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Just For Fun: Are Your Kids Exposed to 'Old' Technology?

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM
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Kids Have Epic Reactions to Rotary Phone in Hilarious

by Lisa Fogarty

It seems like decades ago we were using rotary phones. Ah, that's because it was decades ago, wasn't it?! Can anyone else remember sitting on the couch or standing in the kitchen and letting their fingers dwindle on the rotary dial. Never mind whether you had to make an urgent call or not -- just placing that call was going to take minutes longer than it ever would on a cell! Remember what a dial tone sounded like? What about a busy signal? Can you even imagine not being able to get in touch with someone because he or she is already on the phone with someone else? Puh-leeze.

It's easy for adults to forget the crazy, hazy days of rotary phones. Now imagine placing one in the hands of a 5-, 9-, or 13-year-old and expecting them to know how to even hold the prehistoric device. That's exactly what The Fine Brothers did and the children's reactions -- caught on video -- are priceless.

Let's break down some of the best moments from this video that show just what happened when these kids were presented with a bright yellow rotary phone featuring a receiver so huge it pretty much dwarfs most of them!

1. Initial reactions to seeing a rotary phone:

"How does this work?"

"This is like phones that my mom used as a kid!"

2. Interviewer asks children if they know what this type of phone is called:

"A dial phone."

3. Children are asked to show how they think the rotary phone is used:

"How do you even? Wha? What? How do you dial?"

Other amazing reactions include the succinct "Whoa" and -- when shown how to actually work a rotary dial -- "That takes a long time." I bet you didn't realize rotary dialing isn't intuitive?

4. When told that they had to pick up the receiver and listen for a mystical sound that we used to call a "dial tone":

"I think I've heard of that."

5. After the interviewer explains the purpose of a busy signal and how you could call someone and he/she wouldn't even know you called:

"I mean that's just not fair."

Another girl remarked: "I want to keep my iPhone."

6. Ahh, the beauty of the long-distance phone call. These kids had a really difficult time understanding why we had to pay more to call someone who lived in a different area code:

"Awwww."

Another boy remarked, "That's really just ... they shouldn't do that."

7. Question: How do you send a text?

"If you want it to do 'A,' you only do it once ... if you want it to do 'B,' you do it twice ... would it be like you pick up the phone and it's in Morse code or something?"

8. When's the last time you used a pay phone?

"What's a pay phone?!"

This video is all kinds of awesome. Watch it and feel both older than your years and incredibly happy that you had the chance to experience the mysterious and wacky rotary dial.


Have your children ever seen a rotary phone? How do they react to old technology?

by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

HAHAHAHAHA!

TidewaterClan
by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

That's great!  My parents gave my girls a rotary phone.  Unfortunately they can't make calls out of the house because of our phone carrier, but they can pick them up.  

They also have my old typewriter from college.  It was made in Japan, so it's very retro. :)  My youngest loves it more than typing on the pc.

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

This almost seems like a setup to me.  Hasn't everyone seen the kid's toy?    My kids had one and almost every nursery I've ever used has had one of those (church, dentist, and doctor).

MaryJarrett
by Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM
My kids have a rotary phone. It work if we plugged it in. We also have a few vintage toys.
jen2150
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM
My kids would love one to take apart. LOL I love showing them some of the old toys. My son wants a typewriter.
usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

 My kids had one too! My children have also played on old Super Nintendo,Atari, as well as the original Game Boy, & Game Boy Color!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

This almost seems like a setup to me.  Hasn't everyone seen the kid's toy?    My kids had one and almost every nursery I've ever used has had one of those (church, dentist, and doctor).

 

Jilectan
by Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

My kids have a Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advanced they like to play Pokemon games on. My ds, especially, likes the retro games. We have some emulators on a computer and he likes to play the old Final Fantasy, Super Mario, and Chrono Trigger games. I remember playing those when they were new!

We also have Final Fantasy 1 and 2 on an old cell phone ds plays with.

Quoting usmom3:

 My kids had one too! My children have also played on old Super Nintendo,Atari, as well as the original Game Boy, & Game Boy Color!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

This almost seems like a setup to me.  Hasn't everyone seen the kid's toy?    My kids had one and almost every nursery I've ever used has had one of those (church, dentist, and doctor).

 


bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Lately my kids like the SNES better than their wii!  LOL They also like the Atari.  Never had a Game Boy though.  We also have an old Apple IIc and they love to play Carmen Sandiego, Oregon Trail, Space Invaders LOL!  So yeah, mine get a lot of the "old" technology.

Quoting usmom3:

 My kids had one too! My children have also played on old Super Nintendo,Atari, as well as the original Game Boy, & Game Boy Color!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

This almost seems like a setup to me.  Hasn't everyone seen the kid's toy?    My kids had one and almost every nursery I've ever used has had one of those (church, dentist, and doctor).

 


mamavalor
by Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Yes, I found my old portable hand held TV the other day and gave it to my son.  He thought it was awesome, even though he could only get one channel.

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

You know to be fair.... may kids don't get "real" TV, we just have netflix and hulu.  So they all think that commercials are freakin TORTURE!  LOL.  They asked grandma how she ever did it in the old days when you HAD to watch the commercials!  LOL

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