Do your parents not understand technology? Do they ask you stupid questions? Do they send you absurd text messages? Do they even know what a text message is?

If you've got an example of your Parents Just Don't Understanding, send it to parentsjustdontunderstand (at) And, hey, if we publish it, send your parents a link. They probably won't understand what it is.

  • My dad bought himself an iPod to take on vacation and asked me to put songs on it. I gave it back to him full of music. He then picked it up and held it to his ear like a cell phone.
    - Steve from Port Elgin

  • My mom was looking on the computer, and saw a smiley face like this: =D
    She then asked what "equal D" meant. Then she assumed that D stood for drugs.
  • When my mom wants to send me a website or article, she prints out the page, scans it, and then emails it as an attachment.
    -Matt from Pasadena
  • I had to take a mandatory Library Tutorial in which a 70 year-old lady tried to explain how search engines worked. Her main issue was that she didn't know anyone that worked at Google, so she didn't know how anyone there, "In the Google office building," knew she worked at the college.
    -Trevor from Cape Cod Community College
  • My friend just got a text message from her mom that said: "What day do you come home question mark"