With current generations raised on the lightning-fast processing speeds and crystal clear graphics of Xboxes and PlayStations, sometimes I wonder if technology had robbed today’s kids from their childhood. It definitely gave them a better one no question about it, but better is not always fun.
Below are 10 things from your life that your kids would never recognize:
1. The Game Boy Black & White
With the PSP and the Ipad on the go, today’s kids will never know the torturing pleasure of collecting these little grey cartridges (Or exchanging them with friends).
Or performing the happy dance when buying a new battery! Chargers spoiled everything!
2. The Struggle Of Rewinding A Videotape
The agony of having to wait for one of these to finish rewinding..
Boy, that was devastating, and the fight you have with your sibling when they record on your tape, making you lose it forever…
3. When Your Tamagotchi Dies
It was easy to slip it in your pocket and play with in class, and if a teacher caught you, he/she wouldn’t even know what this gadget could do.
Yeah, eventually we couldn’t take care of them anymore because we ran out of battery, but that’s besides the point.
4. MSN Chatting With Your Pals After School
Once upon a time, before Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, our teen selves used to spend hours typing away in text boxes chatting to mates after school and on weekends. Using emojis wasn’t a piece of cake like today, you had to save every emoticon you saw on MSN.
I do love my Ipod, but I guess part of why I love it so much is the horror I’ve been through before Steve jobs came out with this invention. From the Walkman to the Discman….God I still have nightmares about how the CD player used to skip songs when I dared exercise while listening to music.
6. Get Your Kodak Film Developed
We will never take our kids to the photo store to get their films developed; they will never know the chagrin of finding that most of the pictures didn’t turn out very well.
7. Using the Landline To Login to the Internet
The sounds of dial-up Internet, as if your computer was trying to communicate with aliens, and when you would at last get the Internet to connect, someone might pick up the damn phone…you know the rest.
8. Exchanging Floppy disks
“Getting the pictures and files out of the computer!!! Is that even possible???” A common question every kid asked at school when the coolest kid in class showed off his floppy disk. Magic.
9. Playing Snake On your Nokia
2=↑ 8=↓ 6=→ 4=←
Come hell or high water, no app in the Appstore or the Playstore can outdo Snake.
10. A Single Landline For The Entire Family
Three common fights took place in every home when it came to the landline: waiting for someone to get off the line for you to use it, your sneaky little brother listening in to your call on the extension! And when the phone bill came… let’s just say things could get ugly.
If one of today’s kids travelled 10 years back in time, he/she might be dumbstruck with how unsophisticated and even primitive things were when it came to entertainment in comparison with today, but despite all that they were fun.