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Top 10 Things Our Kids Will Never Do

Our kids hold the world in the palm of their hands – literally! They click, tweet, post, creep and like the day away. Everything is in the now and the things that they can do with their smartphones are things that previous generations only dreamed of. Our children use their phone for everything.

Most of us willingly embrace this technology – let’s face it, it makes everything easier! But maybe with a little sadness, some nostalgia of a time gone.

Our kids will never:

  1. Develop a roll of film. The days of dropping off a roll of film and waiting in anticipation, only to find that most of your photos were out of focus; well, those days are gone. Our children enjoy the instant gratification of digital photography, and share those images in a click on Instagram.
  2. Make a mixed tape. Remember sharing your favorite music on a tape with your close friends or a new boyfriend? Gone. Even the successor to the tape, the CD, is on its way out.
  3. Hear a typewriter. Let alone see one. Kids can actually download an app to hear what a typewriter sounds like, but will never experience it in the workplace. Actual typewriters are vintage, some maybe even antique.
  4. Rent a video tape from a store. Or pay the late fees for that matter. Bye-bye Blockbuster. Our kids enjoy the video-on-demand, Netflix and YouTube all combined.
  5. Look at a photo album. Again, digital photography has taken over. No one prints out and stores the photos anymore.  Sadly, there isn’t much room for the family photo album in this new world of instant pics.
  6. Walk into a bank. Young people have no use for a bank branch. They deposit any cheques by taking a photo. They pay for things online with their bank card, PayPal or email transfer. Most of their banking is done online.
  7. Use a Walkman. There was just something so private and priceless about that moment when you got your first Walkman. You took out a mixed tape and lost yourself in the music. The day of this cultural icon is over.
  8. Use a printed map. Let alone know how to read one. Generations wouldn’t dare venture on holiday without the trusted collection of maps. Now-a-days, many don’t even know they exist. Anywhere you want to go is on google maps, or GPS – yes, right on your phone.
  9. Read print TV listings. Remember the days when you had your favorite show on at a certain time on a certain day? You looked forward to it all week. Our kids watch an entire season in a weekend. It is reported that the average person watching actual cable is 44 years old.
  10. Use a phone book. Nor will they understand the reason for them. For many people, the printed phone book goes right from the front door into the recycling bin. Of course you just look up the number with your phone.


There are so many other things that our kids will never do. Like make a collect call, have to remember phone numbers, make prank calls, or use an encyclopedia (the actual book). Technology is certainly making things easier, but admittedly, is a little sad to see some of these things go the wayside. However, if you wanted to keep those memories alive, you could always find some of these items in an antique store… and then take a photo of them with your phone.


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