Monthly Archives: July 2015

Parents vs. Computers

It’s a well known fact that a lot of people around my age and younger suffer from one common problem. It’s that frustrating time that leads to horrible, unspeakable and non forgettable events. What start’s this new phenomenon? It’s pretty simple. It starts the moment our parents decide to get a new computer or smartphone. I’m pretty sure at least 80% of you out there know exactly what I mean.

We all know what happens when that decision is made…we get called in! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind helping, but it’s that slight disconnect between our two worlds that cause the big issues. It’s the computer lingo that we just understand, even if we’ve never heard them before. Our experience allows even the laziest of terms to be absorbed and understood. 

I’m not going into a lot of the specifics of the arguments that my (lovely) mother and myself have had over her many computer and smartphone woes, but I will give you an example of how they ALWAYS ends. 

Mom: “I’m sorry, but I don’t know anything about these things!”

Me: “Then stop trying to use them!”

I know…I’m pretty helpful.

At the end of the day, I need to remind myself that these people that we call our parents weren’t around these devices for the majority of their lives and there are things that I ‘ll have to full-out explain, probably more than once, no matter how impatient I tend to be. Oh and laughing at some of their responses probably isn’t the best solution either….no matter how ridiculous and freak’n hilarious they sound! 

I came across this Amy Schumer sketch and wanted to share it, because let’s face it; we’ve all been there. I showed my mother while she was actually at my place (I couldn’t send it to her because she wouldn’t have been able to open it) and her reaction was priceless. At one time she said, “Ahhh, I had that issue too!”. Please note, that she was agreeing with the mother in the sketch. 

I also wanted to add that my mother in law recently got a new computer and actually purchased the additional tech support….bless you; you wonderful and wise woman.

This post is all in good fun, so hopefully my mom isn’t too embarrassed by it. Luckily, she thought it was funny when my then, 1.5 year old, figured out how to answer her new smartphone… WAY before she did. 😉