Fridays Are For One Question

I came across a fascinating list of things that the next generation will never experience thanks to the development of technology. It includes:

1. Taking a typing class.
2. Paying bills by writing countless checks.
3. Buying an expensive set of encyclopedias
4. Using a pay phone or racking up a big “long distance” bill
5. Having to pay someone else to develop photographs
6. Driving to the store to rent a movie
7. Buying / storing music, movies, or games on physical media
8. Having to endlessly search to find unique content
9. Sending letters
10. Being without the Internet & instant, ubiquitous connectivity

I remember a couple of years ago, walking through Target, when my 3 year old daughter stopped in front of the vintage toys section. There was a rotary style phone sitting there, and she picked it up, examined it, played with the cord, and then asked, “Is this a phone?” And then giggled with glee like she had just found the blueprints for the first wheel.

For today’s question, think about the list above. Think about how things have changed in the last decade.

“What is one thing your children will never do or use thanks to technology?”

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  • Jana says:

    A phone book.
    An atlas on a road trip.
    A Blockbuster rental card.

  • Mike says:


    Thanks for linking to my post this morning! I’m curious to see what response it draws.

    I think the really important thing about the list, which of course could have been very different, is the pattern that emerges. I wrote about this at the end of the post, but the short version is this: the space between desire and fulfillment is collapsed.

    As Christians, we should be really attentive to the way our character and sensibilities are being trained by the continuous use of tools that may be undermining our ability to be patient, to be still, to be attuned to the rhythms of providence and the mysteries of grace, etc.

    A lot to think about.

    Thanks again,


  • MK says:

    My pleasure to link to it, Mike. Great article.

  • Megs says:

    The realization hit me at a recent home group when we talked about jokes and pranks we had pulled –

    Our children will never sit around a home phone (what?!) with their friends making silly prank calls.

  • Whit says:

    I’m thinking about all these giant binders full of CD’s I have. They’ll never know the joy of driving down the road and reaching into the backseat to find a new record to listen to.

  • Matt Haines says:

    Get up to change the channel on the television.
    Have to listen to the screeching sound of a modem connecting to the internet.
    Use a typewriter and white out

  • Kristi Alexander says:

    They will never ‘roll down’ their car window. All they do is push the button!

  • Becky Dietz says:

    See wires connecting things.
    So many things from my generation:
    Never know what a record is…or how to play it.
    Never have to turn the antenna to see a good picture on the TV.
    Never know that TV had a start time and end time during a 24-hour period.
    Never know what carbon paper looks like.
    Never know what a bag phone is.
    Never have a watch with a twist action to wind it up.
    Never buy film for a camera.
    And sadly, never know what “Quiet” sounds like.

  • Vicki says:

    I agree with Megs. A home phone…my 10 year old nephew has a cell phone and he was told to use the “house” phone to call his friends. He replied with a “I don’t know how to use it”. Let alone phones that used to have cords. Inconceivable.

  • Matt h says:

    My boys don’t recognize a hymnal when they see it.

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