Thanks For That Dad.
My Dad does not ‘get’ social media…in fact he just barely gets technology. While he’s now able to navigate “the email” and his mobile phone, he has zero time for social media.
Spurred on by an ‘insightful’ comment last night, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane reflecting on how far he’s come.
It all started back when he gave me a mobile when I went to university. It was such a huge deal, I can still remember him giving it to me and how excited I was.
He however, had no idea how it worked – mainly how much it would cost.
That was nothing compared to the time he thought that using a cordless phone was the same as a mobile and charged by the minute. Oh the hilarity (and teenage angst that he had to deal with in response – poor guy).
Then there was the time he got a mobile of his own and was learning to text. He’d send a text only to call me straight away to see if it worked.
Let’s just there were a lot of these…
“Hi, it’s Dad”
“Did you get this?”
Since the dawn of Facebook and then Twitter Dad has been very vocal about his disdain towards new media. He thinks that social networking is for morons, contributes to illiteracy, and is for losers with too much time on their hands.
It’s all quite funny really, but tonight came the best quote yet (one I found more than a little humorous considering the reason I am in Sydney at the moment is due to blogging and social media!) Drum roll please; my Dad’s insights on the place of social media:
“When I’m King of the Universe I’m banning twitter and whatever that other shit thing is (Facebook).”
Have you got a family member like this. What dooseys have they come up with?