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It's tough being a grown up.


Not only are you expected to have all the answers, you're also expected to be a master in all forms of everything ever in all of existence. A knowledge shortage can lead to feelings of inadequacy, as well as mockery. Ask for help if you need it. Don't be like these people.

Reddit user, u/Steyn_03, wanted to know what you couldn't believe you had to break down when they asked:

What is the most basic thing you've had to explain to an adult?

Technology Is Scary, Isn't It?

As we get older, it can feel like technology slips further and further away from us. However, so long as you keep an open mind, willing to absorb the things you might have missed, then you'll be fine. Don't be like these people.

It Goes "One-Two"

How to double-click a mouse. He didn't get it, despite repeated demonstrations. And I was supposed to teach this guy how to build a database. -.-

Outcasted_introvert

How did that interaction end?

kipopadoo

The chap in question retired. 😳

Outcasted_introvert

Gotta Save Up Them Mega-Flop-Bytes For The Harsh Winter Months

Turning off the router doesn't save WiFi

Perxwxnkle

I wonder if the digital generations of today will be as digitally handicapped when we get up in age and current technology has advanced to something that is almost unrecognizable to what we were brought up with.

DarthTheRaider

I don't think it's the people that's the issue. If people resist learning the new tech, they become digitally handicapped. I know people in their 40s, 50s, and even late 60s who are perfectly okay with our tech and are not digitally handicapped. If you decide to learn new tech stuff as it grows and advances, you won't have this handicap.

SMGeet

Let's Go To The Blackboard

When working retail: percentages.

Our clearance was usually 50% off. Then at the end of the season it would be an additional 50% off. Our signage would normally say something about taking an additional 50% off of lowest sticker price. But then they'd see the small print on the sticker indicating it was already 50% off, and they'd come up to the register all in a tizzy.

Like how dare we use deceptive business practices. If we honored our advertising this should be free because 50+50=100 and 100% off means free.

I had to give way too many people basic math lessons in my nice customer service voice, all while they gave me the distrustful stink eye.

AhemExcuseMeSir

Basic Adulting Skills

Sometimes, skills slip through the cracks. Maybe your parents didn't teach you or maybe you forgot because it's been too long since you've done the skill in question. Either way, it's still a little funny when you forget how frying something works.

Still Don't Put Chicken On It

You have to cook the chicken all the way through.

It's not steak, you can't have it "medium-rare".

tbonemistake

you could.. but it comes with salmonella

purpleshirtbluepants

Where Do You Think The Name "Fry" Comes From?

I have a friend who is not the brightest individual. We were hanging out at his place one night and had the munchies. He asked if I wanted some french fries, I said absolutely. Well 20 minutes later or so, he summoned me to his kitchen. He couldn't understand why the fries turned out a mushed mess. He had tried to "fry" them in boiling water, you know, like they do at fast food joints, lol. I had to explain to my dear friend that they aren't boiling the fries in water, its oil, you halfwit. That was 20 years ago and I still get a kick out of it.

1980pzx

Brush, Not Pick. Brush!

not me but my friend.

she is a dental assistant and had to explain to an 18 year old patient of hers that he needs to brush his teeth everyday with a toothbrush (he "brushed" his teeth once a day with a toothpick, yes, his gums were completely ripped and his teeth full of holes and caries). my friend had to go get a model and a toothbrush and show him how long and where to brush

gryffingirl_

And Everything Else...

Then there's everything else, the things that can't quite be categorized as a particular set of skills you need. Rather, these are the ones you'd hope you can pick up on through osmosis because asking someone about what "morning wood" is not a conversation you want to have.

Do Your Research

I have to explain marginal tax rates every year during tax season.

It is shocking to see adults willingly turn down overtime and bonuses for fear of paying more taxes.

growingalittletestie

That's Not How Money Works

Had to explain to my brother that he can't buy an 80k dollar car on his 12 dollars an hour job. Not even in payments, he wanted to save up the full amount. I literally had to sit down with him and do the math. It would've taken him 15 years to save up that money.

Also it wasn't even for him he wanted to give it to his girlfriend for graduation lol he's 20 and she's 18. I told him bro just save that up for a house

TheZamasu

And this is how the 2008 housing crisis happened. People like this and banks that let them do it.

Midgetmunky13

Wow...

Back in college, my girlfriend said, "I don't understand how you can find me so sexy first thing in the morning."

I asked, "What do you mean?"

"Well, whenever you wake up next to me, you're so... you know... down there..."

Apparently she had no idea what morning wood was, or that it had nothing to do with her.

captainmagictrousers

Don't feel bad about a gap in your knowledge. The problem with these people is they might not have been big enough to push their ego aside and ask for help. There's always a chance to learn something you might have missed out on growing up.

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