12 Things Your Kids Will Never Understand

Ever use the term “record store” around a 12-year-old? Yeah, she’s got no freaking clue what you’re talking about. (But she probably has a really snarky emoji to explain your lameness.)

Here, 12 other things kids these days might never come into contact with.

PHYSICAL MOVIES

Be Kind. Rewind. It used to be the ultimate technology guilt trip. Nowadays, your kid might understand the concept of “resume” or “buffering”…but rewind? As if. (PS: Nobody still says "as if.")

RECORD STORES

OK, even if you went there to buy CDs, the act of scanning the shelves in an effort to determine if Liz Phair should be found in alt, indie, rock or pop…it just feels like a rite of passage.

PHONE BOOKS

Don’t even get us started on “white” versus “blue” pages.

LAND LINES

Busy signals--the ultimate mind game when you were 14.

ANSWERING MACHINES

Take it from George: Personality-driven voicemails were the away message of the '90s.

CAMERAS

Then paying $5 to $10 to actually see the film.

CARD CATALOGS

Guys, we have terrible news: The Dewey Decimal System is being phased out.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Specifically: Encyclopedias that were mysteriously missing the letters Q through S.

PAPER MAPS

Lest you forget, there was life before the blinking blue dot.

PAY PHONES

And--if you didn’t have a quarter--calling collect.

CHECKBOOKS

How’s this for sobering? When your kid pays rent for the first time, it will probably be through Venmo.

SMOKING SECTIONS

Hey, sometimes things change for the better.