Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by RAMA, Mar 8, 2016.
Yes, I think that happened to me in middle school computing class a couple times.
Here's the deal.
Teens think they are a lot smarter than their parents. Parents know a lot of stuff that their kids have no idea about, but good luck telling the kids.
Teens don't want to listen to their parents, because they have no patience for an "old person" trying to explain stuff. Parents (and grandparents) know a lot about a bunch of stuff that kids don't want to hear. The kids have to discover things for themselves.
It was easier for us older folks to "know everything" when we were teens, because there was less stuff to know, and our grandparents were closer to knowing everything, because there was less to know. And so on, and so on ...
There is a lot more to learn in the world today, but young'uns think they are way ahead of the game. Kids, tweens, teens, would be a couple of steps ahead if they'd slow down and listen to us old folks.
We might be able to give them a shortcut or two that they haven't thought of yet.
People who gripe about "kids today" have been around since time of immemorial, and suffer from juvenoia.
Thing is, it's irrelevant to me how much anything costs in the US, since I'm in Canada.
The cost was only a small part of the point I was trying to make. And besides, if you try searching just a little, you can find something similar.
Of course, if you don't even try looking around at all, even out of curiosity, then you'll never find any good deals.
I held off on getting a cell phone at all until a number of years after everybody else I knew already had one, since I just assumed they were expensive without actually looking into it. Since then, I've never looked back.
Uber hasn't been around long enough to drive cab companies out of business and even if it has, it's not nearly prolific enough either.
Cab companies around here are getting into trouble because they tried to switch to an app-based dispatch system that doesn't really work and makes it nearly impossible for drivers to figure out where they're supposed to be picking up their fares. They're getting slapped around by Uber PURELY because Uber drivers are able to actually call their customers and communicate with them while the cab drivers are going around in circles looking at a tiny screen, searching for someone standing on the corner who might be their customer.
Basically: the cab companies here are dying out because they're using high technology that doesn't really work.
Probably both, considering that in the Lower 48 we don't really have a company called "Bell." The U.S. phone monopoly is AT&T, which AFAIK is a completely different entity.
We get our operators to just send the disconnect signal to the cell phone. Don't know what's wrong with that stupid Zion cell, but it's not really that hard.
Thing is, while the phone may be at no charge, the 2-year contract is beyond my budget. And I don't use the phone enough to justify paying that anyway.
There's not a lot of competition in this region of Canada, so the telecommunication companies here (Shaw, Rogers, TELUS) are free to gouge as they see fit. I just canceled the extra channel I was getting because they sneaked the price of it up without bothering to mention that little fact.
I love the Teens React videos, because I like seeing these kids figure out how we had to deal with the technology we had growing up. In general, the kids in the videos are quite self-aware, intelligent, and capable of understanding that things do change. There's usually one or two who always grasp why that technology was amazing to us.
What I like about the Nintendo video is that there are teens who still love the console! I guess old school is still popular, and come on, Super Mario Bros. is still a great game. I wish I could get it on my XB1.
This seems appropriate for that....
Be sure to have your ultra realistic Dermaplex mask on hand if that happens!
Oh yeah, there's a whole subculture dedicated to retro gaming. I think there are a couple of print magazines focused on the subject too.
I'd like to see those mags.
OMG that would be so entertaining........
But I think they have done this. I'm pretty sure they had a BBC show where a family lived life as if they were stuck in the 80s with no modern conveniences.
Heck, you should have seen ME react to Windows 95 back in 1995! (lifelong MAC user)
I love these videos too. Did you see the one with teens reacting to a Sony Walkman?
Indeed. I used to have an emulator for the PC which let me play somewhere around 300 SNES games. I even had a controller for my PC that was a Super Nintendo controller with a USB connector on the end of it. So much fun was had.
I have. Hell, I've watched them all at this point. I love watching people discover new perspectives on things, and so I've seen all of the "Teens React," "Kids React," and most of the "Elders React," though I have a few more left to go. It gets you to realize that stereotyping whole groups of people is silly, and that it's worth at least hearing what they have to say.
Anyway, yeah, the Walkman one was terrific. Some of the kids liked it, and wanted to keep it, which was adorable. Of course, that being said, I hope cassettes don't make a comeback. They were truly awful. I mean, aside from being able to record off of the radio, cassettes were just the worst.
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