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Video: Kids React to an Old 1980s-Era Computer

by Fox Van Allen on May 30, 2014

A young girl reacts to an old monochrome computerThe first computer I ever used was my middle school computer lab’s Apple IIe. It was a clunky keyboard-only machine that displayed all my Lemonade Stand game sessions in a monotone green. For a kid of the 1980s without a home computer, though, the Apple IIe was an amazing piece of technology.

But what about today? Will children spoiled by operating systems, smartphones, tablets and voice recognition appreciate a computer from 30 years ago, or even be able to figure out how to use it? The folks at Kids React decided to find out, recording youngsters aged 6 to 13 encountering and learning antique computer tech for the first time. The results, of course, are predictably entertaining.

“It’s green, which makes it look ugly,” says one girl.

“At least it’s better than Flappy Bird,” says another.

I won’t ruin the rest of it for you, but if you have 7 minutes to kill and want to see what kids think of our collective past, it’s a fun use of your time. Be warned, though: Even if you’re in your late 20s, this video will make you feel old as dirt.

Check it out below. If you like what you see, be sure to check out what these kids have to say when they encounter the Sony Walkman, another piece of 1980s tech, for the first time.


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From Mike Hixson on May 30, 2014 :: 4:24 pm

Same way I reacted 30 years ago! 

How about doing one on ‘early networking’?  I remember the fun of installing and using early network software and products.



From Josh Kirschner on May 30, 2014 :: 5:07 pm

I don’t know if we’re going to do a story on early network software, but for your enjoyment, here’s a an audio file of a dial-up modem connection:

Enjoy! grin



From Karen on May 30, 2014 :: 8:47 pm

This was very entertaining! Given my age and the fact that I did indeed use this technology many years ago, it was intriguing to see the children’s reactions. I remember having to create my own “tree” and filing system. When using Windows for the first time, I was “insulted” that Windows would dare to place a newly installed software program where IT wanted, rather then where I wanted!



From Linux-user on June 12, 2023 :: 1:50 pm

I’m noticing that you need less knowledge about computers today in order to use one. These kids show. I guess if there isn’t colorful icons on the desktop then the computer has nothing.


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