For most adults in the year 2014, the age before iPhones and Shazam and Spotify conjures a warm glow of nostalgia. For most elementary schoolers, it sounds like a time of cruel and unusual punishment. In their latest installment of their "Kids React" Youtube series, TheFineBros assemble their gang of youngsters and present them with a strange relic, the Walkman, and let the cameras roll for their hilarious responses.
Upon first encountering the unorthodox object, 9-year-old Krischelle first thinks it's a phone, smiling with excitement. Then she realizes her mistake: "Oh, what is this thing?" Meanwhile, 11-year-old Jayka takes the device and starts pressing random buttons – probably hoping that Siri will tell her where the appropriate start-up app is located. Another excellent reaction comes from 13-year-old Derek, who fumbles the Walkman like a Rubik's cube.
The interviewers ask the children a series of questions, starting with the obvious: When prompted to guess what the antiquated music player might be, the kids suggest a "walkie-talkie" and a "boombox." ("Are these like in the movies?" asks Krischelle.) From there, they're asked to make the device work, leading to a series of puzzled attempts at inserting a cassette. Elsewhere, the kids are horrified by Eighties headphones, the idea of jogging with such a clunky object (appropriate only with "a large pocket") and the general concepts of rewind and fast-forward.
"I could not imagine living in your guys' days with this," says one shocked child, examining the Walkman as if it were a dinosaur egg. The times, they are a changin'.