The Horror of it All!

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:52 am EST

This has got to be one of the dumbest things I’ve read in a long time…

Mom, Dad … How did you get my screen name? [Daily Pennsylvanian]

Upon settling into her room in the Quadrangle, College freshman Kira Campbell found herself staring at her computer screen at an instant message from a screen name she did not recognize.

It did not take her long to realize that the stranger asking her about her day was none other than her own mother.

“My parents got a screen name just to talk to me,” Campbell said. “That’s pretty crazy.”

Since her parents are not especially computer-savvy, Campbell is not sure how her they knew how to instant message her. “I guess they figured it out on their own,” she said with a laugh, noting that now she cannot put up any away messages with a more “controversial” nature.

Campbell’s situation is hardly unique. Parents have likely had a hard time letting go of their children away at college since the founding of the earliest universities. But in the digital age parents have a much easier time keeping tabs on their children.

Are you kidding me? Since when is it news that the parents of Ivy League students have computers? And *gasp* they want to keep in touch with their kids? Who knew?

The author writes her “situation is hardly unique,” like she’s pregnant or something! If it’s really such a big problem, how about getting a second screen name? Did that ever cross your mind? Or maybe you thought you could only use one name because you grew up attached to the mindless brain-sucking beast that is AOL?

Later in the article, we learn the shocking news that some parents also email their children. Oh the humanity!

Perhaps this is just so ludicrous to me because I was communicating electronically with my parents back before people were even worried about Y2K. I don’t know. But this further supports my argument that Ivy League kids are just as dumb as every other college student.

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