Okay, so it was a retailer's survey , not a rigorously researched one from from academia. Still, it tells us something we've sort of known all along: We aren't tech-dummies but many of our grown kids think we are.
The bar is not exactly high. According to Best Buy's Parent-Millennial Child Tech Survey (of 1,000 parents and 1,000 grown kids), fewer than one-third of millennials think their parents are comfortable buying the right personal tech for themselves. Two-thirds of us, however, say we are. Only one-third of our kids give us credit for understanding our gear; 60 percent of us say we know how to get the most from our technology.
Almost half (47 percent) of our kids say we turn to them for tech help at least once a week. Only 17 percent of us admitted to that--although about half of us 'fess up that we bother them for tech advice roughly once a month.
There's a gender divide here. Among parents who considered their children to be the most trustworthy source of advice, 64 percent are moms and 36 percent are dads. Dad, it seems, would rather take their advice from expert reviews (60 percent) than hear it from a millennial son or daughter. When Moms turn to their kids for help, more often they call on their sons for tech help (39 percent) rather than than their daughters (28 percent).
The numbers came closer on one point: 62 percent of parents say their adult children are happy to help and 58 percent of adult children confirmed that.