When parents started adopting Facebook in the last few years, rebellious teenagers quickly fled the social network for its younger counterpart, Instagram. Since then, parents have been slowly trying to squeeze their way into the online world that their younger and more technologically savvy children dominate.
There is one space where parents have always managed to reign supreme over their children, and that space is text messaging. This digital format takes everything children suspect about their parents’ social ineptitude and turns it into a reality. Let’s take a look at how things can quickly go wrong when your parents try to communicate via text.
Something Weird in the Background
We all love to occasionally share a picture with our loved ones. Sometimes we meet a special someone and want to let our family know, other times we encounter a beautiful vista that we just have to take a picture of. Mothers and fathers are still getting the hang of the whole “camera on a phone” thing, since they grew up in a time when phones and cameras were separate objects.
This mother either didn’t realize that her finger was on the camera, or she was taking a picture of a very big fingery view.
Early Signs of Possession
We’re not sure what exactly is going on in this text message, but it seems to be a mixture of some really nasty software virus and a ghost haunting the phone. When you hold a key on your phone’s keyboard, you’ll likely see a list of variant letters you can use. For example, instead of writing the letter ‘e’, you can hold the letter and choose something else like such as 'è', 'é', 'ë', or 'ę'.
We assume that this is what happened to this mother’s phone, although based on her daughter’s response, it might be something much worse.
Why Is That Funny?
Sometimes the wrong use of an acronym might just make a tragic situation even worse. This was exactly the case when Mom had to tell her daughter that her great aunt had passed away.
If there was ever a competition for the most inappropriate texts that include the acronym ‘LOL’, we’d probably place our bet on this text exchange right here.
Don’t Type Without Seeing
One of the worst things about having glasses is the moments where you lose them. The problems that come with partial blindness include the occasional stubbed toe or walking with your arms outstretched like a zombie across your house as not to bump your head into anything.
If you’ve ever tried typing on a phone with your eyes closed, it’s quite a similar experience to doing it without glasses. This mother shows why you shouldn’t type without glasses.
Autocorrect Strikes Again
It’s a good thing that this kid has a healthy sense of humor, because it might have been highly offensive to most other children.
Autocorrect is officially one of the best ways to ruin a relationship. It’s also really easy to say nasty things and blame it on the feature, which we guess is why Apple and Android never quite got around to fixing its issues.
When Life Is Too Short
The “YOLO” trend is an interesting one, having popularized a few words to mean one thing that could easily be interpreted to mean something else. “You only live once,” they say, and so you should live life to the fullest. Take risks! Be bold! But…if you only have one life, shouldn’t you also protect that one life? Maybe don’t take certain risks?
This mom is here to make sure her kid doesn’t “yolo” his one life away.
The World’s Best Paid Room Cleaner
Money is a great incentive to make your kids do your bidding. Many children learn to value money even before they’re ten years old, although they don’t exactly understand its significance. Kids instinctively like to gather resources, so when you offer them money to do something, they will.
Whether or not this mother actually hid $100 in her daughter’s room, her proposition is quite smart. Although this won’t necessarily make her daughter disciplined all of a sudden, it will get the room cleaned in no time.
Burn This Text Exchange
Sometimes parents try to learn how to be “hip” and adopt their children’s lingo and mannerisms. These attempts are usually met with a scolding look from the kids, and are quite often unsuccessful. This exchange between a mother and her daughter shows why parents should never attempt to do this.
Anything that a parent touches stops being cool, as they are invading the counterculture space of their younger generation. This conversation is one of the cringiest things you’ll read this year. We can only hope that nobody ever found out who was behind this text exchange.
If you’ve watched Disney’s hit film, "Guardians of the Galaxy", you might recognize this text as something that the fan-favorite Groot would say. We’d like to imagine that there’s a separate alien species, one that instead of saying “I’m Groot”, responds to every communication with “Moonocababa”. It’s a good thing that this kid can talk to their mother using text, we’d hate to hear what their phone conversation must sound like.
Unfortunately, it seems that 'moonocababa' is probably not going to get inserted into Webster’s dictionary anytime soon, but you can always keep your fingers crossed and hope.
Grandmas Are Even Worse
It’s true that phones today are much more complicated than ever before, but texting apps really aren’t that revolutionary. It’s quite baffling why grandparents seem almost unable to learn proper use of text communications, as they almost always respond with the most unclear responses possible.
Perhaps we’re just not smart enough to discern the hidden meaning of “7”, but it seems like this grandma could use a lesson or two on proper phone texting.
An Encouraging Father
People think that police officers are probably the most strict and uptight mothers and fathers there are. While this may be true in some cases, it actually leads to the exact opposite result in others.
Police workers are usually so jaded after a few years in their careers, that it gets very hard for someone to phase them. This, plus a slightly liberal attitude, must have been the factor that led to this hilarious but incriminating text exchange.
Mom Asks Internet Question, Facepalm Ensues
If there’s one thing that parents just can’t get a handle on, it’s the long list of acronyms that internet-generation kids keep making up and changing as they go. Back in the day, you used to see many of these such as “AFK” (Away From Keyboard) and ROFL (Rolling On the Floor Laughing). These old acronyms are practically non-existent today, and it took them less than a decade to disappear.
With so many language changes, it’s not a surprise why parents often seem almost intentionally dumb when failing to understand internet jargon. It’s not their fault though, this lingo thing is quite hard for all of us.
Forcing a Response
Sometimes parents let their teenager kids engage in the habit of not responding to certain texts, leading their parents into a deep state of frustration. There’s nothing more mind-numbingly annoying than not having someone respond with even a basic “OK” or thumbs-up emoji when you text them.
Socially anxious people are especially sensitive to this, so it’s usually best to respond to everyone as a matter of policy. This mother had to make sure her daughter is listening, so she used a ploy to force her response.
Dad’s Proud Achievement
We’ve already mentioned that fathers seem to have a cold and sarcastic sense of humor that translates quite well in text from.
It’s hard to imagine the horrible thoughts that went through this young girls’ mind, but at-least her mother ended up getting a prego.
Too Much Transparency
One big difference between parents and their children when it comes to texting is that parents love to share their thoughts. When younger people text, it’s usually either to get something done or to discuss a topic. Older people, on the other hand, tend to communicate their entire thought process when texting.
Take this mother for example, who felt the need to share her intentions with her daughter. Was this simple request to much to ask for?
As we’ve stated before, parents have a very tough time managing to keep track of the evolving lingo of their children’s generation. Even younger people often have to take great measures to stay updated, which means that parents should probably avoid these words altogether. Some parents like to have it both ways, and instead of learning the lingo, they just make up what these acronyms actually mean.
This mother mistook WTF with Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, which is a funny error that definitely shows how creative some parents can be.
That Is Definitely Not Chocolate
Poop emojis have some of the cutest faces of all the creatures in the emoji library. For some reason, people have managed to make poop a lot cuter than most of the animals in our emoji stack.
This mother was so convinced by the beautiful poop, that she thought for a moment she was looking at a beautiful chocolate cone with a smiling, positive attitude.
Please Use the Space Button
We can only say our thanks for having more sophisticated parents than this one right here. While it may be excused that some fathers and mothers can’t find the emojis on a mobile keyboard, there’s no reason to not know where a space key is.
Frankly, if we didn’t know where the space key was, we would be way too embarrassed to ask about it in a text exchange.
That Excuse Won’t Work Here
Sometimes mothers and fathers use very bad excuses to avoid responsibility. Although these tricks are much more common among kids, you can be sure that our parents used the same excuses when they were young too. One of the easiest ways to avoid responsibility at the time was faking static noises or a poor reception.
Today we have texts, which make this option obsolete. That didn’t stop this mother from using the excuse, although it clearly fell flat on its face.
A Massive Disappointment
Sometimes kids feel like their siblings are getting more attention than them. This is often the case, as ‘the squeaky wheel’ usually gets the grease. We can’t imagine how heartbroken this child must be to think that they were getting a brand new phone of their choice, only to realize they are advising their parents on a purchasing choice for a sibling.
Either the parent intentionally wrote their message this way as an evil joke, or they’re seriously that socially inept. We wonder what the kid’s response was, probably something along the lines of “Oh”.
You Should Probably Wish For a Dragon
This father must have had a rough dating history before he got married. He also seems to have a very active imagination, going straight to dragons as an example to make his case.
Hopefully, this kid takes his father’s words with a grain of salt and doesn’t grow up to believe that all girlfriends are crazy. Crazy girlfriend theories aside, it was a pretty funny text exchange.
Is This Twitter?
Our parents can sometimes surprise us with just how technologically inept they are, although it’s quite understandable why they would be this way. Imagine growing up in a time when change took decades, only to suddenly be swept up by more change than you’ve seen in your entire lifetime at once.
Sometimes parents don’t exactly know what certain tech words mean, which causes them to confuse a social network like Twitter with a texting app. Hey, at least Mom didn’t think that Twitter was actually a digital bird!
Master of “The Google”
Imagine how sad this poor mother must have felt every time she opens Google. She finally got a hang of using the internet’s most popular search provider, only to have its logo changed on a daily basis. She must have figured that since her son helped her use the computer, he must have also been the one changing the logo.
They say that mothers have an exaggerated sense of their child’s ability, and while we’re not saying that this kid isn’t smart — he’s definitely not the CEO of Google.
Taking Example From Bow-tie Man
Let’s be frank, some parents have the cutest sayings and comebacks. While most adults choose to discipline their kids with the obligatory “I’m the adult” lecture, some take a more creative approach to this tough feat. Every kid can appreciate when a parent takes the extra effort to make their moral lessons funny, which is why this Mom is pretty awesome.
She has apparently created a character called Bow-tie Man, who has a supreme level of intelligence. This guy doesn’t make mistakes, and they should probably make a superhero movie about him.
Worst Prank of All Time
Some parents are absolutely cruel towards their kids. Many of our parents enjoyed scaring each other when they were young kids, but let go of this habit once they realized it was not mature.
When Mom or Dad try to scare us in creative ways, it can be quite terrifying, especially for a young child. Hopefully the kid didn’t need too much therapy after this incident.
Way Too Many Emojis
Most people can get by on just using one or two emojis to emphasize their point. Usually it’s either a smiley, a heart, or a thumbs-up emoji at the end of a sentence that really helps to drive the emotional tone of the message home. Other people feel the need to use emojis in every single sentence, sometimes even using it to replace the actual words they’re supposed to write.
When you take this to its logical extreme, you get whatever it is that’s going on in this text exchange. This kind of convoluted message could have been a mystery in the "Da Vinci Code", for all intents and purposes.
Sometimes Autocorrect Likes to Terrify Children
Autocorrect has probably caused many more scandals than it has helped prevent. This feature allows you to mask your writing mistakes by automatically correcting spelling errors. Unfortunately, sometimes autocorrect likes to take your words and change them completely.
Younger mobile owners usually know how to get around its faults, but we suspect that many fights with parents have started due to this feature.
Oops, Wrong Person
In another case of mistaken identity, this Mother wanted someone who she referred to as “kiddo” to know that she loves them. That’s a great message to get from your Mom, especially when it comes out of the blue.
Unfortunately, it was intended for someone else. In other words, the mother said, “Stop! I take it back.” Quite a sad day for the child, especially considering that her reply was completely ignored.
Not How We’d Phrase It
Some dads can be a bit crass in their manner of speaking and writing. While we’re sure this father’s message was understood, it could have been articulated in a much better way.
Hopefully, this dad has learned how to communicate more effectively over the years, we’d hate to see how their family gatherings look like if he hasn’t.
Not Exactly the Best Self-Defense Weapon
Some parents put their finances above important things, such as safety. This is a case where the budget could have been broken without feeling too much guilt. If you’re going to leave your kid alone in the house, might as well arm them with some sort of self-protection tool. Luckily for this young girl, she can always arm herself with some of that deadly black pepper from the kitchen.
This is just one of many self-defense weapons the family owns, such as spoons, bags, and even toilet paper.
Most Absent Minded Parent of the Year
Every child is born to a different set of parents. While some of us have the gracious luck of being born to loving, responsible and successful parents, others are forced to deal with less talented individuals. This mother is the epitome of the forgetful mom stereotype, she’s either so busy with her work-life that her kids take second priority, or she’s just really absent-minded, which is equally as bad.
Many people wonder why there are apps today that help you remember to take your kids out of the car. This text exchange might explain the reason.
What Are You Talking About?
Sometimes mothers and fathers just accept that they are never going to be good at texting, so they just go the opposite way and do whatever the heck they want.
This kid tried to make sense of his mother’s texting, but she was having none of that. When you read their text exchange it almost looks as if they switched roles, as this kid is parenting his Momma. Oh well.
Let’s Change the Topic
Kids know a lot more these days than we give them credit for. Their constant connectivity with the internet makes them exposed to various things that we didn’t know until a much later age. This example of an autocorrect and a child with a dirty mind lead to quite a funny exchange.
Hopefully, Dad can improve his anniversary game next year, as these are clearly some important events that need to take place in this couples relationship.
Cool Beans Mom
Parents should strictly avoid phrases that they think are popular, as the case is usually the opposite. There’s nothing less cool than a parent who’s desperately trying to resurrect a classic phrase that was used in the ‘60s.
It’s likely that even back then, people didn't use phrases to seem cool, but instead used these to identify and isolate the nerdiest of the bunch.
Revenge of the Moth
In what is perhaps the best bit of dad humor on this list, this father chose to educate his daughter on the importance of bravery by mirroring her doomsday scenario with a smart retort of his own.
This girl is in serious trouble, when you consider that she’s dealing with a super moth that can actually type on a mobile phone. Hopefully, they ended up opening a window so that it could fly away peacefully.
Some parents ascribe to the school of only giving your child positive reinforcement, while others employ a bit of tough love to get their kids together. Luckily, this mother has learned the ins and outs of motivation, and uses her own unique method for making her child more social. She calls this the “bully method”, and has implemented it for the last few years with her children.
Of course, most of them are extremely depressed and unsuccessful, but that’s because the method is currently a work in progress.
Sometimes parents like to tease their kids for their failures and weaknesses. It’s not necessarily a thing they do out of spite or malice, but more like a way to build the child’s character.
Getting a great morning message like that, only to have your hopes and dreams crushed by its ending is quite a sad experience. Hopefully this daughter took her Mom’s tough love and managed to make the most of it.
No. Just... No.
We’re sure that this father genuinely wanted to tell his kid that he forgot his cell phone at home. Unfortunately, sometimes we get so attached to our mobile devices that we forget that they are not us. The average person spends almost 100% of their day (including their sleep) next to their phone. This is why when someone loses their phone, our first instinct is to call their phone to tell them.
Hopefully the dad realized his error and attempted to contact his kid in some other way. The alternative, where the father didn’t realize his mistake, is just too scary to imagine.
Not How to Congratulate
Another terrible example of the wrong acronym at the wrong time is this mother congratulating her daughter with a ‘WTF’ in the opening.
This is either a simple mistake in acronym, or the mother is genuinely surprised that her daughter actually succeeded. Either way, it’s a bad look. Parents should do their best to avoid acronyms in general.
Finding the Spacebar
The texts in this picture start with a loving communication from a child to their parents. It quickly turns into a weird dramatic sensation before the mother replies. While many parents can get on-board with the idea of having a touch-based keyboard, not all of them get how it works.
This Mom didn’t know where the space key is. Which ended up causing quite a funny situation.
People often have the dilemma of either complimenting their child or spouse for something that they don’t believe in, or just telling them the truth at the risk of being offensive. This mother clearly doesn’t care one bit about offending her daughter, as she breezes past her daughter’s inadequacies like she’s discussing tomorrow’s weather forecast.
If there’s one child on this list that most urgently needs some therapy, it’s gotta be this one.
Lack of Knowledge in the Art of Emojis
Back in the day, millennials had to use various letters and signs to create their emojis. This was a creative and brave exploration of combining language with artful communication. Many of us remember the time where ‘:-p’ meant sticking your tongue out and ‘:-o' meant you were surprised.
Parents have sort of skipped that generation and went straight to today’s graphic, done-for-you emojis. Many of them don’t know how to activate and use these, which is what sets the stage for this funny exchange.
An Important Question
It’s always a scary situation when something that looks like a distress signal is communicated. Your entire life can change when your parent evokes something that smells like danger in their text, which is why Mom should probably be more careful next time in the way she articulates her texts.
Hopefully, her daughter updated her that texting the police doesn’t work. But remember, there are no stupid questions… only stupid people.
Basic Logic 101
While some parents feel that they can’t really talk to their children, there are many kids who feel the same way about their parents. Usually one of the two thinks and talks in more emotional terms, while the other uses logic to make sense of things. When a parent isn’t fluent in their child’s language, it’s often the children who are in the frustrating position of trying to communicate basic facts.
Luckily, these exchanges can still give someone a good laugh, but that depends on their ability to turn an ironic situation into something funny rather than sad.
That’s Not a Winking Face...
We’ve already talked in length about parents’ inability to successfully adopt emojis. At best, the most tech savvy mothers and fathers usually get as far as learning how to occasionally use the smiley emoji with only a few errors.
This exchange shows you exactly why parents should avoid using emojis, as they have a much larger risk of embarrassing themselves than actually looking cool.
When Dissing Your Parents Backfires
Some children feel free to berate and criticize their parents. These kids have usually been raised as disrespectful teens, and tend to show their frustrations quite vocally. What most teenagers forget though, is that their parents have been around for much, much longer than they have. This cumulative experience sometimes manifests itself in jokes and comebacks so deep, that they’re on a completely different level.
While some parents are absolutely clueless, there are those that will respond to a challenge by proceeding to drop the mic, leaving you alone to dry.
Auto Text Has Gone Haywire
One cool feature in mobile phones is the ability to turn on a 'Do Not Disturb' mode. This feature allows you to block all incoming calls and automatically send their respective numbers a custom message, explaining that you’re not available to answer. This Dad probably set his automatic response message to “In a meeting”, which could explain this weird sequence of identical messages.
We fail to understand how someone can send the exact same message so many times in any other way. Perhaps the kid’s father just really didn’t want to talk.
That’s Good to Know
Text messages are a somewhat limited format, and often cause many troubles due to misspellings or accidentally sent messages. This kid told his parents he was gay by accident, and luckily found out that his parents are tolerant and loving. Unfortunately, he also found out that they were sure he was gay all along, which might do a number on his ego and self-image.
The mother responded in the best possible way when confronted by her son, because everyone knows that “LOL” is the best way to help your child avoid years of psychological therapy.
When Parents go Nuts
We’ve already discussed how parents are not exactly the most talented people when it comes to using emojis. With today’s graphic emojis, even less people know how to use classic text signs to get their point across. This mother apparently thought that ‘<3’ means ice-cream, which is not hard to figure out why.
The resulting exchange must have involved a lot of really weird and uncomfortable thoughts. Perhaps instead of going to get an ice-cream cone, it would be a good time to set your kids up with some psychological counseling.
That’s Good to Know
Sometimes parents like to remind their kids just how much they care about them. This is an important habit, as we can’t just assume that others know how much we love them.
This father went the exact opposite route, and made sure to remind his daughter that he doesn’t miss her at all. Hopefully this was just a joke in good terms.
Some Parents Are Too Relaxed
Some mothers and fathers can be a bit contradictory when it comes to the things they care about. We’ve seen countless examples of parents who wouldn’t let their kids cut food with a knife, but let them walk home alone at night.
Parents are often a mess of inexplicable rules and principles, but at-least it’s good to know where the line is as this mother has made perfectly clear. Drug distribution - yes. Girlfriend’s house - definite no no.
Adopting the Lingo
Kids start using their parents as mimicking targets well before they can explain what exactly they are reenacting. You see this in kids pretending to be their mothers and fathers, without having almost any understanding of what the heck they’re doing. Adults have also adopted that behavior in recent years, and pretend to speak the lingo of the younger generation.
While this often results in extremely embarrassing exchanges between parents and kids, it seems to have worked this time. Too bad Mom doesn’t have any idea what she’s actually saying.
This Dad Joke Might Actually Be Funny
Fathers seem to develop a sarcastic sense of humor around the time their kids are a few years old, probably due to the counter-intuitive challenges that come with being a dad. What truly separates a great dad joke from your average mediocre one, is being able to reflexively say it when opportunity comes, rather than trying to force it into the conversation.
Although many of these dad jokes are almost always terribly timed and often embarrassing, this one seems to get it right.
Everyone Uses a Cellphone
Today’s children use their cellphones all the time. These mobile devices have practically become extensions of our little darlings, partly due to their usefulness and partly because they’re highly addictive. It’s no surprise that children have gotten to the point where they’re using phones in the middle of school.
This dad seems to be on guard with his son, but we’ll take his communication as a light “dad joke” on his part.