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Resurfaced Clip Of Teens Attempting To Use A Rotary Phone Has People Feeling Super Old

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Those of us who were around when it was a big deal to get your house's first cordless phone might want to buckle up for this one. In an era that has largely left landlines in the past, it's easy to forget that our generations are keepers of dying knowledge.

With all of the advances in technology from the last twenty years, it's a little dizzying to keep in mind the generation of kids born in the early 2000s never lived a life before the internet was commonly in everybody's household and before most people had access to it at all times via mobile phones.

And then when you see it in action, you really feel how upsetting it is.

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In the video, two teen boys are wrestling with an old style rotary phone, trying to figure out how it works.

They're given four minutes to dial a single phone number.

They spend most of that time figuring out how to input a single number into the phone.




Rotary phones are an even older piece of technology than regular old landlines.

Rotary dials, in particular, were first patented in 1892. It was the dominant style of dial until the 1970s, when push-button phones became more popular.

Nowadays, smartphones don't even have buttons, but respond to taps and swipes.



As time goes on and technology continues to change, more and more of these videos will likely show up around Gen Z and Gen Alpha, their successors.

It's only a matter of time before we see videos of someone trying to work an iPod from 2008.