Parents are often slow to learn when it comes to new technology. Whether it be adding new music to iTunes or uploading pictures to a newly-created Facebook, it’s usually the teenagers of the household who are responsible for assisting parents with computers and cell phones.
WhenParentsText.com is a website devoted to capturing “the trials and errors that come when a parent handles a cellphone.” The site is a compilation of the clumsy and awkward text messages of parents have sent to their kids.
“Do you have a relationship with your parents that has been complicated by T-9 and large thumbs?” the blog asks its teenager readers.
The hilarious posts, which WhenParentsText believes are the result of “small keypads, old hands,” are submissions made by the victims of parents’ confusing, random thoughts sent via text message.
A few of my favorites:
|Mom:||Meatloaf for dinner got shot in my hand|
|Mom:||We’re having meatloaf for dinner.|
|Me:||No, What happened to your hand?!?!|
|Mom:||Doctor put a shot in it.|
|Mom:||the oscars start in five minutes, get out of the living room!|
|Me:||NO! why can’t you just watch it in your room?|
|Mom:||Because the tvs is biggr.|
|Me:||I was here first|
|Mom:||don’t make me g and pull THE BOX out from undr your bed that smells like weed|
|Mom:||thats right, run!|
|Dad:||🙂 🙂 😐|
|Me:||what was the last one for?|
|Dad:||I am less than jubilant about your test 😐|
These are extreme examples, of course. Many parents are proficient when it comes to texting. It usually goes one of two ways: either parents text even more than their kids, or parents don’t even know how to access the “Messaging” settings on their phones.
The comments on the blog were very negative, especially from parents or older individuals. Every poster over the age of thirty seemed to think of him or herself as an “intelligent user of technology,” and many were offended that the Whenparentstext portrayed them as senile or unintelligent.
If teenagers at Leesville receive similar messages from their parents, they can email submissions to Ifwhenparentstext@gmail.com. Submissions may also be read at WhenParentsText’s Facebook and Twitter pages.