Windows 95 – which celebrated its 20th birthday last year – changed the world of desktop computing, and believe it or not, all teenagers today were not even born when it was finally released to the public.
So it would be interesting to see how a bunch of teenagers would react when introduced to Windows 95 for the first time on a typical desktop computer from around that time (video below). Would the teenagers recognise many of the features that we have now accustomed today like the desktop and Start button, or would they be lost at sea?
Once the desktop computer is revealed, one teenager asked “are these the ones that take floppy disks inside of them?”
Then the teens couldn’t figure out why pressing the power button on the monitor didn’t turn the actual computer on (despite even modern desktops working in the exact same way!) and were also perplexed by the noises coming from the computer as it booted up.
When asked to describe their initial impressions of Windows 95 as it loaded up, the words ‘impersonal’, ‘blank’ and ‘rough’ were used.
Questions asked by the teens that really made us feel like old relics included “so how do I get on the Internet if there’s no Wi-Fi?” and “wait, what is a modem?” (seriously??) and “you mean you needed your phone to get onto the Internet?”
But what perplexed the teens more than anything was turning the computer off. Windows 95 never had the ability to turn the hardware physically off, which is standard nowadays. All the teens became rather perturbed by the “it’s now safe to turn off your computer” message.
The video really goes to show how quickly the world of technology has moved on. For many of us, Windows 95 doesn’t seem like an awfully long time ago, but for teenagers today – who have grown up on Wi-Fi, smartphones, speedy broadband connections and the latest Windows operating systems – Windows 95 is a world away from the one that they are used to.
Basically, we’re old. Watch the video below to check out the teenagers reactions that prove – if anything – we really weren’t lying to you!