Oh, is that a phone? That’s one 9-year-old’s response when asked to identify a Sony Walkman in a viral video capturing baffled kids’ reactions to a 1980s portable cassette player.
In a YouTube clip that’s topped 3 million views in two days, L.A. filmmakers Benny and Rafi Fine show kids and teens aged 6 to 13 as they struggle to identify the mysterious artifact and explain how it might work.
Some of the first guesses include “walkie-talkie” and “boombox.”
“I feel like I’m Indiana Jones or something,” one of the girls says after prying the player open and inserting a cassette. Though, after placing the cassette, most kids can’t figure out why they’re not hearing any music. They’re also put off by the idea of “rewind” and “fast forward” and dismayed by the device’s size — the Walkman weighed 14 ounces in 1979, compared with the iPhone’s 4 ounces.