Parents are good at a lot of things, like providing advice based on their many years of wisdom or passing on family recipes. But, if there’s one universal truth among families everywhere, it’s that parents will embarrass their kids. It simply comes with the territory. As parents get older, they become more and more out of touch with the rest of the world. That’s never more evident than when try to use technology. After all, technology advances at such a fast pace it’s hard for anyone to keep up, let alone parents who grew up in an era without the internet.
Sometimes parents have a hard time texting, and that’s ok.
Parents are just from a different generation. Sometimes they need to be taught how to use texting lingo, or what an emoji is, or that they’re not supposed to reveal devastating news via text. Millennials are commiserating over their parents’ lack of technological know-how with #TextsFromMyParents.
Some of the results are cute, while others are pretty cringeworthy. But, across the board, one thing is clear: Parents are very confused about how to properly use their phones. In fact, it seems like the Baby Boomer generation is confused about a lot of things. But, at least they can always text their kids to help them out.
1. A lot of parents need help from their kids to understand what the internet even is.
2. Or if they do understand the internet, they might be overly cautious about using it.
3. In fact, some parents just stay away from texting altogether.
#TextsFromMyParents usually come in the form of a phone call because texting both scares and confuses them.— The Blue Morpho (@8Flibble) July 17, 2019
4. But those who do text want to use their phones to reach the A-list of celebrities.
How can I send a text to Oprah? #TextsFromMyParents— PULP FRICTION (@yoPULPFRICTION) July 17, 2019
5. Or they just use their phones to announce some sad news.
Mom: do you remember (this person) from elementary school?— Epic Arizona (@epicarizona) July 17, 2019
Mom: they died yesterday. Have a great day. Chat later. #TextsFromMyParents
6. Lots of sad news.
#TextsFromMyParents— Tango Romeo (@TR_2D2) July 17, 2019
I was wondering if you remember the postmaster from when you were 4? Well I ran into his mother at the store and her husband died.
Thought You would want to know
7. And that sad news gets even sadder when parents don’t understand how to properly use texting acronyms.
8. In fact, a lot of parents haven’t quite grasped texting lingo, and it can lead to a lot of confusing conversations.
9. Other parents just use texting to nag their kids about their fashion choices.
10. Or they nag them about their lack of fashion choices.
#TextsFromMyParents im outside in front of your window doing the yard and your buttnaked walking the house PUT ON CLOTHES THE NEIGHBORS CAN SEE!!!!!!!!!— Simon (@fatnewyorkbitch) July 17, 2019
11. Some parents take internet stalking to a new level and use it as another opportunity to police their kids.
12. Of course, all that stalking and nagging might get some parents banned from access to their kids.
#TextsFromMyParents— Jeremy's Ghost (@dethbycofee2) July 17, 2019
Why do you have me blocked on Twitter??
13. Sometimes parents just don’t realize exactly how phones work.
#TextsFromMyParents— OOHMMY MarilynMonroe (@oohmmy) July 17, 2019
Mom: i can't find my phone and i have looked everywhere..
Me:tells entire family..
Me:ur on it..
Mom:i looked i am NOT sitting on it. Do u think I'm an idiot..
Me: Omgaaaaahhhhh mama u have it in ur hand and ur texting me on ur phone..
Mom: bye! OH i found it!
14. It can be hard for parents to remember that you need a phone to be able to text back and forth.
Honey you left your phone in my car #TextsFromMyParents— Liv Milano (@livmilano) July 17, 2019
15. In fact, sometimes parents think you can magically see a text even if you don’t have a phone.
#TextsFromMyParents— SAM6 (@travelong6) July 17, 2019
Mom (72)- you left your phone at my house.
20 minutes later go I back to get my phone.
Mom - glad you got my text.
16. Sometimes technology makes parents have to face the hard truth that they’ve aged.
17. But at least kids usually get funny selfies from their parents.
18. Sometimes parents’ wants are simple.
#TextsFromMyParents answer your phone!!!!!— ??T?? (@hockeybtch71) July 17, 2019
19. And sometimes parents are pretty needy.
20. But, the savviest parents know how to really issue a burn to their kids via text.
#TextsFromMyParents— Lemon Tart (@LouiseLemonTart) July 17, 2019
"You're my favourite child"
10 seconds later:
"Sorry, that wasn't for you"
The truth is, millennials better be kind to their parents over text. Sooner than later, they’ll be the parents getting grilled for their texts to their kids.