Parents Share Their "I'm Out Of Touch With Kids" Moments
"No, It's The Children Who Are Wrong."
Every generation goes through it. You're the ones in charge. You're the ones calling the shots. You think the entire world revolves around you. Then, one day, you wake up and hear that some guy named Ninja just made over $100,000 in one day to stream a game called "Fortnite." That's when you realize: You don't know what the heck you're children are talking about. Reddit user, u/G_Bonfanti, wanted to know about those moments when they asked:
Parents of Reddit what was your " wow I'm really out of touch with kids" moment?
I'm Hip With The FacePage
Not me but when I told my wife that our 7 year old boys have discovered the Slenderman, she was like who's that.
My own moment was when I installed Snapchat and opened it up, couldn't figure out which way to swipe or what button to push for first 3 minutes. I'm a software developer.
What's A Doorbell?
My daughter had some friends come over and they sent her a snapchat from the front door to say they were there. And I said to my daughter "oh, is the doorbell not working?" My daughter just gave me this WTF dad look. And I still don't really feel like that was a weird question.
Though I also haven't asked again any of the other times that they've done it.
What Is Time To The Young?
Several of my employees not being able to read analog clocks..wtf
When Did They Add More?
Pikachu, Charmander, Mew. They all make sense. But now there's eternal space dragons that exist outside of time. What the f-ck is that about.
When Your Music Becomes "Oldies"
I went to a music festival I used to go to as a teenager. I didn't know any of the new bands but everyone was excited like they were the biggest thing ever. I then overheard someone say the Foo Fighters (who were also playing and I was excited to see) was dad rock.
You Could Just Do It Yourself?
I've only been a parent 2.5 years.
The number of YouTube videos that are just people opening toys is outrageous.
But I WANT It Now
I wasn't a parent at the time, but a teacher. I was doing some after-school tutoring for 3-4 students of mine who just didn't give a s*** about their education. One of the students said, "Miss, if we get 35-39%, why can't you just round it up to 40%?" (40% is a pass in my country, and a grade D). I started to lecture him about how "I'm not going to just give you the D, Matthew, you have to earn the D. If you work hard for the D and you earn it, I will gladly give it to you. But if you're not putting in any effort, you're not just going to get the D handed to you on a silver platter." I noticed the appalled/confused/amused look on their faces and didn't understand why. I told this story to my fiancé and his sister (who was about 18 at the time). My fiancé didn't know why they had such a weird reaction either, but his sister just said "please tell me you didn't f***ing say that" and then explained.
Memes Are Out Of Touch
There was an ask reddit post on here a few days about how to tell people are over 30. One of the top posts there was about people using outdated memes like Success kid saying "We made it to Friday!". I had just used that the day before.
The next was about using ellipsis to often. I had used one replying to the previous post. So apparently I'm very obviously over 30 online.
No, Fortnite Is Just Terrible
I'm not a parent, but an aunt. I've been a gamer my whole life, but the first time I played fortnight with my 7yo nephew I realised how far behind I was. I started it for the first time and it wasn't instinctual - you know when you used to start a new game and just "get" the menus and how to start the game and all that. I had no f-cking clue with fortnight.
Nephew had to guide me through it. What is going on?
...So Long As It's Good.
This younger guy came into work one day. He's like early 20's. He was so excited to tell us about this hilarious old movie he watched then night before. "It's about these two rocker guys, Wayne and Garth. It's called WAYNE'S WORLD. Ever heard of this? I think it might be a cult classic or something."
Are We Going To Talk About The Class?
36 year old guy about to go back to college. At orientation they gave us a link to the class' Facebook group.
After about a week I asked to join. Nothing on there but girls posting pictures like they were models and everyone asking for everyone else's Snap and Insta.
Sometimes, You Just Gotta Dance
When musical.ly became a craze.... Whenever I'd turn a corner, I'd find either of my daughters (11 & 13) making awkward faces and gestures at their phones, to the squeely sounds of some popsong run thru a smurf-filter.
It was borderline creepy at times, cuz it basically made them look like drunk guys my age trying to soundlessly flirt thru a window.
It's Like Some Cliches Are False
My son's preschool is in the town high school and all I ever see are a bunch of regularly dressed, seemingly well adjusted kids. There aren't any chains, wild piercings, edgelord T shirts, etc.
I've never seen the usual characters one would find in a high school back in my day. There's no guy with a cape, fat gothic girl with a cheap corset, XXXTREME HIM "pentaheart" clad misunderstood miscreants and my f-cking god, nobody smokes.
Just girls wearing sweatshirts, leggings and headbands and guys with jeans/sweatpants, sports hoodies and Timberlands.
High Key AF
Was on a train with a friend out to her parents house. There were three young kids chatting it up, they must have been seniors in high school or freshmen in college. They were drunk and acting like floozies and one of them says "guys, I am low key drunk right now."
Dude, you aren't low key anything right now. You are shouting everything you say and nothing about what you are saying or doing is low key.
No, That's Their Name
Couple of months ago a tabloid headline was Selena chooses Bieber over The Weekend.
I took this as who she chose to spend her Fri, Sat, and Sun with. I broke down and read the thing and was really confused until I found a picture of a rapper named The Weekend.
I've never felt every day of over 30 as when I realized it was a person and not a series of days.
Seriously, Fortnite Is Trash
What's a Fortnite
Serious question guys... I'm, im lost
But, It's A Classic!
The new guy at work who's late 20s had never heard of Coming To America.
Why You Little!
When I identified more with Homer than Bart
When they announced xxxtenacion died all over Facebook... and I'm just sitting here like who even is that???
Turning Tragedy Into Prospects Over...Who?
When Avicii passed away, I was at the hospital working and my daughter called me. She was crying real bad so I was worried and I asked her what happened. She was crying so bad, she couldn't talk but she managed to say "He died." Now, that got me all worried because I was thinking of my son when she said he. I asked who he was. Then she said that it was Avicii. I said "Avicii who?" "The singer Avicii dad!" She said. "I'm sorry honey, what is going to cheer you up?" I asked her.
"Well, if you can get me Fifa 18 for my PS4, I'd appreciate it." She said.
She hung up.
When Kids Learn From Your Mistakes
Seeing how cliques aren't as big of a deal and aren't as rigid as they were when I was in school.
My son is a multi sport athlete and competes on the math team. The overlap of athletes who are also on an academic team surprised me. There were 9 kids on the math team this year and 8 of them play sports. The majority of the honor society is made up of various athletes as well.
I'm in my 50s and this was not the case when I was a kid. The groups seem to be merging more. My kids thought The Breakfast Club was so unrealistic because they say the groups aren't that defined.
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, or so the saying goes.
The same can be said for your interactions with cops, most of whom are perfectly happy to let minor infractions slide––When was the last time you were actually ticketed for jaywalking?––provided you're not a total Karen should you interact them.
Your local police officer likely doesn't care about jaywalking or the fact that you went five miles over the speed limit unless you give him a reason to, as we learned when Redditor Takdel asked police officers: "What stupid law have you enforced just because someone was an a-hole?"