1. Youve explained countless times what it is you do exactlyeven so much as telling them that they can literally but because nothing you do involves spreadsheets, its impossible to fully get through to them.

2. In fairness, they do ask a lot about your job. But its mostly questions that implore you in a wide-eyed, panicky manner to reexplain what it means when you say you work on the internet.

3. You wish you could conjure a comfy seat and a bucket of popcorn as soon as one of your parents friends asks your parents what you do. The explanation your parents come up with is not only ever-so-slightly off, but always ends in some kind of justification for youre working there. Aw.

4. Its even better when they unwittingly lie to their friends about your career because they just dont get it. Nope, youre not an editorbut your own online content.

5. They give you a lot of career advice that doesnt necessarily match up with what youre doing. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have!frankly, both options involve you wearing the exact same thing. You dont to wear a Lord & Taylor pantsuit to work for the internet, Mom.

6. Theyre not shy about expressing concern for your financial stability. You know theyve seen your pay stubs, but you sometimes wonder if theyre reading it as Monopoly money.

7. Anytime you get into a discussion with them, they always ask something like: Are you going to write a list for the internet about this?

8. Sometimes theyll go so far as to try and contribute their own ideas for you to use at work. Youll wake up to text messages that say things like: Your mother and I cant watch television with commercials anymore. You should write something about it.

9. If you spend time working from home, your parents translate it as you taking a day off. To them, it’s simply not feasible that you, donned in stained sweatpants and wearing a facial mask, could actually be earning money in that moment.

10. “?!?”

11. Theyve asked multiple times if youre considering any other job offers or graduate school.

12. They can’t hide how flabbergasted they are when you say that you’re on a first name basis with the CEO or Founder of the company you work at. Their confusion escalates when you talk about said CEO and/or Founder as if you two even work in the same room, prompting you to reexplain that, actually, you do.

13. They make it very clear that they hate it when you produce content that includes swear words, sex, angry rants, personal thoughts, real feelings, and anything to do with them.

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