Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Top 10 Things Children Today Don't Recognize

Back in 2000, I was hearing my music skip on my Discman, rewinding video cassette tapes that I rented from the local video store, and listening to the dial-up tone as I waited for my computer to connect to the internet.

More than 15 years later, and I still find it hard to believe that I can listen to music, watch movies and videos, and surf the net at breakneck speeds—all on my cell phone!

I’m barely 30, and this WatchMojo video on the "Top 10 Things Children Today Don't Recognize" makes me feel twice as old!

I'm starting to feel like that old man who waxes long about how good kids have it today—because back in my day, we didn’t have all these fancy schmancy technological doo-dads. We had to wait 15 MINUTES just to hook up to the internet, and then we had to wait 15 MORE MINUTES just to wait for a webpage to show up with one image.

Then again, my fellow millennials and I can at least take solace in knowing that, within another 20 or 30 years, most kids today will have grown up to see that most of the technology they took for granted will be outdated and unrecognizable by the next generation. Then they will be the ones feeling old!

“You mean to tell me that you had to actually look at your phone's screen to read blog posts and tweets? And you had to wear earphones to listen to music? You mean you couldn’t just download all of that directly into your brain?!”