Inventive teen used a smart fridge to tweet after her mother took away her phone


Kids these days, eh? Can’t even take away their smart devices any more. If you do, they just go ahead and access social platforms from smart-home devices. That’s exactly what this fifteen-year-old on Twitter did when her mother confiscated her smart devices one by one. 

Twitter user Dorothy (@thankunext327) attained Twitter fame by hopping from device to device as her mother found and confiscated her tools: first her phone, then her ‘Nintendo’, then her Wii U, and finally, her family’s smart fridge. Her mother wasn’t able to confiscate that last one though. 

“I’m talking to my fridge what the heck”

Dorothy’s mother wanted her to “pay more attention to her surroundings,” leading to the confiscation of various devices. After Dorothy sent a tweet saying her mom had taken her phone, another tweet was published, seemingly from her mother, stating: “I seen [sic]that Dorothy has been using twitter on her Nintendo. This account will be shut down now.”

Dorothy really had to get creative, especially after she lost access to her Wii U,  She continued by sending a tweet from her LG Smart refrigerator: “I’m talking to my fridge what the heck,” she said.

The Guardian interviewed the industrious teen online, to which she replied: “I may be late to reply, as it is difficult to find something to use Twitter.”

But the incident does illustrate a few things: how ubiquitous connected devices have become, how tenacious younger folks are when it comes to connecting to social media, and how hard it is to suspect access to the internet. Unless you’re using ADSL and someone’s nicked the cables again. Or you’re using wireless internet and load shedding has gone on so long that nearby cell towers have stopped working. Both of those seem like very South African problems, and we’d expect South African solutions. Like venturing someplace with a generator and free WiFi. 

Source: The Guardian


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