The BBC gave a 13-year-old a Walkman to carry around for a week in a scientific study conducted to prove, apparently, that you are old. The experiment concluded that the old timey machine is a “piece of antique technology”; that no one says “rewind” or “fast forward” anymore; and that people born in the mid-’90s don’t know that casettes have two sides. Scott Campbell, the Youth Representative chosen to lug around the hefty relic, not only found it technologically lacking, but also had to endure ribbing from peers…and everyone else:
When I wore it walking down the street or going into shops, I got strange looks, a mixture of surprise and curiosity, that made me a little embarrassed.
As I boarded the school bus, where I live in Aberdeenshire, I was greeted with laughter. One boy said: “No one uses them any more.” Another said: “Groovy.” Yet another one quipped: “That would be hard to lose.”
In other news, people used to call each other using “pay phones” after getting “paged” on their “beepers.” The past is hilarious! [BBC]