17 year olds dial a rotary phone

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A good test to see if youth of today can figure out how to dial an older rotary phone

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S Rey : Now give them a pencil and tell them to write in cursive.

apumpkinsmom : OMG! Every time they "reset" the phone I had tears rolling down my face!

taireico reco : Now ask them to wind down the car windows.

7Pines Knives : Back in the day people would be zipping those dials around like nobody’s business!

Grumpy Bulldog : Now give them a map and no gps and tell to go from point A to point B.

Crouching Wombat hidden Quoll : Early 1970s if the phone rang at 8pm, the family would all sit upright and Dad would say "who the hell would ring at this time of night ?" Phones were a big deal.

Arcadia Occult Curio Shop Autumn Storm Hp : I was born in 1970 and I was raised with these phones so this is hilarious! πŸ˜†

Thomas Lucas : Imagine if you told them about party lines and calling an operator to connect numbers you couldn't dial or when you had an emergency you dialed 0 and asked the operator to connect you with emergency services.

X -tina : Love how they pick the receiver up and put it back down to "reset" it lmao

mrt57rn : Several years back, my oldest granson & I were watching a movie made in the 70s. He was around eight or so. A woman started to make a call on a rotary phone. In the pure, innocence of a child he said "What kind of phone is that??" πŸ˜„ Hey...at least he knew it was a phone. πŸ˜€

Safe House : I remember when I saw for the first time a push button phone back in the late 60's. It was in a phone booth. I said to myself, " wow what high technology. They will never beat this."

hal holland : Remember how your finger would fall off on the last number and you would have to start all over? Then they made the numbers longer? Also you rented the dam thing for $2 a month forever. There were people that died in the 70's that had payed the phone company hundreds of dollars over a life time for that sucker.

Dave M : this reminds me; a few years ago a friend told his niece that there was no internet when he was young. she said, then how did you guys get your email?

ShadowcasterZero : Kids today will never know the struggle of trying to dial into a radio contest with a rotary phone πŸ˜‚

RicoGalassi : Put it to your ear, what's it sound like? Bzzzzzzzzzzzz SMH....that's called a DIAL TONE

Coach Johnny : OMG... The first minute I thought the reason why it was taking so long is that there were no numbers on the rotary and they needed to count. Then it happened. I literally cried because I was laughing so hard...What got me was the dude picking up the receiver then hanging up after they turned the rotary like he needed to reset each time....

agriperma : My mother was a switchboard operator, way back in the day. the one's where you manually put the phono plug into the socket, to connect to an extension.

John Matthew : Kept lifting the handset to refresh..lol

ITSONLYMEWATCHING : I love how they kept picking up the receiver and putting it down like to start over. HYSTERICAL!!

ronaldsanfran : Fun to think about: They find it hard to "pick up" how the rotary phone works because the phones young people don't use mechanical technology. Smartphones take commands by taps, pressing down, swipes, etc. And then the computer inside the phone processes the information and does everything "in the background" for the user. These teens first drag their finger to the number they want to dial, ,because they think that leaving your finger on the number you want means that the device "knows" their intention. They also think that the phone needs to first know the number they want to dial, before they can start the call -- when in fact they need to pick up the phone to start sending the numbers to the phone company! The phone company is trying to register the number of CLICKS that it hears, and the distance you drag the dial determines the number of clicks the phone makes as the dial rotates back to its default state. The physicality of the phone -- the fact that the distance the dial is turned determines the number of clicks it makes -- and the whole idea that a machine SOMEWHERE ELSE is "listening" over the course of several seconds for the number of clicks (instead of receiving an instant command from a digital chip) are beyond their experience -- so none of this "crosses their mind." This video doesn't show that kids are "dumb" -- older people have trouble figuring out today's phones for much the same reasons. And old people 100 years ago must have been stumped by rotary phones as well! This just shows how tools has evolved and how we as human beings have evolved with them, and how our most important tool is our brains.

IGOTAJOP America : This is a joke right? The next thing your going to tell us they don't know how to use an 8 track.

Hex : Dam old peoples with their crazy oldfangled tech! Lol God this video made me feel like I should go grab a walker now. I remember growing up with those and a black and white t.v.

Frank Gallacher : God I feel so old to think I had one of those phones as a kid.

William Rackley : But can dad reset the modem/ router?

Sonia Joubert : This is so hilarious! Thank you for sharing, I couldn't stop laughing! But hey I have no idea how to get music on my daughter's MP3 player, absolutely no idea, and I'm 38. I feel for these boys.

Cornelius Schwarzenstein : Have you guys never seen a rotary phone in movies? IΒ΄ve seen an Electrical telegraph in movies.

michaelfink64 : Hilarious! What does zero sound like! You are right in saying that they were doing pretty well in figuring it out. β€œWhat are all the other holes for”. Positive for rotary dial phones: the stress relief of slammIng the receiver down. Negative: those cords had minds of their own. Hard to untwist

lea smadello : Should have given them a 1800 number to dial...nothing worse then back then dialing those phone numbers...and right near the end of ph number...you did the wrong number πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ Should of waited abit longer to see what they would have done with a busy tone.. Ahh good times with those phones back then...AND when there was a couple of teens in the house..." Hurry...get off the phone...i need the phone, how long are you going to be etc moments...and then as well, those times: "ugh its busy! I can't get through"...and thus...again you dial...again and again...till you got through to talk to your best friend!!. Remember... the "girls talk more on the phone then the boys..." Sayings lol

mixboy79 : OMG I feel so old πŸ˜– you should have them figure out a VCR Or do dial up internet next hahaha

lekocafe : ok, kids cannot work a rotary phone. That's fine but it bugs me that it is still considered "cool" to wear a baseball cap backwards!

F F G : This is the BEST VIDEO EVER πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Thank you πŸ™πŸ» πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈFriend from Georgia πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

wakeywakey : Today's youth knows nothing about a good phone slamming.

cajunO21 : so if any of my grandchildren tries to make fun of me about cell phones, I will make them watch this video!

Bruce Miller : I am over 50 and dont know how to build a cabinet with a hammer and chisel, i use power tools. The phone thing is funny, but every generation would probably have a problem with some kind of OLD technology.

Scotty : so I guess a PARTY LINE would be online dating...lol

Me Justme : Haha! Great video, I kept cracking up, they don't know the struggles. πŸ’–

tackless : I remember the $0.05 Payphone at the drugstore when most people did not have a phone in their house. You would hang out and wait for the the phone to ring answer it and you would go find the person in the neighborhood to come to the phone and they would give you a tip for doing so.

Sprit Wolf : You would have to dial the number 411 to find out who's call you just missed if you couldn't get to the phone in time and you had to remember all your frends and family's phone numbers.

New Anon : In their defense if you’d never seen a rotary phone you’d be confused too. They were actually doing a great job problem solving together. Well done to the 17 year olds.

Stephanie Ramirez : They keep picking up the handle and put it back down after a mistake! 🀣 So cute! Thanks for sharing!!

StormyPeak : I have a 1936 Bakelite phone that is my main phone in the living room, kitchen area. I ordered pizza one night, the delivery boy ended up getting lost, his cell phone died, and he called me from a local store asking for directions again And...this was only his 2nd day on the job. Once he got here...he asked to use my phone, and without even thinking I pointed to the rotary dial. He let out this sigh like people do when they give up....lol...and the despair in his voice was funny ... although I knew he was having a bad day as he said "I don't know how to use this kind of phone" I told him how and he dialed his work place to let them know...but the first thing he said when his co worker picked up was: "Dude! Guess what kind of phone I'm using! You should see how you have to dial it!" LOL. I gave the poor kid a $10.00 tip. Mostly because I felt guilty about laughing at him. :P But, also I can remember having days when nothing went right...and for him that phone seemed to be his last straw. He left happier than when he came in with the pizza.

James Gray : You have to pick the handset up first!

Michael Branan : OK somebody totally needs to put this in one of those comedy horror movies where kids have to find the phone that works before the monster gets them and then the monster starts helping them dial..... it would be hysterical

Rain Coast : Power went out at the grocery store. The young adults on the tills were adding up sales with pen and paper. Painful to watch. When it came time to add in the 7% tax? Totally lost, until management brought out some calculators! Just think if they had to do division or multiplication using pen and paper!

Jeremiah Allyn : Wonder if they can write a full sentence in cursive, or read a real map? Ah, the good old days before all this technology made our lives so much easier lol.

Brian Krian : Hilarious! Next give them a camera and some film to load!

IRION IKE : we had β€˜party’ line, you shared service with neighbors

Tina M : 2:48 "What does a zero sound like?" 🀣😱

rose t : The way they experiment and talk it through is fantastic πŸ‘