For years, it’s been funny to watch the rapid nature at which old-school technology has been made obsolete. For me, the biggest moment recently was a photo I saw online. It showed a man standing with a recorder, cassette player, video camera, headphones (giant headphones at that), about 40 CDs and tapes and a huge mobile phone. It was an image that showed that today, we fit about 30-40 pieces of high-end hardware into our smartphones. In the 80s, you would have needed a whole room just to make use of all the features on a phone.
Impressive when you think about it, right?
However, one of the downsides of this is the end of some rather classic parts of human history. For example, it was recently reported that British schools are going to be getting rid of the classic analog clock. Why? Because the next generation doesn’t have a clue how to read them!
Now, it actually makes sense. I don’t have a single analog clock in the house, and I’m in my mid-20s and grew up with them. None of my friends or family have them anymore, either. So, none of their kids will be growing up with the analog clock in their lives. It’s like me, I barely know how to work a classic radio player.
I got so used to being able to do it on a mobile phone in the early 2000s, and online, that I had no need to use it. So, it’s no great shock that kids can’t read the classic time on a clock. With no reference points at home or in community venues like shopping centers, the concept of reading a classic clock would seem quite alien to some children.
According to one expert in The Times’ Educational Supplement, speaking at a conference held in London, many high schoolers can only tell the time on their digital clock.
“It is amazing the number of students I am coming across in year 10, 11 and in the sixth form who do not know how to tell the time,
“We live in a world where everything is digital. We are moving towards a digital age and they do not necessarily have analog watches anymore and they have mobile phones with the time on.”
Amid all the coughing and spluttering from older people about losing ‘values’ and the like, surely this is just a natural progression. Once upon a time, we told the time by looking where the sun was in the sky; if you want to keep all the old styles, should we go back to that?
It’s an interesting change, but that’s all it is; an interesting change in how society moves forward and makes once set-in-stone parts of technology a thing of the past.
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