The Connected Generation #2: “Mom, Dad, THAT Was Your Computer?!”

Children are experiencing different technologies growing up than their parents did. 

Its Day Two of Triella’s March Break 2016 articles!  This week we have devoted our time to looking at technology trends and changes experienced by the younger generation (i.e. today’s kids and teenagers).
For today’s article, we are taking a look at some of the technologies that most members of the younger generation do not remember or did not use.
To clarify, the “younger generation” in this case is individuals born within the last 10-15 years. Anyone within this range who can remember/used the devices I will be speaking about deserves a shout out.
 

Windows 95

First released in 1996, Windows 95 was considered a major advancement in the field of computing and the first to introduce features such as the “Start” button, task bar, and desktop menu which have remained fundamentally unchanged in every subsequent version of Windows.
Despite this incredible achievement, Windows 95 is likely something today’s kids and teenagers do not remember.  For proof of this, check out this amazing video of teenagers being introduced to Windows 95.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ucCxtgN6sc[1]
Why is that?   The simple answer is that technology is a fast-changing industry.  There has been more advancement in the last 10 years that it is sometimes difficult to keep track.
The bright side is that these advancements would not have been possible without Windows 95.  While Windows 95 might seem dated now, its sophistication and design was leaps and bounds ahead in 1996 and it helped to lay the groundwork for all the innovation that has come after it.
 
So while today’s younger generations might not be able to recall Window 95, they would not have their laptop computers and smartphones without it.
 

Apple’s First iPod

With the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, a lot of Apple users have resorted to storing their music files or using a variety of streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify on them.  As a result, Apple’s original music listening device, the iPod, has fallen by the wayside.
 
Originally released in 2001, the iPod has seen multiple upgrades over the years as well as the introduction of three other models: iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, and iPod Touch.
While not as old as Windows 95, today’s kids and teenagers might have a hard time remembering the first iPod.  It might have been something that their parents or older siblings owned but chances are they owned a later version of the iPod or have only ever used an iPhone or other smartphone to listen to music.
 

Flip Phones

Before smartphones there was the flip phone.  This might not seem like old technology; in fact I was a proud owner of a Samsung E620 and a Samsung M510 during my high school years.  Nevertheless, the creation of the smartphone and assorted applications and programs has helped push the flip phone into the forgotten technology pile.
It’s possible that some of today’s kids and teenagers remember, used, or have seen others use a flip phone.  Again, the technology is not nearly as old as we are led to believe.
 
The desire to purchase a flip phone, however, seems to be few and far between, unless one is particularly nostalgic. From a practical standpoint, it does not have the functionality most people need anymore.
 
The evidence above suggests that technology changes a lot between generations.  Within a decade, we can see technologies and devices come and go.  What we remember or used growing up is not the same as what today’s kids and teenagers are currently using or remembering.
Which begs the question:  what will technology look like when today’s kids and teenagers become parents themselves?
 
Liked the article?  Any other technology or device you can remember that your kids/teenagers cannot?
 
 
[1] Fine Brothers Entertainment. (2016, March 6). Teens React to Windows 95.  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ucCxtgN6sc
 
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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