My son came home today and told me that he left his folder on his teacher’s desk. When I asked him where exactly he placed it he said, “By that thing with the cord on it. My teacher picks it up like this, (he acted it out) and talks to people.” He knows what a cell phone is and even a cordless phone, but he could not come up with a name for that corded contraption. “A phone?”
I’m not making fun of my son, but it is funny how we have gotten to the point where that type of phone is seen as a foreign object. It reminds me of when people talk to me about eight-track tapes. I’ve never seen one in person and I probably wouldn’t know what it was if I did.
As children, my siblings and I all shared an Atari. When we first got that game station, we couldn’t believe what it could do. I’m sure we felt like the coolest kids in our neighborhood. That was the big thing back then. Mention an Atari now and most young people would have no clue what you just said to them.
Give it time and just about everything we use will be obsolete. This web page that you are looking at right now is proof of that. When is the last time you picked up a physical paperback book to read? Or wrote a journal entry with a pencil or received a letter in the mail?
Times are changing. I wonder what will be considered as an antique when we’re 90 years old.