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Older People Proving They’re Comedy Geniuses When it Comes to Technology Fails

Grandma… that’s not how you do it ???

    If your parents or grandparents don’t struggle with technology… are they really that old? And because us younger people have been brought up with laptops, mobile phones, and technology that we’re on ‘all the time’, we’re the ones who have to solve their problems. Or just laugh at them. Have a giggle at these older people proving they may not be geniuses when it comes to technology, but they sure are comedy geniuses when it comes to technology fails…

    What’s the time?

    When your Nan asks you to go round her house to fix the clock on her new mobile because it’s ‘saying the wrong time,’ you expect to actually change the time, and prove you’re the best grandchild ever – and maybe even get some cake. Grannies always give cake. Instead, you get the joy of peeling off the screen protector that just so happens to have a time on it. *facepalm*

    Feature fails

    Phone features are amazing extras that add-on to your photography pleasure – if you know how to use them. This Dad just didn’t quite know how to turn off his front camera heart feature. He was trying to send his son a picture of his new stove and the end product is hilarious… but that is one nice stove.

    Easy controls

    Sometimes teaching your elders how to use technology can take hours – and sometimes it’s better to just simplify things. So what better way to make remote controls easier to use than Grandma-fying them? You only need to use those buttons, anyway…

    Sometimes you just have to give up…

    You’ve got to give older people credit for trying. But sometimes when they can’t work simple things like their phone cameras, it’s just easier to give up and appease them. Yes, it is a beautiful day! It looks amazing!

    Whose phone is this?

    Grandparents just don’t quite get technology. So when grandma asks whose phone the scientific calculator is… you just have to groan. But to be fair, with the rate phones are growing in size, we wouldn’t be surprised if this were the latest Blackberry model.

    Polite Grandmas

    Just because it’s a machine doesn’t mean you can be rude, apparently. Maybe saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ will improve your search engine optimization? Maybe the exact website you want will be on the first page, rather than the tenth? Hmm. There’s only one way to find out. Please and thank you.

    Selfie central

    Selfies are difficult to take. You need the right lighting. You need the right setting. And you need the phone around the right way… but you can’t knock her for trying. And it really is a lovely picture of her.

    Where’s the zoom? I can’t see it?

    This Grandma has just got herself a new iPhone… but she can’t work out how to zoom in. So she has an even better alternative – the magnifying glass! Well, they can’t go full-on techno buff, they need to bring it back to the old school sometimes.

    Kittens in 3D

    Older people sure do know their priorities. And what could be better than seeing cute little kittens in 3D? This Grandma knows what’s up and she’s taken technology to the best level possible.

    Snail Mail

    You can’t knock this lady for trying. She just wanted to send her grandson a picture message. So she did… in the post. At least it proves she loves him if she’s willing to download that picture onto a laptop, print it off, and send it in the post. Certainly easier than sending it via text or email…

    Website love

    We all have our favorite websites, and so do older people. And some people even like to make a note of their favorites. This grandma took it to the next level. She wanted to show her grandchild the websites she loves… so decided to write them down.

    Emoji Actions

    Emojis are now so ingrained into everyday life that we can’t even send messages without them anymore! ??? But it’s always important to make sure you’re using the right one for the context. Sure, there are tears on the laughing emoji, but not quite the right one for this message… ?

    Oh dear…

    Sometimes, something so simple can make all the difference. Like just moving the mouse around the other way. It’s oh so painful. Thank goodness for grandchildren, who fix all of the major problems in the world!

    It’s New York!

    Grandparents weren’t brought up with the finer things in life, and technology is an alien concept to them. They like the simple things… including a picture of New York (which just happens to be on a new 40″ TV). It is a lovely picture, though…

    Meaningful moments

    Explaining technology to parents can sometimes seem like a mammoth task, so it is often easier to just point-blank tell them what to do. This guy had the right idea – just engrave every bit of technology around the house and you and your parents should be fine.


    As much as we mock older people for their use of technology, we can’t help but admit that they do really try their best. This mom just wanted to show her son that she was getting the hang of the 21st Century… and she nearly nailed it. Nearly.

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