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With texting now as a primary means of communication, it seems that more and more parents have tried to master the art of text messaging. Unfortunately, some parents just can’t keep up with the times.
Whenparentstext.com is a new blog created to celebrate these flubs in digital communication. The website is a forum for people to submit and vote upon the funniest miscommunications between kids and their parents.
Updated multiple times a day, the website covers all of the texts that make kids roll their eyes. The texts range from unnecessary words of wisdom, (“Just saw on the news that kids are snorting bath salts. Just say no!! K?”) to lack of proofreading (“Happy milk day sweetie take care”).
One thing that makes the website so appealing to students is the universal experience of having mom fill up your inbox. Freshman 19-year-old open option major, Weston Brown, said he understands what it feels like to have a parent constantly texting him.
“My dad always sends me weird things,” Brown said. “One time he asked me if he should buy a snow blower. Another time he texted me: ‘Cat vomiting. Anything happening there?’”
Although his father usually texts him helpful advice, 18-year-old freshman open option major Eric Beiler said he is often confused by his dad’s advice.
“One time he texted me, ‘Hi, I got a robo call from Rite Aid offering to refill your proscription [sic]. Can that helpbat [sic] all. Thanks dad.’” Beiler said.
Still, some parents don’t fall victim to the digital divide. Cassie DeFranco, an 18-year-old freshman international affairs major, said she often uses texting to keep in touch with her mom.
“I usually text my mom to talk to her,” DeFranco said. “But she still can text me weird things sometimes. The other day she randomly texted me ‘get a prenup.’ I could only respond with ‘huh?’”
As texting is more integrated into society, it seems like digital confusion is bound to occur. At least now, whenparentstext.com provides a place to laugh at it.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Matt Glassett at Matthew.firstname.lastname@example.org.