This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.
While there are plenty of differences between Millennials and Gen Z, as digital natives we can all relate to one thing — being the in-house IT department for our parents.
We’ve all been there: When your mom wants to change her Facebook profile pic, you’re the expert. But one wrong click and suddenly — you’ve broken her entire phone, all her photos are gone, and it’s somehow your fault.
YouTuber Gus Johnson captures this hilarious juxtaposition of youth frustration versus parental struggle in his video titled “helping mom use the ipad.” Watching the video threw me straight back into circular conversations I’ve gone through with my own mom, who’s a big fan of calling all Apple products “iPods,” and referring to everything from the remote, to her phone, as “el tiki-tiki.”
In the sketch, the son, named Sven, attempts to show his mother how to navigate apps like Facebook and YouTube. Hilariously accusatory, the mother cries out, “Where did all my stuff go?” and “Get me back to Facebook!”.
Sven, like most of us teaching our parents technology, barely has any time to explain before the mom accidentally touches something and goes into a tizzy. When the mother frantically yells “don’t tell me, just show me!” and then a second later, “don’t show me, just tell me!”— I felt it in my soul.
Gus Johnson’s other sketch videos on his channel are worth the watch, as many of them also focus on the cringe-inducing realness of everyday life. Highlights include not wanting to wear a jack in winter, cracking your joints, and how every cat acts at 3 AM.