Ridiculous stories of parents being hopeless with technology

The people who voted us out of Europe can’t even use phones


The Baby Boomer generation have received a lot of stick recently, mainly because of their involvement in voting us out of the EU.

Yet while they may be politically mighty, their grasp on technology still leaves a lot to be desired – and the results are usually pretty great.

We asked some of you for your best memories of the older generation’s technology cock-ups, and you didn’t disappoint.

Rosie

“My mum phoned a helpline to help her with her computer once and the man told her to right click. She typed in the word ‘click’.”

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Mared

“My mum is so clueless with the internet, she literally needs a supervisor with her at all times. She believes those spammy ads like ‘You have a message, click here to check’ and ‘Shoot the duck to win £20,000.’ She literally clicks on all of them because she thinks they’re legit.

“She’s fucked up three laptops because she downloaded a Trojan horse virus to them, and she somehow managed to give someone her mobile phone details and had subscribed to something which took £5 out of her pay-as-you-go phone, every day.

“I only realised what was happening like a week later when she was asking me why she had to go and top up her phone every other day.”

Josh

“I FaceTimed my grandpa and he thought it was a pre-recorded video, and couldn’t for the life of him understand how I could predict what he was going to say.

“He just kept on saying: ‘Ooh! Isn’t that clever!'”

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Raph

“My nan puts: ‘Dear (whoever), That is funny, From nan’ as a comment on Facebook, consistently.”

Daisy

“My granddad called us to fix his computer, saying there were strange shapes that popped up when he’d been away for a few minutes. It was his screensaver.

“Also, my dad once came to a fashion show I was working on and recorded it all – when we looked at it later he’d done it all on the selfie camera.”

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Lydia

“My mum thought Twitter was called ‘Twatter’. When I pointed out her mistake, she said she felt her name was more appropriate.”

Roisin

“My dad doesn’t know how to add websites to favourites, so he just has a Word document which he copies and pastes links into.”

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Taryn

“‘Hold on Taryn I can’t hear you, I’ll just put you on voicemail’ – do you mean speaker, mum?”

Nathan

“My mum once asked why she couldn’t Bluetooth a photo to her friend, 200 miles away.”

Katie

“My nan loves making jokes on Twitter. All my friends follow her.”

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May

“My grandma jabs her iPad as though it works better the harder you touch it. And she always forgets her Mac isn’t touchscreen.”

Matt

“I live in America – my dad emails me rugby and football results because he doesn’t think we can get the BBC website here.”

Tom

“My dad still says: ‘Can you PDF it to me.'”

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Kay

“My grandfather has not turned off his laptop, nor unplugged the charger, in 15 years.”

Harry

“We bought my nan a Nintendo DS because she saw an advert for brain training.

“She used a biro instead of a stylus and coloured the whole touchscreen in blue.”