Parents with technology

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by ComeTurismO, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. ComeTurismO

    ComeTurismO CTO

    Sep 18, 2011
    4:54 PM
    It's kind of hilarious, seeing some parents interact with computers, or any other device. What are some things you find annoying of your parents using with the internet, or whatever device?
    My mom when she types - "www."
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  2. DinohScene

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    Oct 11, 2011
    В небо
    Me parents are hippies.
    Well, still stuck in the 60's yet me mum goes along with an old Iphone (few games) laptop (few online games) and me dad gets along with computer technology (general interest in keeping the system healthy and trying out different converting software, along with photo editing (very basic) and making video's from old VHS tapes.

    Me mum is a disaster when an error pops up and me dad usually fixes it 9/10 times.
    Or they both slide it to me and I have to fix it.
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  3. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

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  4. EzekielRage

    EzekielRage Hero of the Void

    Aug 21, 2012
    The Void
    I am 29, my mom is turning 50 soon and while i dont have kids, I COULD have kids old enough to post here (and I am sure some here are young enough to be my kids) and yet, my mom is not bad with tech stuff, so i have no funny stories about that. but my uncle once tried to lift the mouse up because he wante the cursor to move up. true story...
  5. Vengenceonu

    Vengenceonu Revenge is beneath me but accidents do happen.

    Jun 20, 2013
    United States
    The C Standard Library

    Lol this is me and so much more. My mother is literally cripple when it comes to technology. she uses a flip phone, and everytime you teach her something she forgets it the next second. Today she was asking me how to turn on the computer and i was like :wtf:.... the power button. Then she always does this "Rahh rahh shit about how we dont want to teach her... blah blah blah". Hell even if u try to leave her she screams so you have to search for whatever the hell she needs with her:hateit: . So for 40+ minI have to restrain myself from doing this:

    Or This: skip to 7:17

  6. Zorua

    Zorua I'm not a furry.

    Oct 11, 2011
    United States
    My parents are fine with technology, however my father thinks he knows more than he really does. One time when he was trying to bridge our routers, they literally ended up exploding an hour later. That was 2 years ago, and I've been doing most of that now so lol.
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  7. LoloLakitu

    LoloLakitu Shwowow Schogog

    Jul 26, 2012
    That new rad hangout.
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  8. spinal_cord

    spinal_cord Knows his stuff

    Jul 21, 2007

    Actually is sometimes is, not all website/browser combinations will redirect you to the "www." version of the site.
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  9. Xarsah16

    Xarsah16 GBATemp's Official Village Dingus/Idiot

    Oct 6, 2007
    Dad usually figures out everything for himself - but my mom is the type of person Vengenceonu mentioned - today she asked me "I'm on Laura Ingraham's website, why am I not getting her updates?"

    My reaction... >.>

    "because you're staring at your facebook wall, and not your newsfeed where her statuses should pop up? also, her website is different from her facebook profile?" I also get frustrated with her when she says she "needs to download the webpage" because she's trying to print something and printing is different than downloading!

    She wonders why I never want to help her with setting up her iPod and such. It's because I tell her once, and she just goes off to clean the house or rearrange something in the home office instead of listening to what I have to tell her. She's not willing to just figure it out for herself...

    I've even had to sort of lie >.< I'm pretty damn sure I could work a blackberry even though I've never used one. Mom kept asking me "how do you do this? How do you do that?" and I'd tell her, hey, I have an android, I don't know.

    "Well do it. Fix it."

    "No, it's your phone."

    She's so technologically stupid. >.< (Politically stupid too.) [/rant]
  10. omgpwn666

    omgpwn666 Guy gamer and proud!

    Jun 14, 2008
    United States
    That is such a rare occurrence, but I've had it happen before.
  11. Vengenceonu

    Vengenceonu Revenge is beneath me but accidents do happen.

    Jun 20, 2013
    United States
    The C Standard Library

    Lol dont even get me started on printing, scanning, or anything else besides typing because she might as well be Amish when it comes to them. My step dad, figures it out for himself like your dad. If he doesnt, he'll ask me and thats the end of it. My mom though... dont get me wrong, =_= i love her to death but theres a thin line between I forgot and borderline technological retardation.

    As for helping your mom set up her ipod, we bought her a shuffle years ago and that was to hard for her. -.- she still uses cd's in her stereo or listens to a radio station. One time i got tired of her shit and slyly turned the wifi off so the web page wouldnt load up and told her "I think its down today, try again tommorow".
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  12. Langin

    Langin HI! ^O^

    Jul 29, 2008
    The Hague
    Actually my parents are doing really good until now. They need my nerd assistance sometimes but they can a lot themselves, when I am living on my own I think they can save themselves.

    They still do oldschool things like 'www.', type and then search instead of using a searchbar, etc. but it's okay.
  13. LDAsh

    LDAsh Advanced Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Once they find those line-up-the-same-3-colours games, it's game over on everything else in life. Seriously, people effin' LOVE those games and I'll never know why. "You know, you can get better gam..." "SHUT UP! I'm lining up 3 of the same colour to totally get things called 'points' which add to what it commonly known as a 'score' so SHUT UP!!!" "Okay, nevermind anything better, kindergarten games is why God created the universe and everything..."
  14. Vengenceonu

    Vengenceonu Revenge is beneath me but accidents do happen.

    Jun 20, 2013
    United States
    The C Standard Library

    Blame Bejeweled. It started that phase of 3 color match games. It will always be popular. All you have to do is reskin it and call it something else (i.e. "Candy Crush")

    Candy Crush is grossing an estimated 633k a day right now.
  15. Pedeadstrian

    Pedeadstrian GBAtemp's Official frill-necked lizard.

    Oct 12, 2012
    United States
    Sandy Eggo
    I play a huge spectrum of games. Complicated tactics game where my brain tries to fight RNG but often loses, lengthy RPGs that can span hundreds of hours of played time without finishing, and action/adventure games where I decapitate someone at least once every 5 seconds...

    But I freaking love match-3 games. Especially when they add RPG elements to it. I spent so much time playing Bejeweled and Candy Crush though...

    On topic: my mom thinks that, by typing "www.", then whatever she wants to look up, and then add ".com" to the end of it, it'll take her to where she wants to go.
    Me: "Mom... that's not KyXy's website..."
    Her: "Yes it is... I typed"
    Me: *internal and external sigh, followed by forcibly taking the mouse away from her*
  16. KTurbo

    KTurbo Advanced Member

    May 17, 2008
    Since I know a lot of computers (and this was the case even before I became a software developer) I am the family's tech support. ie. My father will be like
    "There is a window on the screen which shouldn't be there"
    Me: "What does it say?"
    Father: "I don't know, I'll just let the computer sit like this until the next time you come here"
    And three months later I click cancel on some random pop up window.
  17. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 14, 2010
    The website of my old high school did this, if you didn't add www you got redirected to some error page. They FINALLY fixed it now, but last year it still was the case. And I had to go there like every day for 6 years to check for last minute schedule changes >_>
  18. dragonblood9999

    dragonblood9999 GBAtemp Maniac

    Sep 27, 2007
    my mom is the same

    we have a wireless mouse and every time when the battery dies in it she screams my name telling me the mouse is broken, I yell back "CHANGE THE DAMN BATTERIES"

    or if my aunt want to print something she says:

    her: "oh i can print it for you, i'll give it to you later"
    after my aunt leaves
    her: "your aunt wants you to print this"
    me: "didn't you say you were going to print it? then print "
    her: "but i don't know how."
    me: "then don't say you will do it"

    i hate it when she says she will do something then make me do it

    when those popups show up saying that she won something right away, she yells for me saying she won: a laptop or a iphone(she doen't even know what a iphone is) or something else

    i have to tell her to read that small print at the bottom of the page every single time
  19. Blaze163

    Blaze163 The White Phoenix's purifying flame.

    Nov 19, 2008
    Coventry, UK
    My parents are absolutely beyond useless. And not just with technology. My 'mother' (and I use the term in its loosest possible sense) is usually so drunk she can't understand basic concepts like needing to press individual buttons to make a phone call instead of slamming down on it like some ginger Hulk and expecting the machine to figure out who she wants to scream abuse at. As for my 'father' (again, used loosely) is legendary for his tech fails, including spending over a week downloading a file for me which he thought was a complete guide to all the Final Fantasy games, art books, etc. What he neglected to see was the word 'Hentai' in between the words 'Final Fantasy' and 'Encyclopedia'. So he spent over a week downloading over a hundred thousand images of cartoon porn. Nice job, dumbass. He's blown up at least 4 PS3's, 5 360's, 2 PSP's and utterly destroyed his laptop and the home computer by messing about with settings he knew nothing about and convincing them both to give up computing for a highly successful career as a paperweight.

    Thankfully I'm not so hopeless when it comes to tech, and neither is my fiancee. So when little Freya gets here in October at least she won't be so embarrassed by her folks. I may not know how to fiddle with the settings and the complicated stuff but I at least know the basics of how technology works, at least enough to help my daughter type up her homework or google something without having her innocent mind blown by the wealth of filth on the internet.
  20. xist


    Jul 14, 2008
    That seems immensely nice of him to do that and immensely ungrateful of you when you already knew he wasn't technically adept. It's one thing not wanting what he spent time downloading but it's obvious he was trying and ridiculing him seems particularly mean...
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