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New meme reveals what kids today don’t understand about old technology

'MiniDiscs are the future.'

 

Dahlia Dandashi

Internet Culture

Published Dec 29, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 7:39 am CDT

A time without Tinder, smartphones, omnipresent Wi-Fi, and synced Spotify seems unimaginable to some. The truth is, many millennials (specifically Generation Z) have never been exposed to the world of DSL, VCR, floppy disks, and mixtape cassettes. 

SiriusXM host Eric Alper took Twitter Tuesday with a simple question: “Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?” 

Nuanced responses are coming in, with a range of users recalling their own childhood and youth featuring exclusive verbiage that many kids today probably cannot comprehend. 

https://twitter.com/edjeff/status/814161898744770560

https://twitter.com/leducviolet/status/814145891124715524

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https://twitter.com/emilybwebb/status/814042646633033728

The meme has also made its way to Reddit, and the responses there have been even better. 

Reddit

But nothing beats the hilarious reality of needing a phone line to surf the web. 

Add your memories to the thread via Alper’s Twitter here

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*First Published: Dec 29, 2016, 9:31 am CST