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.


“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’.”


“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.”


“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!'”


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


“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.”


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


“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.”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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.”