I spent a small piece of my afternoon texting with my 16-year-old mentee about math homework.
Her: I have a ? wats a hypotenuse.
Me [Googling “hypotenuse” because, before I realize we’re talking about math homework, all I can think is, A misspelling of hypotension?]: Just looked it up: the longest side of a right triangle. i haven’t done geometry in a LONG time!
Her: Um do u knw how to find it if 1 side is equal 9 & da other 1 to 12?
Me: Pythagorean theorem? i’ll ask my math teacher sister and get back to u!
The world’s most roundabout math tutoring session then ensued, with me texting my sister and then texting my mentee. Someone really needs to work on getting “+” and “=” signs onto the text menu. I understand that the square root sign probably has a limited audience. (Shut up, all you people with iPhones. I know you probably have a “+” and an “=” already. You probably have a fucking math homework application.)
Is it lame that I felt kind of cutting-edge? I was all, Look at me! Texting about math! I live in the future! As if I am now equipped to raise teenagers because I type “u” instead of “you” sometimes.
It is probably the equivalent of the conversation I witnessed on the Facebook wall of my really awesome 60-something Aunt Connee:
Karen: Hey Connee! What is the difference between facebook and e-mail?
Connee: KAREN, WHO THE HECK KNOWS. THE IMPORTANT PART IS THAT WE ARE NOW TRENDY. TALK TO YOU THE OLD FASHIONED WAY SOON ON THE TELEPHONE.