Kids Trying To Understand Typewriters Will Make You Feel Old (Video)

14/08/2014 17:04 | Updated 20 May 2015

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If you remember the days when 'typing' meant doggedly plugging away at a typewriter, this video of modern kids encountering one for the first time will make you feel approximately 1000 years old.

The hilarious clip is part of the 'Kids React To...' series on YouTube, which invites a group of children aged six to 13 to comment on technology once thought cutting-edge, like the Walkman and rotary phones.

In this particular instance, the kids act as though they have been confronted with an artefact from a lost civilisation.

As they experiment with the machine, an off-screen adult presenter talks the kids through alien concepts like carriage return and carbon copying. Almost all of them find typing on a typewriter a complicated and exhausting process compared to the laptops and tablets they are used to.

One is totally stumped when they hit 'backspace' after mis-typing a letter, only to find that it hasn't been erased.

That's right - if you needed any more confirmation of your increasing irrelevance, this ought to do it.

Thankfully for your emotional wellbeing, most of the youngsters did actually know what a typewriter was, even if they had never used one.

However, only one girl knew someone who owned one, with the other kids' knowledge coming from 'old movies' (we shudder to think what movies they consider old).

Eight-year-old Maxim, asked how he knew about typewriters, replies with devastating candour: "Because I know a lot of antique stuff." Oh Maxim, you're breaking our hearts here!

Although a few of the youngsters seemed charmed by the typewriter's trademark clack-clack-clack-ding, they were less impressed with the machine's limited functions.

Asked about how he felt knowing that there were still people out there using typewriters, six-year-old Lucas was sympathetic. "I feel sorry for them. They can't Facetime."

Overall, it doesn't seem like these kids are going to be championing a return to 1950s technology anytime soon. Dash, aged 10, puts it bluntly: "I think it would just be simpler to write."


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