Old School Tech Items Kids These Days Don’t Know Anything About
So this morning we got on the topic of how incoming freshman in high school were all most likely born in 2002, which makes them the first generation that wasn't alive during the horrific 911 attacks.
That sparked the topic of things kids around their age will never know about, so I started compiling a list.
Here is a list of some of the things our listeners came up with this morning:
Payphones. I mean, it would blow a kids mind nowadays to not only have to pay 50 cents for a phone call, but to also have to stand in one place to talk on the phone.
America Online Dial Up (AOL). These kids will never know that, before WiFi and high speed cable internet, we actually had to have a phone line in our house to dial up to the internet. Remember this in the video? That annoying noise is burned into my brain forever!
Old TV With Knobs And No Remote. Kids nowadays will never know about having to actually having to get up to change the channels on a television set. Plus, remember before you had cable and only had like 4 channels? You had to move the rabbit ears to get a good picture. By the way, honorable mention on the Atari 2600 video game, too.
Pagers. Remember when everyone had a pager? They came in every shape, size and color. That was our way of communicating with each other. Your parents or friends would page you from a land line, like 555-5555 911 911 911.
Or as kids, we would get hi-tech and text codes to each other like 900, which was the code for "We are at the Civic Center" or 458, which was code for "I Love You" because the numbers represented the first letter of all three words in "I love You". Cheesy, I know.
Jambox. Yes, this was our way of playing our music before iPods and MP3 players. We actually could tune to our radio station using the knobs to scroll across and also play our favorite cassette tapes.
Phone books. Yes children, Google was not always a thing. If we wanted to know someone's phone number, we actually had to pick up a book and find it. Most people now just search the web on their phone to get a number, and use phone books as kindling to start a bonfire.