to her the wonders of bbm, but she didn't get it. It took me about 3 weeks of talking her through it to get her to figure out how to access bbm on her phone instead of texting me. Unfortunately this then lead to her texting me after EVERY bbm to ask if I've received the bbm. It was at this time at BBM went down for a period of 6 days last winter. Over the course of that week I kept receiving texts asking me if I'd received her bbm, without actually telling me what was in the message, and no matter how much explaining that the whole system had gone down I did, she didn't seem to understand that. It was a painful 2 weeks until the system rebooted of constantly getting into arguments about me ignoring her/explaining that I hadn't actually received the message. Now if I don't respond immediately to her messages I get a phonecall asking me if the system has failed again. Although mine go unanswered for days at a time...
Nej Steer |
My girlfriend was creating a report and created a different word document for each section. When she realized that she needed to include page numbers, instead of combining them into one document she proceeded to print out 96 pages with only the page numbers on them. Then, insert the pages back into the printer and print each document on top of them.
I work at a furniture store, and sometimes I'm asked to ride shotgun on one of the delivery trucks. The driver is in his 50's and a bit eccentric. Each truck has a flip-open cell phone to communicate with the store, and this driver is often worried he's missed a call. But instead of looking for the little envelope icon to indicate a missed message, he insists on opening the... Read More » phone and starting to dial a number just so he can listen for the "message waiting" beep. Or better yet, often he will call the store to see if they called us, just in case.
My dad has had an iPhone for quite some time now. No matter how many times that I tell him otherwise, he thinks he can only use safari on it if he turns his personal hotspot on. He also thinks that turning it on will somehow boost his signal. He even has my stepmom log into his hotspot to use the Internet even though she too has an iPhone and hey have a shared data plan.
Ian Ostby |
So I'm teaching my mom how to use email on her computer. So she's sitting in the desk chair and I'm standing over her shoulder. I say, "Ok, so turn on the computer". She goes, "Hold on." She then stands up, goes to get pencil and paper and proceeds to write down "Turn computer on". I say, "You did not just write that, did you?"
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