Kids React to Walkman Like it’s from Neolithic Mesopotamia

When I first watched this video, I think I was feeling prickly or something because it seemed to me like the filmmakers had only set it up to make me feel old. Really, really old.

Watching a group of fresh-faced children struggling to make heads or tails of a technology that once figured so naturally into your own formerly-youthful-and-currently-decrepit lifestyle? Pretty harsh, internet.

Then something else happened–other than one adorable outlier named Samirah, the children in the video legitimately had no idea what a Walkman was or how to use it. It wasn’t that I was so old after all–it was that these kids were so idiots!

Hey, 11-year-old girl who is tapping it like a screen is going to light up and play the latest Bratz video or something–that’s not how it works, stupid! You’re supposed to pop Side R of Appetite for Destruction in there, strap on a pair of headphones you stole from the language lab, and tell the man to get off your back while you rock out on your Sandra Boynton Dinosaurs bedspread for a half hour or so.

And you’re damn right it’s a little weird that I’m old enough to be listening to Guns N’ Roses and yet still be sleeping in those sheets, but this isn’t about me, it’s about you, dummy!

P.S. I know this video is long, but it’s worth it to get to the part where they explain fast forwarding to the kids and their heads explode.

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13 Responses to Kids React to Walkman Like it’s from Neolithic Mesopotamia

  1. Commentatrix says:

    You totally nailed it! Kids are dumb.

    • Commentatrix says:

      I was ready to give props to the one girl who was like, “I feel so judged right now!” because obviously we are judging you, but then she went and compared herself to Indiana Jones. REALLY. Opening a Walkman is akin to discovering artifacts as an archeologist?? JUDGING YOU SO MUCH HARDER NOW LITTLE GIRL!

      And what’s up with these kids’ minds being blown by fucking headphones!

  2. summerestherson says:

    “If you lived in the 90s, then I feel sorry for you.” EXCUSE YOU WE DON’T NEED YOUR PITY TINY HUMAN, GET OUT.

    Maxim, love you and your name. You can stay.

  3. FRQ says:

    I wasn’t born in the 1930’s but I know how to play a vinyl record. Get with the program, you twerps.

  4. Take it away, Schmidt:

  5. Kate says:

    Wait til they tell them we used to have to wait until our sisters got off the phone if we wanted to make a call.

  6. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I feel like only two of these kids had honest, unrehearsed reactions. The rest of them seemed so coached. I enjoyed the video, and would love to watch kids try to figure out things like this, but the execution of this is way too hammy.

  7. mydumbopiniongoeshere says:

    My older sister had a walkman with fairly hefty speakers built into it, kind of like a mini boombox. I was definitely jealous, especially because I felt that she didn’t really like music that much so she didn’t deserve such a nice one.

    It seems somewhat unfair to hand the kids a walkman but no cassette, and then no headphones. I suspect that they trusted that the adults were giving them everything they needed, because what kind of dickhead gives you part of something and then expects you to make it work AND videotapes it the whole time.

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