Children, nowadays, are often tinkering with their smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In fact, according to statistics published on National Public Radio (NPR), a non-profit organization, 53 percent, or over half of children in the United States own a smartphone by the age of 11. Interesting, isn’t it?
They’re among the age groups so much attached with these technologies that finding them using a vintage computer is a source of fun for many – just like what Redditor rco888 shared on the platform recently.
Titled “Kids’ reaction to a 90s computer,” the video came at the top of Reddit users’ news feeds on the r/Damnthatsinteresting subreddit. Right now, the moderators have removed the video post, but it has garnered around 14,000 upvotes as of press time. You can watch the video on YouTube where it was actually posted seven years ago.
In the video, the kids were told to unwrap an old computer from the 1990s running on Windows 95.
Of course, what they saw was a computer that looked a whole lot different from the devices they are using now.
“Oh my god, you’ve gotta be kidding me,” one of the kids in the video said, upon seeing the old computer.
Then, they were asked to turn on the computer. Some of them headed for the button on the monitor, which wasn’t the power on button. But others pretty guessed it right (the button on the CPU was the right one).
They then waited for the computer to boot. One of them, upon seeing “Windows 95” on the screen, said, “It’s prehistoric!… It’s an old dinosaur.”
Many of them then headed for Internet Explorer, which is quite familiar for these kids who use the Internet quite often – only to find out that they needed to connect to the Internet the traditional way, without using Wi-Fi.
After a few moments of discovering things up – learning about modem, phones, AOL, and more – they were able to make it work.
Lastly, they were asked to shut down the computer. A lot of them did it well, as the process of shutting down old computers is generally the same with how it is done today.
But some of them were surprised to read, “It’s now safe to turn off your computer” on the screen.
“… That actually scares me a little,” said one kid, giggling.