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Parents Turn To Kids For Tech Support

Warning: This is one of those, "yeah, I already knew that" stories. Like so many other people from my generation, I dread the late night phone calls from my mom who just remembered she fell in love with a jacket at J.Crew and wants me to go online and find it for her. Not because she doesn't have the ability to go search the website herself, but because she figures I am already online and just a click away.

For whatever reason, it seems to be a universal truth that even young students are the ones helping out their parents and using technology on their behalf. According to a recent USA Today article:

  • Three-quarters of students between the ages of 8 and 14 say they have completed an online transaction.
  • Nearly one-fourth of the 6,000 young respondents say they shop with their parents' credit cards, 26 percent use gift cards, and 8 percent say they use their own credit card.
  • Almost half say they help with electronic transactions because their parents are "clueless" online.
  • One-third help because their parents don't have enough time to shop.
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redsugar redsugar 10 years
Oh my god people. I cannot believe that people my age (39), or younger, would need assistance with anything computer related. We grew up with computers. I hope I never have to depend on my children to do something as simple as hook a computer up. I never want to stop learning.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
I have heard about this.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Lol, I know what you mean!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Hubby has me check stuff for him all the time, and I have to place all his Amazon orders. Not that he doesn't know how, I'm just faster.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
For years I used to try to help/teach my mom how to do more stuff online so she could become more independent. She never took to it though, so I gave up and now I let my sister help out instead, LOL!
Jinx Jinx 10 years
I am guilty. :oy: Maybe not exactly the way you describe, but I do it. I'll be all, how do you hook this thing up? lol
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