Watching kids befuddled by legacy technology is like shooting fish in a barrel — easy, but oddly enjoyable.
And the “Kids React” series on YouTube runs with that premise, and one of their latest subjects — rotary phones — will make even 30-something college grads feel old. Like your humble Technical Editor. Who’s still a spring chicken at the ripe old age of 32.
Predictably, showing children — ranging in age from 5 to 13 — a rotary phone is a bit like introducing an iPod to cavemen.
"This is like something that my mom used as a kid," says one. "The first ones that Alexander Graham Bell invented," says another, referring to the prehistoric gadget before them.
Most had no idea what a dial tone or busy signal is, and a scant few had an inkling what “long distance” means. Which is where I start to feel old — even cell phones had long distance at one point.
But ... before you lose all faith in humanity, know that even the 5-year-old seemed familiar with relatively advanced technology like cellular handsets — which, when you think about the comparatively primitive technology that past generations grew up with, is pretty amazing.