Edit: Edited because upon reflection we're probably about the same age/generation.
*Chuckle* Yeah, when I was in elementary school, the "mobile" phone was the size of a WW2 Radio Communications Pack. The Internet was a special room in the school only for the kids in the "Genius" classes (they had one out of 10 classes that was the "Genius" class for each year). Towards the end of high school, "Internet Porn" was a 200pixel x 200pixel GIF. Oh boy, how that could get the blood running.
Yes, kids nowadays with text messaging, sext messaging, more porn in a SINGLE WEBPAGE than 10 magazines from January 1965.
It is disturbing, but I'm only 33 and these were the same things everyone else said about our generation... "Oh, we didn't have colour TV or game-and-watch or 386PC's like you when we were kids".
The "bad kids" in my early high school years brought tape Walkmans to class. CDs hadn't really caught on just yet. Ocassionally "locker raids" would be done and they'd be "punished" for bringing them.
Back then, "piracy" was waiting hours for the radio to play your favourite song so that you could record it to tape on your Walkman or Boom Box/"Mini Stereo"/"Mini Hi-Fi". And you had to time it just right, not just on the start, but stopping it before the talking began. If you missed the stop point, you had to rewind, play, pause, etc. And if you accidentally recorded over your favourite tape, now those would be the subject of today's "Rage Comic Memes" back then.
Ah, good times, good times...
Originally Posted by Misa
When I was in elementary school, the concept of a cell phone was lost on everyone. What we had back then were some radio systems that could make phone calls, and emergency services that used those.
Even in high school, all the phones were still analog, and the "flip phone" wasn't going to fit in your purse. The smallest phone available at the time was the Motorola Startac which cost a fortune and got so hot it would burn your fingers. Text messaging did not yet exist.
I can not imagine the amount of distractions smartphones must give kids at school. The worst we had back then was the occasional person listening to a portable cd player, and the occasional gameboy. None of these things had more than 2 hours of battery power.
Current smartphones last all day, connect you to the web and basically make it so that the actual "being at school" is the redundant part and only required to satisfy child-endangerment/labor laws. I think we're less than 10 years away from lawmakers wanting to save money on education by getting rid of K-12 schools entirely and instead give guidelines on how to get into their dream career. This won't solve the social aspect, but the smartphones are quickly eroding that to begin with.