I’m Not Part of that Generation

There is something that really irks me. People have this tendency to assume that kids are ignorant when it comes to “older technologies”. This is akin to assuming that anyone of non-Caucasian ethnicity is a recent immigrant. Please don’t assume I don’t know what a landline is. I’m 17, but I’m sure this applies to younger kids.

Here is a list of the most common ones:

  • Records: I have a friend who owns a record player and shops at record stores.
  • VHS tapes: My childhood memories include watching movies on VHS. I still own VHS tapes and a VHS player.
  • CDs: Really? This is not an outdated technology.
  • Floppy disks: Again, I can remember using floppy disks, and it wasn’t that long ago.
  • Landlines: Everyone I know has a landline.
  • Manual transmissions: I have a friend who recently bought a new car with a manual transmission. He prefers them.
  • Dialup: I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve used dialup before.
  • Dedicated flip phones: Some of my friends still use those.
  • Cassette tapes: Most cars still have tape players, and most people probably have a selection of tapes sitting around somewhere.
  • Life before the mainstream Internet: I was there.
  • Books: Stop that.

So, for the sake of everyone, please don’t immediately assume a kid doesn’t know what a given technology is. Maybe they don’t, but it’s offensive either way.


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