Post # 1
My mom recently got a texting plan for her phone. Before she had to pay for each text and would never use it. Now that she is texting, she thinks that she can make up her own abbreviations for everything and I will know what she is talking about. She doesn’t use the normal ones like “idk” or “lol”. She takes random letters out of words to make them shorter. She just sent me this:
“Probly due 2 work ate spec k felt btr mis u”.
Another classic: “I’m lvg now” (leaving) And “I thot Daniel Tosh was gay”
My favorite:”Btw u were rite re my denim shorts not 4 public view”
I’ve also had to teach her repeatedly how to put pictures on FB. And how to change the ring on her phone. And how to unlock her phone. The other day I heard her on the phone with her bank because she couldn’t figure out how to sign on to their website.
Anyone else have technology challenged parents?
Post # 3
@DaniSue13: Oh, I just have to giggle at this post. It reminds me so much of my grandmother (who is practically my mother anyways). There’s a whole different age difference I’m sure, but my mother is still fairly young (43, I’m 23) She doesn’t even know how to answer her cell phone sometimes. She doesn’t understand the concept of a flip phone – when it rings, you just flip it up and answer. She hits buttons and it always hangs up on you some way or another. It’s totally cute, yet annoying at the same time.
Another thing she does it that she’ll answer her cell phone without looking at the number calling as well. Half the time it’s people she doesn’t know (cell phone is for emergency) because not many people have that number.
She still doesn’t know how to check voicemails either.
As for the computer? She knows how to use g-mail and gsn.com to play games.
I tried to set up her bank account on-line because she wanted to be able to see what went through, etc. Well, she messed that all up. Hahaha.
I love her, but she should really stick to the basics.
Post # 4
I’ll bet she taught you how to tie your shoes, put on your own clothes, count and do the alphabet etc etc etc.
It’s not the least bit surprising to me that your mom’s generation talkes longer to adapt to new technology. I remember my Mom telling me that her biggest fear in learning how to use a computer was that she thought that she could erase the whole knowledge of mankind if she pressed the wrong keys.
We grew up with technology so it’s not at all surprising that we are not fazed by it.
Post # 5
@DaniSue13: Mom yes, Dad no. Dad works for a very large software company so he has to keep up with technology, thankfully.
Post # 6
haha!!! Your mom is SO CUTE!
My mom is ok, mostly. It’s my dad with the issues. Like you, my parents got a plan with texting.
He kept asking me and my brother “Are you guys on the texting?”
I’m like “yes dad, I am ON the texting!” Like being on the internet or something? he’s so weird. and always types “LOVE DAD” at the end of every text, just in case i don’t recognize his phone number (OR NAME) when it appears on my phone.
Post # 7
My dad is great with techology, and my mom isn’t bad, but FI’s parents are terrible! I hope I am able to keep up with the times when I am older!
My grandmother, who is 74, set up her own new computer and even Skype all by herself! I think a lot of the older generation’s fear of technology is what actually holds them back. Once they realize that they CAN do it, they tend to get more confident and better at using it. 🙂
Post # 8
@julies1949 – Of course you are right, our parents didn’t grow up with technology so they aren’t as used to it as we are. I like that my mom isn’t afraid to try new technology even though it confuses her, my dad has never even had a cell phone and probably never will!
Post # 9
I am 37 so I grew up learning computers (started out with the computers that used cassette tapes for storage on up)
I remember my dad saying he would never get a computer! My parents had a personal computer before I did. Though it drives me mad, when they call me to fix their computer. I am far from an IT person, but I am their go to person when they have issues. Right now they really really need a new computer the one they have is so slow!
Post # 10
My mom is a computer tech so she knows like everything with computers. My dad, on the other hand, up until recently, didn’t even know how to access his inbox. It’s really funny.
Post # 11
Ah, I love this post! Yesterday, my mother called me on her home phone all frantic because she had watched a news program that told her it was dangerous not to lock your cell phone. We both got the same kind of sparkly new phone recently and she has no idea how to use it. It has this lock where you draw a pattern to unlock it… but she forgot the pattern two seconds after she drew it! After several failed attempts to open her phone, it said she was locked out unless she could provide a password she made up when she got her phone a couple months ago. No idea what this could be. She was almost in tears, but could not stop laughing at herself at the same time! Had to call the phone company and they figured it out eventually.
I wasn’t much help. I felt bad for it, but she was laughing with me so it’s okay? It’s awesome when parents do this sort of thing! I just want to give them a big hug and be like, “there, there. It’s okay.” My mother was ranting about how she remembers when the internet was invented and now it’s on this crazy space-phone that locked her out..! 🙂
Post # 12
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@.twist.: LOL. This is what my Future Father-In-Law does when he texts – “Love Dad”
Post # 13
@sunny1 – LOL! My mom had a similar experience a few years ago. This was an older cell phone, it wasn’t a flip or a touchscreen. She was always accidentally dialing people when it was in her purse, so I locked it for her. She calls me the next day from the house phone saying she can’t get her phone unlocked. The screen said press *unlock to unlock the phone. She could not figure out that to push unlock she had to push the little button on the key pad right underneath where it said unlock on the screen, and it was hard for me to explain it to her over the phone!
Post # 14
At least her abbreviations make some kind of sense, as in they’re still legible. I look at some of the entries on Failbook where angsty teens are typing in all caps, adding extra letters and completely bastardizing the spelling of every single word and it makes me weep for the future.
Post # 15
Let’s be fair: my brother (who is ten years older than I am, and I am no spring chicken) is the free-lance computer trouble-shooter for his entire town and environs of several thousand people; and both Steve Jobs (remember him?) and Tim Berners-Lee (one of the best candidates for the title of “inventor of the internet”) are fifty-seven. Most of the people who invented the digital age are older than most of your parents.
On the flip side, I’ve had the joy of trying to teach a few high-school students how to produce a properly formatted electronic document for publishing. Despite having grown up with a mouse in their hand, their assumption that they already know everything there is to know about computers tends to get into the way of them listening to the difference between a paragraph style and a character style, especially when they’re hearing about it from a little old lady older than their grandma. There are plenty of “computer-savvy” youngsters whose savviness runs no more than skin deep.
Needless to say, when Aloysius and I chat on the subject of generational differences in computer literacy, its youngsters-and-technology that inspire the bulk of our frustration; followed rapidly by popular traditional-media figures on TV and radio, who seem to feel that technical incompetence is a charming old-world trait that they should boast about. While I’ve never been fond of stereotyping or arrogance, those last guys are actively promoting incompetence, and that’s far worse.
Post # 16
The only thing my mother has ever texted is “ok”
Then she got so excited that she called immediately after to ask if I’m proud of her for texting.
Now she’s pissed because she can’t remember how she did it.