Want to feel old?
Talk to your grandchildren.
Granddad, how did you watch TV when you were small?
We didn’t have TV. TV didn’t exist.
But who told you stories?
My Grandad did.
But you had music, right?
Oh yes, we made music.
Made music? How?
We played musical instruments and we sang.
You did? That’s weird.
Not at all, we enjoyed it.
But when you just wanted to listen to music, what did you do then?
We had a radio.
What’s a radio?
A box with knobs on the front. When you turn them, music comes out.
Okay, maybe that was a little excessive, let's try mothers and daughters instead.
Mum, what colour was your mp3 player?
We didn’t have them when I was a child.
But how did you listen to music when you were out?
On a walkman.
What’s a walkman?
A gadget for listening to cassette tapes.
What are cassettes?
Little square boxes with long reels of tape inside.
Could you put CDs into your walkman?
They didn’t exist then. We had LPs.
LPs, large, black, round discs, for playing music.
And how did they fit into your walkman?
They didn’t. We had record players. There were no CD players either.
Mum, what kind of mobile phone did you have?
I’m afraid, darling, they didn’t exist either.
Didn’t exist? How did you call home when you needed a lift?
There were public phone boxes.
We had stationary telephones, on a string, with a kind of wheel with numbers from 0 – 9.
So how did you get in touch with friends. How did you send them photos and texts?
You spoke to them in person, when you met them.
Really? In the evening, did you mail them?
We had no email. There were no computers.
Eh? No computers? So how did you do your homework without the internet?
Yes, how did we?