Things Kids These Days Won't Understand.

  • thatirishbast...

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    Dec 02, 2012 1:48 PM GMT
    Here's a list of things that kids born in the coming New Year may never understand. It's a combination of several lists found elsewhere. Any disagreements? Additions?

    Only one I'm not sure about is bookstores. Sure, Borders went out of business, but in my opinion there will always be a place for print books.

    Video tape: Starting this year, the news stories we produce here at Money Talks have all been shot, edited, and distributed to TV stations without ever being on any kind of tape. Not only that, the tape-less broadcast camera we use today offers much higher quality than anything that could have been imagined 10 years ago -- and cost less than the lens on the camera we were using previously.

    Travel agents: While not dead today, this profession is one of many that's been decimated by the Internet. When it's time for their honeymoon, will those born in 2011 be able to find one?

    The separation of work and home: When you're carrying an email-equipped computer in your pocket, it's not just your friends who can find you -- so can your boss. For kids born this year, the wall between office and home will be blurry indeed.

    Books, magazines, and newspapers: Like video tape, words written on dead trees are on their way out. Sure, there may be books -- but for those born today, stores that exist solely to sell them will be as numerous as record stores are now.

    Movie rental stores: You actually got in your car and drove someplace just to rent a movie?

    Watches: Maybe as quaint jewelry, but the correct time is on your smartphone, which is pretty much always in your hand.

    Paper maps: At one time these were available free at every gas station. They're practically obsolete today, and the next generation will probably have to visit a museum to find one.

    Wired phones: Why would you pay $35 every month to have a phone that plugs into a wall? For those born today, this will be a silly concept.

    Long distance: Thanks to the Internet, the days of paying more to talk to somebody in the next city, state, or even country are limited.

    Newspaper classifieds: The days are gone when you have to buy a bunch of newsprint just to see what's for sale.

    Dial-up Internet: While not everyone is on broadband, it won't be long before dial-up Internet goes the way of the plug-in phone.

    Encyclopedias: Imagine a time when you had to buy expensive books that were outdated before the ink was dry. This will be a nonsense term for babies born today.

    Forgotten friends: Remember when an old friend would bring up someone you went to high school with, and you'd say, "Oh yeah, I forgot about them!" The next generation will automatically be in touch with everyone they've ever known even slightly via Facebook.

    Forgotten anything else: Kids born this year will never know what it was like to stand in a bar and incessantly argue the unknowable. Today the world's collective knowledge is on the computer in your pocket or purse. And since you have it with you at all times, why bother remembering anything?

    The evening news: The news is on 24/7. And if you're not home to watch it, that's OK -- it's on the smartphone in your pocket.

    CDs: First records, then 8-track, then cassette, then CDs -- replacing your music collection used to be an expensive pastime. Now it's cheap(er) and as close as the nearest Internet connection.

    Film cameras: For the purist, perhaps, but for kids born today, the word "film" will mean nothing. In fact, even digital cameras -- both video and still -- are in danger of extinction as our pocket computers take over that function too.

    Yellow and White Pages: Why in the world would you need a 10-pound book just to find someone?

    Catalogs: There's no need to send me a book in the mail when I can see everything you have for sale anywhere, anytime. If you want to remind me to look at it, send me an email.

    Fax machines: Can you say "scan," ".pdf" and "email?"

    One picture to a frame: Such a waste of wall/counter/desk space to have a separate frame around each picture. Eight gigabytes of pictures and/or video in a digital frame encompassing every person you've ever met and everything you've ever done -- now, that's efficient. Especially compared to what we used to do: put our friends and relatives together in a room and force them to watch what we called a "slide show" or "home movies."

    Wires: Wires connecting phones to walls? Wires connecting computers, TVs, stereos, and other electronics to each other? Wires connecting computers to the Internet? To kids born in 2011, that will make as much sense as an electric car trailing an extension cord.

    Hand-written letters: For that matter, hand-written anything. When was the last time you wrote cursive? In fact, do you even know what the word "cursive" means? Kids born in 2011 won't -- but they'll put you to shame on a tiny keyboard.

    Talking to one person at a time: Remember when it was rude to be with one person while talking to another on the phone? Kids born today will just assume that you're supposed to use texting to maintain contact with five or six other people while pretending to pay attention to the person you happen to be physically next to.

    Retirement plans: Yes, Johnny, there was a time when all you had to do was work at the same place for 20 years and they'd send you a check every month for as long as you lived. In fact, some companies would even pay your medical bills, too!


    Mail: What's left when you take the mail you receive today, then subtract the bills you could be paying online, the checks you could be having direct-deposited, and the junk mail you could be receiving as junk email? Answer: A bloated bureaucracy that loses billions of taxpayer dollars annually.

    Commercials on TV: They're terrifically expensive, easily avoided with DVRs, and inefficiently target mass audiences. Unless somebody comes up with a way to force you to watch them -- as with video on the Internet -- who's going to pay for them?

    Commercial music radio: Smartphones with music-streaming programs like Pandora are a better solution that doesn't include ads screaming between every song.

    Hiding: Not long ago, if you didn't answer your home phone, that was that -- nobody knew if you were alive or dead, much less where you might be. Now your phone is not only in your pocket, it can potentially tell everyone -- including advertisers -- exactly where you are.
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    Dec 02, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    Times are changing.....just had this same conversation with friends last night.
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    Dec 02, 2012 2:57 PM GMT
    I disagree with the work and home. It really depends on what type of work you do. There are some jobs where you come home your done there's nothing you can do until you go back to work the next day...and there are other jobs were e-mailing 24/7 is your work...

    Personally for me..I have a job where when you leave work that is it...unless you are on call (but im not gonna count that, since were never on call 24/7)


    But hey times change all the time, there is a lot of stuff you and I dont understand about when are parents where kids..and same for them...

    Also be happy about the long distance part...if you catch my drift icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 02, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    Wow, thought-provoking list... probably my least favorite thing on it is the "Talking to one person at a time." What's scary is not that we are able to do this or do this at all - but that there may be people who have no idea that that could be rude.

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    Dec 02, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    They will never understand this!!!..

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  • calibro

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    Dec 02, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    not to mention writing with a quill and ink
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    "Watches: Maybe as quaint jewelry, but the correct time is on your smartphone, which is pretty much always in your hand."

    I've heard this prediction before, and indeed fewer young people are wearing wristwatches. But using a smartphone to check the time seems to me as clumsy & slow as when men carried big pocket watches on chains.

    I like being able to check the time with a simple glance at a watch that's always within easy sight. Plus a watch can be a piece of jewelry and a fashion statement, only "quaint" if you fail to see its utility.

    Or maybe the assumption is that people carry their smartphones in their hands all the time, that they don't get carried in pockets, purses, belt holsters or other means. I enjoy technology, generally get the latest of everything, but only when I believe it's an advantage to me, not creating an additional burden.
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    You do know, Art, that wristwatches are a 20th Century affectation....
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    calibro saidnot to mention writing with a quill and ink

    This is not the first time I've read a post and looked to the left and saw Calibro was the poster and, not as I suspected, Aristoshark. And that's a compliment.
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidYou do know, Art, that wristwatches are a 20th Century affectation....

    Then what are cars, airplanes, televisions & computers?
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    Settling differences with a duel. Twenty paces has gone the way of the Brontosaurus. Now you just do a drive by. SMH

    And SMH again.
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    I'd say Cartoons are gone nowadays as well.

    At least the good ones anyways.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 02, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    What's next? Wireless robot sex???

    (you don't need a condom, but UV protection is recommended.)
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    Rock Paper Scissors solving every issue or flipping a coin. Now an Ipad does that for you icon_sad.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 02, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    Incandescent light bulbs made people look better. R.I.P. good lighting. icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    turbobilly saidYou do know, Art, that wristwatches are a 20th Century affectation....

    Then what are cars, airplanes, televisions & computers?


    Watches have been around for centuries. The idea of strapping one on a wrist is a modern innovation.
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike said
    calibro saidnot to mention writing with a quill and ink

    This is not the first time I've read a post and looked to the left and saw Calibro was the poster and, not as I suspected, Aristoshark. And that's a compliment.


    just as long as you don't confuse the two of us in bed
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidRock Paper Scissors solving every issue or flipping a coin. Now an Ipad does that for you icon_sad.gif

    You forgot armwrestling. Most of what I know about US history came from losing to my brothers at armwrestling.
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike said
    msuNtx saidRock Paper Scissors solving every issue or flipping a coin. Now an Ipad does that for you icon_sad.gif

    You forgot armwrestling. Most of what I know about US history came from losing to my brothers at armwrestling.


    I've never won a battle of arm-wrestling. Probably still wouldn't today. I flop like a fish
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:53 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike said
    msuNtx saidRock Paper Scissors solving every issue or flipping a coin. Now an Ipad does that for you icon_sad.gif

    You forgot armwrestling. Most of what I know about US history came from losing to my brothers at armwrestling.


    if you lost they made you rub oil on them and then summarize the war of 1812?
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidGreat Post. I will say, it's interesting to see how technology is changing the way we live. I'm listening to music now, that's not even stored on my phone, but streaming over Spotify across the room via Bluetooth on a speaker set, that is a keyboard all-in-one meant for an iPad.
    Yes.. wireless is a beautiful thing!
    OMG I love when you talk all techie...turns me on! icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    calibro said
    Coach_Mike said
    msuNtx saidRock Paper Scissors solving every issue or flipping a coin. Now an Ipad does that for you icon_sad.gif

    You forgot armwrestling. Most of what I know about US history came from losing to my brothers at armwrestling.


    if you lost they made you rub oil on them and then summarize the war of 1812?

    No, it would be like
    "George Jefferson was Thomas Jefferson's son by Sally Hemmings."
    "Was not."
    "Was so."
    "I'll armwrestle you"
    "OK"
    SLAM
    "George Jefferson is Thomas Jefferson's son."
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    Dec 02, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    Fizzies...
  • starboard5

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    Dec 02, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidI'd say Cartoons are gone nowadays as well.

    At least the good ones anyways.


    And by "good ones" I'm assuming you mean Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies because by comparison, even the stuff you grew up with was crap.
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    Dec 02, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    The directions 'clockwise' and 'counter clockwise' is nearly dead.