There’s something about parents and technology that makes me LMAO and thank God I was born in the Internet generation. I have to hand it to my mom and many other Boomers I know—most older adults have risen to the challenge. They’ve embraced the World Wide Web with open arms, they sling Internet slang with the best of them, they post the appropriate emoticons on the right Facebook statuses.
But there are still a few people who just don’t get it. Some people view technology as a foreign language they will never learn. Some people still think that the Internet is magic and can answer any question you dream up, like an Ask Jeeves Genie in a bottle. I’d like to say that I am far above this mindset as a full-time writer and blogger, but my husband still laughs at me because I make stupid technology mistakes just like the rest of them.
I can always comfort myself by knowing that I am not as technology-illiterate as these 10 clueless parents:
1. This CD Is So BORING.
I once gave my mom a cd, and she told me all the songs sounded the same. I then found that her cd player was on track repeat.
2. Better Rewind My Internet Search History.
My mom can get on the internet for hours at a time, but when she’s done, she backs out of it – clicks to go back one page, over and over, until she’s back at her Yahoo mail start page. I’ve told her she doesn’t have to do that but she insists on it.
3. Where Do I Find The Google?
My Mother searches “Google” on bing to get to Googles home page so she can search for something.
4. I Also Invented The Google.
For a long time after I introduced my father to gmail, he thought that I had invented it, because my name starts with g.
5. Computers These Days Are So CHEAP.
My mom bought a monitor and a usb flash drive, and expected it to be a fully functionally computer.
6. Phones These Days Are So HIGH-TECH.
My Dad picked up his own TV remote control off his coffee table and asked me if it was my new phone.
7. Rookie Audiobook Mistake.
My parents were on a road trip going from Texas to Canada listening to an audiobook on a CD. After about 14 hours, my mom got embarrassed and confessed to my dad that she had no idea what was going on in the book, since some characters had seemingly come back from the dead without explanation. My dad, also embarrassed, had been unwilling to admit he had no idea what was going on either. They arrived at the hotel and went to sleep. The next day, they discovered the CD player was on shuffle, and had been listening to the chapters out of order.
8. Electronic Signatures Are Confusing, I’ll Give You That.
Helping my mom fill out a form on the computer. She nearly gave her signature with an actual pen. I intervened.
9. iPhone Cameras Aren’t As User-Friendly As They Seem.
My 59 year old mom tried to take a picture on my iPhone by placing her eye directly over the lens on the back of the phone (like an old school camera). She was blinded momentarily.
10. DON’T BREAK THE INTERNET!
My mother only uses the computer 10 minutes at a time because she thinks if it is on any longer it will catch a virus/overheat.