iNews Online - Alex Finnis
Want to feel old? Like really, really, horribly old? 86 per cent of 6-18-year-olds in Britain have no idea what Teletext is. The same number have no idea what a pager is, and more than two thirds were clueless when shown a floppy disk. To most children these days, a floppy is nothing more than a 3D-printed save icon, but that shows how far we’ve come in the world of technology in less than two decades.
Technology from just a few years ago are relics Even millennials will remember saving their school work on floppies and reading football transfer news on Ceefax, but along with the likes of music cassettes, video tapes and mobile phones with buttons, they’re now nothing more than ancient relics.
These terrifying revelations come thanks to a YouGov survey, in which they asked 2,011 6-18-year-olds to identify pieces of technology used by previous generations. At 86 per cent, Teletext and the pager were the ones which most befuddled gen-Z, while 71 per cent couldn’t identify an overhead projector – a staple in school classrooms for many of us over the age of 21.
Despite the internet making it largely obsolete, Ceefax only disappeared from our televisions on 23 October 2012, less than six years ago. Pagers went out of fashion in the late ’90s thanks to mobile phones, while floppy disks were replaced by USB sticks, which themselves have now largely been phased out by online cloud storage. Records more recognisable than tapes.
The resurgence of vinyl means that more children were able to recognise a record player than a cassette tape – 40 per cent had no idea what the tape was, compared to 26 per cent for the record player, despite tapes being newer technology. Video tapes were also confusing – 37 per cent of the kids questioned couldn’t identify one, while four per cent couldn’t even tell you what an old Nokia-style mobile phone was. Most kids could identify this as a phone, but four per cent couldn’t.
Away from technology, almost a quarter of the children asked were baffled when shown a postcard, showing again how newer generations are rejecting snail mail. And perhaps the best nugget from this whole survey – from which you’ve grown eight new grey hairs just by reading – one of the 27% of kids who couldn’t identify a typewriter described it as “a thing that you write movies on”. Fair.