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Which means that, by default, they have become a part of the lives of parents of Millenials and Gen Z-ers. These staples of our generations have become so ubiquitous that we need to teach our parents what they mean now.
Obviously, this is easier said than done; so, without further ado, I present the best ways to try and teach parents what memes are.
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This is not something they are going to understand immediately. The more annoyed you get with them for not getting it right away, the worse this will be for you, trust me.
Start with bold-text, regular ol’ picture memes. Simple stuff that doesn’t rely on a lot of terms one might have to look up in Urban Dictionary. Maybe don’t throw vines in early on, either. Really, the simpler the idea, the better.
The last thing anybody needs is an adult who pronounces “meme” as “mémé”.
Memes, vines, and GIFs are all things that are so unique to our generations, it’s really no wonder parents won’t immediately get them. With that being said, try to relate them to things they understand. Use references to pop culture things they grew up with, compare them to things they already know. It’ll make the process 100 times easier on everybody involved.
There’s literally no such thing as over-explaining in this scenario, the more details, the better.
It might seem impossible, but it will help a lot to go into such a trying time with a good sense of humor. At the very least, it might help you feel less like ripping all your hair out.
Know that you are in my thoughts, and that I wish you the very best of luck.
Alexa Amaris is an English major at Florida State University who enjoys reading, writing, and FaceTiming her dog.