Just about everyone loves texting. It has become so much a part of life that most people cannot imagine their relationships and day-to-day routines without it. But that doesn't mean we've all become professional smartphone users. As these funny exchanges prove, many parents out there are still figuring out this whole texting thing. On the other hand, others got it down to a T and are using it to mess with their kids. Regardless of which it is, the results are hilarious. So keep scrolling for a good laugh.
Do You Need Some Ice for That Burn?
This young man might think twice before he makes a misogynistic comment like this one after his mom delivered the biggest burn to him. She wrote to him asking why there were cups and dishes in his room when they belonged in the kitchen. The son thought it would be funny to say that a woman's place is also in the kitchen, but his mom was having none of that kind of talk.
She made it clear that with talk like that, a woman is much more likely to be in the kitchen when he is around than in his bedroom, which does make a lot of sense.
Sometimes, You Gotta Know When to Give up
There is nothing worse than going on a trip with someone who you are hoping will be able to take good pictures of you. Instead of taking nice pictures, somehow, they always manage to get their finger in the corner of the picture, somewhat covering the lens. This mom did just that except over text as she tried to send a picture of what a beautiful day it was to her child.
She just kept sending a picture where her finger was covering the entire screen. There was no way to see if it was a beautiful day or not.
Ruining the Biggest Surprise of Her Life
It is no secret that the older generation struggles to use smartphones from time to time. Their texting skills are usually not quite up to par, and they make a decent amount of faux pas when it comes to texting. This, however, may just be the worst one that a person could make. This woman's mom was trying to text her son about a surprise marriage proposal but accidentally sent the message to the person being proposed to!
The daughter was (not surprisingly) disturbed and sad and shocked that her mother had just ruined potentially the biggest surprise and biggest moment of her life.
Mom Is Giving Not-So-Subtle Hints
No one wants to be reminded about the fact that they are single, especially by parents who are aggressively waiting for you to couple up. This person's mother seems to be over-eager about her child finding a boyfriend and wants to make it very clear that she is looking forward to the day that her child finds someone. She has even gone as far as to send savage texts like this one to put pressure on her.
Can you imagine getting a text from your mother that says, "Good morning beautiful, xoxo your imaginary boyfriend?" That seems like it is an unnecessarily savage thing to write to your child.
There is nothing better (usually) than having a parent finally enter the digital world and join the forces of smartphone users around the world. This child was very excited at first, but it only took them a short amount of time to realize that things were not really going as planned. They sent a few messages and didn't understand why their mom was not responding to any of the messages.
Everything was clarified when their mom returned one message that said "howdoyoudoaspace," making it quite clear that they still did not understand how to use their new phone.
When Your Mom Goes to the Park to Look for a Match
There is nothing worse than a parent who wants you to be in a relationship more than you do yourself. This person's mother is very clearly on the lookout for her daughter's perfect match. Whether she is just waiting in line and meets a stranger or strikes up a conversation with someone at the dog park, she is always looking. She seemed quite proud of this option, a nice guy at the dog park who is going to medical school.
The funniest part about this text thread is that she admits to taking a picture of the guy secretly, as her daughter was concerned that he was asked to pose for this photo.
A Different Kind of Coming Out
Telling your parents that you are gay and coming out to them is always a pretty big moment in a child's life. These parents thought that their child was coming out to them, and they were a little shocked and surprised that they chose to do it over text. Imagine their shock when they learned that they weren't actually coming out at all and just weren't able to finish their sentence before the message was sent.
The funniest part about this is that they were not actually gay at all, but their parents were convinced that they were.
The YOLO Motto Causing Parents to Go Broke
YOLO, a phrase that stands for You Only Live Once, was something that took over the world a few years ago. It was a phrase or acronym or saying (whichever you want to call it) that everyone was using. It became a part of general vocabulary even if people weren't sure if they were using it correctly (like this woman). Sadly, it was used correctly, as she said YOLO after buying a new car she couldn't afford.
At least she admitted that she didn't know if she was using the word correctly. Her child didn't seem too thrilled at the end of the day, regardless.
The Only Joke She Made Was You
Children change your whole life, and you have to be ready for the fact that you have created a small version of yourself with its own mind and thoughts, and opinions. This child did not approve of their mother's jokes and wanted to make it clear that they did not find them funny at all. However, it seemed that the mother had a harsher burn in store for the child.
The child said that you never make funny jokes, but the mother made it clear that that was not the case since she made the child, which was the funniest joke of all.
What Did She Just Say?!
Wouldn't it be nice if you could put a "do not disturb" sign on your phone so that when people message you, they will know that you are busy and won't be able to respond right away? This mom tried to do that with her children but instead just messaged them all not to text her for the next hour as she was going to be on the treadmill.
When her child responded that they weren't planning on messaging her in the first place, she responded snarkily and said that was exactly what she was talking about - a message like that one.
That Is Not What LOL Means
All of the acronyms that are used in texting can certainly be confusing for people who are just starting out in the world of SMS. There is YOLO, LOL, STFU, BRB, RN; the list is endless. It is hard to keep track of what they all mean. This woman thought that LOL meant "lots of love," and it was far too late before she realized her mistake by sending that with news that someone passed away.
"Laugh out loud" is very different from "lots of love," especially when it comes to announcing that someone has passed away.
The Ultimate Mother-Daughter Prank
If you are going to have children and have to deal with all of the difficulties and issues surrounding raising them, you mind as well have a little fun at the same time. This person's child sent them a message that they think there is a thief in the house and that they are scared. Instead of telling her child that it was actually her in the house and home early, she decided to prank her children instead.
She told her child to go into the closet and hide and then proceeded to lock the child in the closet, only to message them that it was actually her the whole time.
At Least She's Honest About It
There's nothing quite like some brutal honesty. It can be nice and refreshing sometimes, but other times it can be exhausting and hurtful. In this circumstance, this person's mom is asking their child to come downstairs so that they have nice company as they are feeling lonely. When they asked if their father was also there, the mother made it clear that he was, but they wanted the child's company instead.
It looks like this woman isn't playing any games when it comes to favorites. She lets everyone know who she likes the best.
This Person Should Be Flattered Their Mom Thinks They're That Powerful
It's funny to think how different generations see technology. Those who grew up with it have a hard time understanding that other people don't find it intuitive or easily understandable. This person's mom thought that their child was in control of the Google logo and was getting annoyed that they were changing it every few days. She wanted the original one back and requested that of the person she thought was in charge.
Her child made it very clear that (unfortunately) they were not the ones who were responsible for changing the Google logo. Otherwise, they would be living a very different life.
She Thought She Was Being Sneaky
What happens when you master the art of being sneaky and escaping from your house for a party but then ruin it all by accidentally messaging your mom exactly what happened? Well, you can read exactly what would happen here as that is what this child did by mistake. She even went into detail about how she put a magnet on the alarm and popped the screen off the window to get out.
She gave away all of her tips before she realized that she was talking to her mom and not her friend. Now there was nothing that she could do to fix the situation; her screens would be drilled into the window frame.
She's Not a Regular Mom, She's a Cool Mom
Oh, how the tables can turn. You are probably much more familiar with the situation where a parent sends multiple text messages to their children, many in a row, even when they probably haven't even had the chance to see the first one. Well, it looks like this child decided to turn the tables and do the exact same thing. They send the text message to their mother many times in a row.
Their mom decided to be very hip and savvy about the situation and respond to her child with a GIF taken right from Mean Girls. She asked, "Why are you so obsessed with me."
Don't Let Your Parents Create Emoticons
It's always fun and amusing to see what new and interesting things your parents do when they are introduced to smartphones. It's a whole new world for them, and it's a whole new world for you to see what they do. This person's mom decided to create her own emoticon. When she sent it to her child, they were horrified to realize this was not a new emoticon at all.
On the contrary, this emoticon was actually a pretty well-known one that does not mean that someone is smiling. It means something very, very different than that.
They Need a Plan B for the Plan B
Taking plan B is not usually a light thing. Not only does it mean that you are trying to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, but you are also probably panicking at the potential. You are also most likely in for a hormonal roller coaster. The last thing you want is to add to that stress that now your mother has found out about this scary incident. However, that is exactly what happened to this person.
They accidentally messaged their mom that they needed to go out and get Plan B instead of messaging their partner or their sibling, or their partner in crime (whoever was helping in this situation).
Some Casual First-Date Suggestions From Mom
Sometimes parents get more excited about a date than their child does. This is the prime example. This person's mother texted them asking if they were on the date yet. When they responded that they were and therefore could not talk yet, they still decided to send a bunch of messages asking about the person and what they were like. They were a bit too invested in the idea of this date.
The mom probably continued to send a bunch of other messages even though the child could not respond. After all, no one wants to be glued to their phone for an entire date.
Love You, Just Kidding
Do you know the feeling of seeing someone wave at you only to realize that they were waving at someone behind you instead? You have already waved to them, and now it's just cringy and embarrassing. Well, here is the text version of that exact same feeling. This person's mom texted that they loved them and then responded with the same concept. However, all the loving feelings were shut down when the mom texted, Sorryy, wrong person."
Was it really necessary for them to text that they sent this message to the wrong person, even if it was actually a mistake? It seemed like a mean thing to do!
The Typo That Was Actually True
Telling your parents that you are possibly pregnant when you have not planned the pregnancy is one of the most stressful things you can do as a child. This girl was shocked when her mom messaged her, asking how her "pregnant little daughter" was doing. She did not think that her mom knew about her situation and was shocked to hear that she possibly did know that she was pregnant.
After her mom revealed that this was actually just a typo and it was supposed to say "precious," the girl tried to play it cool and pretend that she was perfectly fine.
The Text of Immediate Regret
This child went from innocently texting their mother about where they were planning to sleep that night to accidentally sending one of the most awkward messages to the wrong person. They clearly had a crazy night and wanted to talk to their partner about that. Instead of sending the message to their partner, though, it was sent to their mother instead. You can see immediate regret when they realize their mistake.
It only took them a second to regret their choice of message. Sadly, there was no option for them to delete or unsend the text message. How is this not an available feature yet?
This Dad Is Quite a Jokester
Dads are infamous for their lame and punny jokes. This child sent a simple message to their dad to ask what was up. He couldn't have been surprised that the first answer was a joke about the gas prices. The second time that they asked, it was no different, only it was a little bit more inappropriate. It made their child so uncomfortable that they threatened to move out as a result.
At least this dad is living up to his potential when it comes to dad jokes. He just needs to watch himself before his child decides it's too much and moves out.
It Was Very Easy to Get Prego
Whether this was meant as a joke or prank or was actually just a funny misunderstanding, you can't help but laugh when you see the panic and confusion that goes down in this message thread. The daughter sends a text to her father that was supposed to be for her boyfriend. She says that she got prego, just like he wanted. Understandably, the father is panicked until he realizes that she meant the tomato sauce, not the potential of a grandchild.
The father was very clearly panicked at the thought of his daughter being pregnant, and the casual way that she mentioned it probably didn't help matters at all.
This Couldn't Have Gone Any Better
Not everyone is excited about the idea of coming out to their parents. It is a scary thing, and people often put the idea off for years because they do not want to face it. This woman's child did not want their partner to be known as their partner, so they sent a text asking them to pretend to be their roommate when their parents came to visit them at their apartment.
The only issue was that the text was actually sent to the child's mother instead of to their partner. At least their mother dealt with the situation pretty well in the end.
Mom Just Likes to Know Her Options
Just about anyone who receives a text from a loved one that says, "Can you text 911" would most likely go into a little bit of a panic. After all, with no preface or other information, how are you to know that it is not an emergency? However, there was no reason to be alarmed here; this person's mom just wanted to know for the sake of knowing all of her options.
That is a pretty reasonable question at the end of the day. But the craziest part is that they never answered it. Can you text 911?
There Comes a Time When Every Child Regrets Having Taught Their Parents How to Text
Ok, so either this mom really does not know how to use a phone and send text messages, or she thought it would be funny to send almost the exact same message to her child multiple times in a row. Perhaps the funniest part about this is that the child also continued to respond as if it was the first time that they were receiving the message asking when they would be home.
At some point, they got annoyed and frustrated, rightfully so, and they asked their mom to stop. And for some reason, the mother did not understand why they should stop.
A Little Chocolate Kiss
It is always fun to ask parents what their views on different emojis are. Sometimes they manage to understand what the little picture emoji is supposed to represent, but other times they truly have no idea. This mom thought that the poop emoji was a little chocolate kiss and kept sending it to her children as a sweet thing of endearment. She was surprised to learn that it was actually poo with eyes.
It looks like Momma Bear learned something new that day, and it was probably the last poo (little chocolate kiss) emoji that she sent.
It's a Dad Joke From a Mom
You are probably very used to seeing dad jokes coming from a dad (it is in the name, after all). However, it is somehow even funnier when your mom sends over the best dad joke. These two were talking about cream cheese and crackers, and when they realized that they were all out of crackers, the mom couldn't help but crack (there it is again), the perfect joke for the situation.
You can't help but smile a little bit when you see a joke like this being made. It is a great one, after all, and perfect for the situation.
The Last Thing You Want to Send to Your Mom Over Text
There is nothing worse than sending a text to the wrong person. No one wants to open their phone and see that they messaged the wrong person, especially when the message was meant for your partner, but you sent it to your mom instead. Although some messages wouldn't be so bad if they were "leaked," a message like this is quite embarrassing to have come out. The mother seemed quite shocked by it as well.
The mom decided to make it sort of funny when she responded, but also made it quite clear that they needed to talk as soon as possible.
Is It Love or Is It Ice Cream?
Most people who grew up in the era of texting and instant messaging are well-versed in the use of symbols instead of emojis. However, not everyone, it seems, knows what all the different emoji symbols actually mean. That is when it is the children's responsibility to teach their parents what all of them mean so that they don't make silly and embarrassing mistakes like this one, where the mom is asking if the child wants some love.
She thought that she was saying that she was going out for some ice cream, but instead, she ended up saying that she was going out for some love and asked if her child wanted to join.
It's Great to Have a Supportive Parent
It must be a nice feeling to know that your parent has your back no matter what, even if you are about to make a terrible decision. Although this is most likely just an exaggeration and a joke, Katie here is pretty angry at someone for some unknown reason. She is so angry that she says that she wants to punch her in the eye with a rusty fork before she realizes that the text was sent to her dad and not her friend.
Regardless her dad is quite supportive and even offers some suggestions on how to execute the attack and still get away with it without being caught in the process.
Pick up Another Pack for Your Mom
Whoever said that only kids are the ones who want to drink alcohol? This child meant to send a message to their friends to pick up a 12-pack of beers, but instead, they sent a message to their mom asking the same. Instead of the mom getting upset that their children were drinking alcohol, they decided to ask them to pick up some beers for them as well.
She did close on a serious note that she wants to make sure that her child is not drinking and driving and that they are staying safe.
Some People Should Turn off Their "automatic Reply" Option
As has already been seen on this list in a few different places, many people do not fully know how to use their smartphones. This is especially the case when it comes to people in the older age demographic. One of the most useful features of a phone is being able to send automatic messages when you are in a meeting or unavailable. This person's dad, though, didn't quite seem to understand how this feature was supposed to work.
Their child knew right away that they didn't know this message was being sent and that they were not actually in a meeting at all.
Wrong Context, Mom
Although the most common case is that people do not even know how to use the latest phrases and trends in texting and slang, it is somehow even funnier when parents try to use slang, but they use it incorrectly. This mom did not really use it incorrectly, per se, but she did use it unconventionally. Instead of using YOLO as a fun catchphrase, she used it more as a warning.
She told her child to be careful driving as the roads were a little bit icy. However, they also used YOLO as a warning, telling them to be extra careful as "you only live once."
Not the Text You Expect to Get From Your Dad
Maybe it is because there is little to no context to go along with this message, but this seems like a really strange thing to randomly receive from your father. The child also seems genuinely confused. Although the dad tries to make it clear that it was just a strange joke, it doesn't seem like something that is easily understood, and probs would have been better not being said at all.
Even after the punch line of the joke was made, it still was a bit confusing. Unless there is more to the story, it doesn't really make too much sense.
WTF Does Not Mean Wednesday Thursday or Friday
Keeping up with the slang of the younger generation is always a challenge, even if you are a part of the younger generation. It's hard to know what is hip and cool and what all of the strange new words mean. However, there are some phrases that everyone really should know, with the prime example being WTF. Just about everyone knows that WTF does not mean Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, except for this mom.
As a result, this person's child was quite shocked to receive a text from their mother that said WTF in big letters. It was not what they were expecting to receive from a parent.
It's Hip to Text, Even if You're in the Same House
When texting first became popular, everyone was excited to use the feature as much as possible, even when completely unnecessary. This mother decided to text her child that she was making their favorite meal for dinner. Although this might seem cute and sweet, it's really just funny when you take into consideration that they were in the same house together. They could have just talked to each other instead of texting.
But the mom made it quite clear that she just wanted to be hip, and that's why she was texting instead of just physically being with her child and talking.
Something Tells Us She Didn't Send the Stuff yet
Have you ever tried to get out of having a conversation by pretending that you have a bad connection? It is a common excuse that is used to hang up the phone when someone asks you a question you don't have the answer to or that you just don't want to answer. But have you ever seen someone use that excuse to get out of answering something over a text message?
This is probably the first time you have seen someone make an attempt like this over text, as it doesn't really make much sense. And as this kid mentioned, it doesn't really work over text.
What's up With All the Parents Missing the Space Bar?
Navigating a new phone is always a challenge. Whether you are just trying to adjust to all of the new features or are struggling with the basics like this mom, there is a lot to figure out. She could not find the space bar for the life of her and sent these comical texts to her child asking for help in locating it. It took her a few attempts, but she was eventually able to find it.
The poor child did their best to explain to them where the space bar was, but it was hard to make it clearer than the big bar that says SPACE on it.