On a daily basis, I don't think that the breakneck pace of technology really sinks in.

That is, until the generational gap becomes really obvious.

I think about the fact that my toddler nieces have never known a world without iPhones, backup cameras, and a gazillion channels all on-demand any time, and wonder what they'll look back on in the same way when they get to my age.

To set up what you're about to see, remember the fact that we live in a world where landline phones are increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

And kids who do have landline phones in their homes will never know the feeling of being literally tied to an area of only a few feet, or as long as the cord reached (yeah, cords, remember those?)

All that being said, what do you think would happen if you put a rotary phone in front of a pair of teenagers and told them that they have 4 minutes to successfully place a call?

Well, thanks to YouTube, we can find out:

I think that the most satisfying part of this video is the fact that everyone keeps a good sense of humor about it.

The kids are clearly totally perplexed (they don't even recognize the sound of the dial tone for crying out loud!), but to their credit they keep trying.

You have to appreciate their excitement rising as they figure out that you have to bring the dial all the way around to dial a 0, and their disappointment is obvious when they just can't quite get over the final hump to actually string everything that they figured out together to successfully place the call.

I, for one, am glad that I grew up in a time that has prepared me just in case I'm locked in a room with nothing but a rotary phone and a 4 minute timer to save my life.

Thankfully, I'd live to tell the tale!

 

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