A dad has revealed how kids gesture speaking on the phone differently to how adults would do it – and it’s making everyone feel very, very old.
Over the years technology has changed dramatically – from using landlines, and large, chunky mobiles with the aerial sticking out of the top, to sleek, slim-line touchscreen phones.
So unsurprisingly the universal gesture for speaking on the phone has changed too.
Typically you stick out your pinky and thump whilst putting down the three middle fingers – but not anymore.
Dad-of-two Daniel Alvarado from New York City, US, has discovered that his kids do it completely different, and it’s blown everyone away.
He shared the video to TikTok saying: “70s, 80s, 90s babies can relate.”
Daniel first approaches his wife Marciella, and asks her what hand gesture she would use to show she was talking on the phone.
Marciella instantly put her thumb up to her ear and her pinky to her mouth.
Then he goes to his daughter Daniella, who puts her entire palm to her ear.
And finally he walks to his son Kamilo in the dining room, who again, puts his flat hand to his face, and asks: “Like this?”
Daniel says: “All of us would go like this” – gesturing the classic pinky and thumb gesture, and adds: “But now the new generation goes like this” and demonstrates the flat hand gesture that his kids used.
Since posting the video it has received 285,000 likes and over 7,600 comments.
A number of people were shocked to discover the change in gestures over the years, whilst many older users shared their own throwbacks and the younger generation struggled to relate.
One said: “OMG! I never thought of it that way lol.”
Another added: “I’m born in 1998 which is that awkward year where I do these old hand gestures but never actually use the object itself. We’re the middle child.”
A third said: “I realised my son doesn’t know why I say ‘hang up the phone.'”
But a fourth said: “I’m born in 1998 which is that awkward year where I do these old hand gestures but never actually use the object itself. We’re the middle child.”
And: “They also will never know the satisfaction of snapping a flip phone shut” said another.
So, how do you gesture holding a phone?