Tech-infatuated parents put kids to shame


Lulu Stracher, Staff Writer

According to stereotypes, Millennials are entitled, lazy and social media-obsessed. They get more work done on Facebook than assignments and are more concerned with #selfiesunday than their futures.

 Although this might apply to a percentage of that generation, new studies have shown that students’ parents, Baby Boomers and Generation X, are just as or more tech-obsessed than their children are. Ninety-two percent of parents are Facebook friends with their kids and 43 percent check their kids’ activity frequently, according to a study by market firm Lab42.  With parents snapchatting, tweeting and instagramming, students feel overwhelmed with how much access their parents really have to their lives.

“My mom has a snapchat, so I have to be more aware of what I put in my story. I don’t want her to have access to what I’m doing at all times,” Sara Zurmuehle ’17 said. Other students are more worried about the risk of humiliation when it comes to their parents being online.

“[My mom] posts on Facebook all the time about me and purposefully tries to embarrass me,” Daisy Laska ’16 said.

Although most parents are more plugged in than they used to be, their reasons for being online vary. Dylan Diamond ’17, computer whiz and creator of the MyHAC app, says he manages his electronics differently than his parents do.

“I use technology more for social things and also programming, but my parents use technology more for business and emailing. They rely less on it than I do, but it’s still important to them,” Diamond said.

While many students are more advanced in the field of technology than their parents, Kelly Pogue ’15 is a rare exception. His father, David Pogue, is a tech correspondent for Yahoo Tech, CBS News Sunday Morning and has written over 100 books about consumer electronics. Kelly is one who doesn’t writhe in pain watching his parents trying to zoom in on an Instagram or post a selfie.

“[My dad] knows far more about technology than I do. He is constantly trying out the latest cameras and phones- for example, we had the iPhone 6 before it was released- and is rather good with computers in general. I use my computer for homework, the internet, and gaming, and that’s pretty much it,” Pogue said.

While many see parents being plugged in frequently as the average student as a drawback, other reap the benefits. Since parents are more connected than ever before, it is easier to reach them.

“A lot of the time my parents are still getting used to technology. But, social media is great because I can keep in contact with them when I need them or if they are far away,” Emily Eldh ’16 said.