Today’s kids are pretty lucky when it comes to how much easier life has become compared to the lives of our grandparents. There are so many things that they will not know at all because they have become obsolete in our lifetime.
Even toy phones now are made like cell phones. Who still owns a rotary phone except my grandmother? Most lines are now tone lines versus the old pulse lines. My grandmother has the original phone given to her by the telephone company when they installed the phone in the 1940s. It is a huge black piece of equipment that is quite heavy. It still works and is a testament to how far telecommunications have come in the past century. Not to mention the fact that they won’t see non cordless phones either. They will never know what it means to take a phone call and have to sit still in the same place until that phone call ends because the phone is attached to the wall with a cord. They also won’t know what it means to call their friends and have their mom tell them that their friend has gone out or is not at home.
Not Having Internet
The Internet was invented and became a hit in my lifetime. I was not born into a world with Internet, I didn’t have an email address or IM until I was a young teen. They on the other hand are born with their facebook or twitter accounts (created by their parents) they know how to google Barney before they go to preschool. To them every piece of information in the world is accessible and they know how to get it. They will not learn how to research a subject from books in a library. They will not think of Encyclopedias when they want to find something out. Britannica will not be synonymous to knowledge, Google will.
I am thinking of Egypt’s Channel 5 which is Alexandria’s channel. I am not making sense am I? Actually I was thinking about free to air satellite TV and all the channels that everyone has access to now. We had our first satellite receiver installed back in 1995 I think. The receiver was an ugly black analoge contraption. It gave us the freedom to watch non Egyptian TV. Kids today do not really understand what “limited choices” mean because well, their choices are limitless. Even if they can’t find something they like on TV they can always watch YouTube or Hulu or any of the channels streaming their content on the Internet. And if you have never watched channel 5 be very grateful.
Defrosting food the old fashioned way
Because they don’t know what it is like living before the microwave become a staple household item. They might not even learn how to make popcorn the old fashioned way.
Cassette Tapes and VHS tapes
Who would use tapes if they can get better quality from CDs and DVDs. I hated our VCR it would break down all the time and all the rewinding and fast forwarding. DVDs are so much cooler especially with director’s cuts and extras. MP3 players are also so much better than cassette tapes. The average MP3 player is the same size as a tape maybe much smaller but it holds a thousand times more in terms of audio. Even MP3 players have come a long way. Better quality audio, larger storage capacity and the ability to play video or show audio books.
What do you think the younger generations will not get to see or experience?