May 18th, 2004

(no subject)

I feel old. On a tech-related mailing list to which I subscribe, there are young things who, when someone mentioned a 'party line', piped up with "A what? What's one of those?"

Poll #295005 In the telephonic sense...

Do you know what a party line is/was?

Yes
26(96.3%)
No
1(3.7%)
What are you talking about?
0(0.0%)

Did you know this without having to research it?

Yes
26(100.0%)
No
0(0.0%)

Did you ever have a party line?

Yes
4(14.8%)
No
16(59.3%)
No, but I know my parents/other relatives did
7(25.9%)
Ooh! Sounds kinky...
0(0.0%)

When were you born?

1940s
0(0.0%)
1950s
2(7.7%)
1960s
10(38.5%)
1970s
13(50.0%)
1980s
1(3.8%)
1990s
0(0.0%)

The youth of today...

... don't know what party lines are/were
4(14.8%)
... don't care what party lines are/were
7(25.9%)
... don't use these creaky old land-line things any more
9(33.3%)
... are too busy having parties and doing lines
3(11.1%)
... think you're a sad old git
4(14.8%)


[Edit: I should probably clarify "No, but I know my parents/other relatives did" to include "before I was born/when I was not living there".]