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Back in My Day


My kids are currently 5 and 3. And the older they get, the more it stands out how their user experience for life will be much different from mine. So I made a list of all the things that would be different, and I imagined a conversation between myself and my girls about 10 years from now about those things.

Me: Oh wow. I found my box of old VHS tapes.
Daughter: What's a VHS tape?
Me: It's a cartridge they used to put movies on so people could buy them and watch them at home. You played them through a player that was connected to your TV.
Daughter: Like Roku?
Me: (Sigh) No, not like Roku. We didn't stream anything. There were no data clouds to pull content from and you had a dedicated player for your physical tapes.
Daughter: Wow. Did you at least hang your TV on your cave wall?
Me: Ha ha, smart ass. We didn't live in a cave. And no, no one hung their televisions back then because they were all too big and there were no flat-screen monitors.
Daughter: What's this Dinner Party II movie?
Me: Put that down! Don't look at that!
Daughter: Uh huh. So, how did you watch these VHS things on your cell phone? Did you have to hook it up with cables or something?
Me: Phones didn't play videos.
Daughter: (Gasp) So, if you couldn't stream anything directly to your TV and if your phones couldn't play videos, what did you watch Netflix on?
Me: Netflix didn't really catch on until I was out of college, honey, and when they started, they sent you DVDs that you could exchange through the mail via the US Postal Service.
(Her mind is blown and she can't comprehend any of this.)
Daughter: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. What's a DVD? What's the US Postal Service?
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