It's easy to complain about having to teach your parents how to use the internet, but the flip side of that is much worse. They could wield the power of the internet against you.
A mom going by Kerrisimo got sick of begging her 20-year-old son to take out the trash, so she posted a picture of her cupcake wrapper-filled bin to Imgur with the following plea to her son, D:
My son has been lurking here and constantly has his nose in the phone reading and laughing at stuff here. He doesn't hear me when I ask him to take the trash out. Help me get this to the front page please so maybe the trash will get taken out soon! Thank you!❤
D, you're doomed.
Other people on Imgur were so impressed by this mom's web-prowess that they gave her over 13,000 upvotes and left over 500 comments by Tuesday afternoon, pushing her post to the front page where her lazy son was forced to view it from the glow of his screen.
He was bombarded with tons of comments...
"D, your mom is cool enough to buy you cupcakes now TAKE OUT THE FREAKIN TRASH!"
D, you messy turd, you.
"D, your Mom's on the FP...You've been pwned!"
A mom you can ignore, but not the harassment from thousands of your anonymous peers.
As you can see, it worked. A clean trash can is your reward if you are a mom who listens to your kids and connects with them in their natural habitat. As she wrote in her post:
I know about lurking, front page, dank memes, Gary's Mod, Hat Fortress 2, Markiplier, Minecraft (which I play) because of my son. I may not be the cool mom but I do listen to him and what is of interest and important to him. Parenting any child you try to find ways to interact with them. Sometimes just reminding doesn't work. So I thought maybe I could get his attention and interact with him here.
There's a lesson to be learned here. If you want your kids to take out the trash, learn how to make a dank meme. And if you don't want your mom to ever say "dank meme," you better take out the trash.