Today's kids confused by old-fashioned typewriters

What happens when kids are asked to use a typewriter for the first time? The Fine Brothers find out in this latest "make us all feel old" video series.

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"I think it would be just simpler to write," Dash, age 10, concluded. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Remember when typewriters were in every classroom and we were all expected to know how to type our homework before we graduated high school? Now, thanks to computers in every home and classroom, the deafening clickety-clack of typewriters is a thing of the past.

In the latest "Kids React" video by new-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine -- also known as The Fine Brothers -- kids ages 6-13 attempt to use a standard typewriter with hilarious results.

"The reality of times changing where kids of today do not know how to operate or even think [of] a piece of technology that changed the world and was the standard for 100 years, continues to be thought provoking," Benny Fine, of The Fine Brothers, told Crave.

For many of us, typing class was a rite of passage in school. Typing essays and research papers on typewriters meant we were entering a stage of adulthood and learning a valuable trade.

But for the kids of today who are accustomed to a paper-free classroom and email, watching them attempt to load paper in a typewriter and then figure out how to type is priceless.

"It takes a very long time to write on these things because once you try to type fast, you just can't do it because there's too many (keys) and it collides," Shannon, age 10, said.

"It's loud!" Troy, age 13, said in the video.

Of course, typing on a typewriter means there will be mistakes that don't magically disappear. That's where Wite-Out comes in handy.

"Nobody even uses Wite-Out anymore!" Elle, age 12, said.

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Need to make copies? Welcome to the wonderful world of carbon paper, kids! Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

For those of us who learned how to use typewriters, knowing there's a ding sound when we're at the end of a row or how to get to the next line on the piece of paper is second nature. But for these kids, it's confusing and annoying.

"Too many steps!" Jayka, age 11, said.

"I feel very sad for them," Lucas, age 6, said about kids of the past who had to use typewriters. "They can't FaceTime; they can't do messages; and they can't play games!"

Not all the kids were frustrated with the old typewriters. In fact, one little girl was more than ready to trade in her laptop for this old-fashioned typewriter.

"I love this! I'd like to keep this actually!" Emma R, age 8, said. "It's better because computers use batteries and electricity! Don't waste electricity!"

Past episodes of the series have kids hilariously attempt to figure out rotary phones, Walkman cassette players, old Apple computers, and the original Nintendo Game Boy.

 

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