If you think YOLO is a probiotic yoghurt brand and Zooming is something you do when driving your car, chances are you're becoming less and less tech savvy.
A gallery of accidental chin selfies in your camera roll and Google searches such as "how to take a screenshot" are telltale signs it's time to brush up on your digital life skills.
But it turns out there are several easy shortcuts to becoming a modern-day tech whizz. As a Gen Zer, I've carefully curated some of the most common questions my parents and grandparents have thrown my way - so you can become your own techxpert.
A year ago, none of us really knew what Zoom was. Now it's our default for everything from work meetings to family chats. If breakout rooms have you stumped and you always end up accidentally muting yourself, you'll be well aware of the pitfalls.
Turns out you can toggle your settings so you're automatically muted with your camera off when you join the meeting. And when you do want to appear on screen, you can get fancy with beauty mode or a virtual background of your choice.
Of course, the most important skill to master when it comes to Zoom is the nonchalant expression instead of staring blankly into the void as you attempt to leave the meeting for the third time. And yes, it usually takes about three tries to successfully leave.
Don't screenshot in the dark
Saving an image of what's on your phone screen can be very useful. But they work differently on different phone models and it's easy to get them confused and end up turning your phone off or the sound up way too loud instead.
If you have an Android phone, there are a couple of ways to take a screenshot: either press the power and volume buttons at the same time or press and hold the power button for a few seconds and tap screenshot. To take a screenshot on an iPhone with Face ID, simultaneously press and then release the side button and volume up button. On an iPhone with a home button, press and release the home button and the side button or sleep/wake button at the same time. Then tap the screenshot to edit or save it.
How to work the selfie cam
You'll probably remember the days before most phones had front-facing cameras and you had to do some awkward gymnastics to take a picture of your face with your flip phone.
The accidental chin selfie is the butt dial of 2021. It's embarrassing, usually unsolicited, and almost always an accident because your camera is turned the wrong way round.
To avoid this, here are a few selfie shortcuts. They look best taken from a height and at an angle rather than directly facing the camera. Practise a few times to find your angles and make sure the lighting is good - shadows are never flattering.
Screen sharing is caring
Most of us have never had to learn how to share our computer screens to other people's devices until we had to start working from home. And while the concept strikes fear into the hearts of remote workers everywhere, there are some apps you can download that make the whole process easier - and won't leave you yelling, "Can everyone see my screen?" to a sea of muted Zoom faces.
Become a YouTube whizz
When it comes to sharing and watching YouTube videos, it can get surprisingly complicated. Turns out there are several handy shortcuts that can make life a whole lot easier. Next time you're watching fail compilations with the kids, pull out these shortcuts and blow them away. You can simply press m to mute and unmute the sound, f to make it full screen, and 0 to go back to the beginning of the video. Here's a full list of shortcuts to file away for later.
Mastering the art of Facebook tags
Tagged your child in a funny post on Facebook but wondering why they haven't responded to your comment? Facebook tags only work if you type @ before their name - most of the time that handy pop-up that used to appear doesn't work anymore. When you @ them it creates a link to their profile so they'll be sure to see it.
Don't get stuck in aeroplane mode
Granted, most of us haven't had the remotest reason to even use aeroplane mode for over a year now - but with the Transtasman bubble open, chances are you'll be using it again before long. But aeroplane mode isn't just for planes. When you don't want to be contacted via calls, messages or any other form of communication you can just switch it off. The trick is remembering to turn it back on - there should be a shortcut in your swipe up or down menu on your screen, otherwise find it in your settings.
Print like a pro
Connecting a wired printer is easy, but now with most models wireless, they can leave you tearing your hair out and screaming at the printer as it munches up your documents and spits ink all over your carpet - we've all been there, right?
Turns out there's more than one kind of wireless printer. Bluetooth-enabled, infrared, IrDA, and Wi-Fi printers, which is what most of us have in our homes. But it doesn't have to be a mystery when it comes to setting them up. You can connect via a Wi-Fi access point on a network, an individual computer, or even a smartphone or tablet - you can read a more in-depth explanation here.
Don't get your cables in a twist
Ever wondered what HDMI stands for? Same. Turns out it's an acronym for "high definition multimedia interface" and is used for transferring high-quality audio and video via a cable.
There are different connectors and ports and most TVs, laptops and other devices will have one of these: a standard, mini or micro HDMI connector. It's best to stock up on all of these so you don't get stuck without the right cable. Not to be confused with USB connectors, which stands for universal serial bus. These let you attach devices like mice and printers to your laptop or PC. Your home office will thank you.
Spotting online scams
Online scammers are getting smarter - so how do you tell whether an email, text or Facebook message is genuine or it's from someone trying to con you out of your money?
Scam messages claim to be from all sorts of places, from ACC to government departments to dating apps to phone companies. You can even get scammed through Facebook messages, either fake accounts or your friends get hacked.
Kiwis get stung by scams all the time - so how do you spot the scammer? There are usually a few telltale signs. Is it written in a threatening tone? Does it ask for your personal information or passwords or take you to the wrong website addresses? It might help to compare it to similar emails you've received. If the message claiming to be from the IRD looks a lot different from the last letter you got in the mail, chances are it's fake.
A good rule of thumb is not to open the message or link if you're unsure about it - and definitely don't give out your banking details.
LOL doesn't mean what you think
Last but not least, stop using LOL in text messages to mean "lots of love".
It actually means "laugh out loud", and - I cannot stress this enough - correct usage will save you from endless millennial mockery.