Erased memories: Survey finds youngsters unaware of Walkman, pagers

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  • Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

Only one in every two young people between ages 10 and 18 know what a Walkman is, according to a recent study conducted in Germany. — dpa

As technology advances faster and faster, it's only natural that older devices will be left behind and eventually forgotten, even as sentiment for these elderly objects stays strong in some circles.

A survey conducted in Germany points to this collective forgetting, showing that most people between ages 10 and 18 – 88% – don't know what a pager is – a radio device that can receive short messages and notify its wearer about calls.

Only a few more knew of the MiniDisc, a digital storage medium from the 1990s that was meant to replace the audio cassette. Seventy-five people admitted to the survey takers not knowing what it was at all.

The results don't get better: Only one in two respondent knew what a Walkman was, while 56% were unsure what a floppy disc is.

For the results, 915 children and teenagers between ages 6 and 18 were surveyed over the phone. – dpa

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