BusinessInsider released an article Tuesday, April 15 showing children’s reaction to seeing a Walkman. Most all of the children immediately exclaiming, “I don’t know what this is,” and “what does this do?” Each kid takes a guess, the guesses include: a boombox, a "thing you speak into" and another guess is a Walkie Talkie.
Has time moved that fast that this device is no longer even recognizable? The video is part of a YouTube series called, “Kids React” in which children give their raw thoughts about a wide array of topics, including current news events, movies and technology. The series is produced by an award winning duo known as the Fine Brothers.
As soon as the children are made aware that the Walkman is actually a music player, they are then tasked with trying to figure out how exactly the player works. After pressing all of the buttons and waiting for the music to play, they were then informed that in order to hear the music, the device first required something else. Their jaws dropped and the shock settled in.
They were then given a cassette tape and the camera continued rolling as they each tried to figure out how to use both devices together. One even putting the tape on top of the Walkman. Figuring out how to open the Walkman was a task on it’s own, “I feel so judged,” one girl said.
Once the Walkman was opened and the tapes were in the correct way, the kids quickly learned that it was not the end of their troubles. When they pressed the play button, they still didn’t hear any music. That’s when they all receive headphones to finally hear the music play.
The moderator starts to explain to the children the history in the release of Walkmans, telling them the price of it’s first release and the excitement of it’s release with the Walkman being the first truly portable music player. Nine-year old Dash says, “woah, something that can play music and I can carry it around if I have a” he pauses and continues, “if I have a large pocket.” The kids all ask how can you run with something this size, “it’s so heavy” they all say.
Watch the full video on YouTube for entertainment and to feel the full effect in realizing how old (or "ancient") you really are.