Why doesn’t she get it?!
As you’ve probably realized by now, Becky and I have some pretty great moms. We wouldn’t be who we are (read: awesome and self-congratulatory) without them. And more importantly, we wouldn’t know who to chat up on OkCupid.
So imagine our confusion when we realized that even our hip mothers – with their Facebook accounts and jager shots – are still struggling to get a grasp on our post-dating love lives. And more specifically, on our complete and utter commitment to engaging in Techno-Romance.
And suddenly it was clear. The tech stuff? They’re just never going to understand. It’s not their fault, or ours. We simply came of age in different times. Them, during the era of varsity letter pins. And us, during the era of Foursquare.
This epiphany actually came as a huge breath of fresh air. Once we understood that our mothers were never going to interpret that flirty text message or intriguing retweet the same way that we would, we stopped trying to convince them (and subsequently banging our heads on the walls when we failed). We stopped feeling crazy for reading into that Gchat exchange after seeing their blank faces, and stopped going to them for advice about that Facebook wall post. We acknowledged that we exist within different generations, and that it’s totally normal to sometimes even feel like we’re existing on different planets.
And we still love them, and them us.
So in today’s Huffington Post article, I delved into these differences and called out the perceptual roadblocks that we will inevitably hit while trying to update our mothers on our love lives. Do any of these scenarios ring true to you? Sound off in the comments section at the bottom of the piece…
5 TECHNO-ROMANCE TRUTHS THAT YOUR MOTHER WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND
Jess is the co-creator of Dating & Hookup, alongside her childhood best friend Becky Lynch, and is the author of the book - yep! - Dating & Hookup. She never tires of hearing your post-dating stories. She wants you to enjoy your love life, and is full of advice on how to do so.
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