13 Things Kids Today Have Never Even Seen

There are many things that kids today have never seen, due to technological advancements and changes in cultural practices. Here are some examples:

1. Payphones

With the ubiquity of cell phones, payphones have become increasingly rare. Kids today may have never seen a payphone or know what it’s like to put coins in the slot to make a call.

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2. Cassette tapes

Before CDs and digital music, cassette tapes were the primary way people listened to music. They required winding, could easily become tangled, and would often wear out with repeated use.

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3. VHS tapes

VHS tapes were the primary way people watched movies at home before DVD and streaming. They were bulky, often needed rewinding, and required a separate player.

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4. Walkmans

The Walkman was a portable cassette player that was popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Kids today may have never seen one, and may not understand the appeal of being able to listen to music on the go without being tethered to a stereo system.

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5. Rotary phones

Before push-button phones, rotary phones were the standard way of making calls. Users had to manually rotate a dial to select the numbers they wanted to call.

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6. Floppy disks

Floppy disks were a common way of storing computer data in the 1980s and 1990s. They were small, flexible, and had a capacity of only a few megabytes.

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7. Film cameras

Before digital cameras, people used film cameras to take pictures. These cameras required physical film to be loaded into them, and each roll of film could only hold a limited number of photos.

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8. CRT (cathode ray tube) TVs and monitors

CRT TVs and monitors were the standard way of viewing TV and computer screens for many years. They were bulky, heavy, and produced lower-quality images than modern LCD and OLED screens.

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9. Polaroid cameras

Polaroid cameras were popular in the 1970s and 1980s because they allowed users to instantly develop and print their photos. They have largely been replaced by digital cameras and smartphones.

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10. Encyclopedias

Before the internet, people would use physical encyclopedias to look up information. These books were often expensive and took up a lot of space on bookshelves.

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11. Film projectors

Before digital projectors, film projectors were used to show movies in theaters. These projectors used physical film reels to display movies, and required regular maintenance and upkeep.

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12. Church keys

A church key was a type of bottle opener that was once common for opening cans of beer and soda. With the rise of twist-off bottle caps, this tool has become less common.

13. Camera flashes

While smartphones have built-in flashes, many kids today may have never seen or used a separate camera flash attachment. These devices were once a common accessory for film cameras.