People often say that technology makes our lives easier - yeah, right!
The truth is that technology is responsible for a lot of the daily headaches we put up with, especially if you’re a parent.
Our own parents and grandparents only had to worry about their children getting up to no good in typical, time-honored ways like sneaking out to see their friends. Now, kids can get into just as much trouble at home, using their cell phones and computers.
In fact, a six-year-old from New Jersey proved that even Alexa - Amazon’s voice-activated personal assistant - can become a child’s partner in crime if their parents aren’t supervising them.
Mom Yerelyn Cueva taped the moment when she caught her son, Jariel, filling out his math homework with help from her Amazon Echo smart device.
"Alexa, what’s five minus three?" he asked, and the machine fed him the answer before Cueva busted in and confronted her son.
Cueva’s video has since been watched more than 8 million times, and she revealed it probably wasn’t the first time Jariel used the device to fill out his homework, since the device was in her home for a week before she caught him.
Lmfao should i whoop him now or later pic.twitter.com/mZEJsWWn4W— Yerelyn (@spanishbarbie22) December 20, 2018
But she also insists that her son is bright, and actually excels in math. She just says he was being "lazy" by relying on Alexa to do his homework.
Online commenters actually agree, applauding the first grader for figuring out how to use the smart device to his advantage.
Some even compared Jariel to Albert Einstein, because the famous physicist never bothered to memorize any figures that he could easily look up in a book.
"[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available," he once said.
"The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think."
Six-year-old Jariel is not even the most unlikely Alexa user to go viral this month. That honor belongs to an African Grey parrot named Rocco, who used his owner’s smart device to shop for raisins and broccoli.
Marion Wischnewski, a worker at the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire, England, told LADbible that Rocco’s cheeky habit had become a daily nuisance.
"I have to check the shopping list when I come in from work and cancel all the items he's ordered," she said. "They chat away to each other all day. Often, I come in and there is music playing."
Rocco’s species is known as the most intelligent and well-spoken breed of parrot, but the bird’s chatty personality has caused him no end of trouble.
Wischnewski said Rocco was actually rehomed because his non-stop swearing got on his former owner's nerves.
[H/T: Yahoo Lifestyle]