I interviewed my parents about their experience in school. They went to school in Korea in the 1970s and the 80s. They would often tell me their experiences in school focusing on their relationship with friends and what they did for fun. In most of their elementary, middle, and high school, they didn’t have mobile devices, so their only method of communicating with their friends was through face-to-face communication or a wired telephone (my mom had the circular dialling telephone we saw in the YouTube video in elementary school). When they wanted to hang out with each other, they needed to wait at the meeting place if their friends didn’t show up on time or go to a tollbooth.

At school, their studies were focused on reading and memorizing material in textbooks. Their sole source of authority was the teachers because all of their knowledge came from them. My mom said there was also private tutoring and that she went to the library for research. They did have computers at school (my mom says middle school), but there was no Google. She used the computers for writing reports in college. My mom also watched educational channels on TV and read paper newspapers every day. She said it was nice because she had to read everything paper newspapers instead of picking information she wants like she does now.

One vastly different experience they had that was different was that they didn’t have phones, computers, tablets. Their communication with peers and the world were limited to pen, paper, and telephone. They couldn’t text their friends, and they couldn’t Google things they didn’t know. Because of this, what they knew were probably somewhat outdated and their method of transferring knowledge was slower. I also think I have a greater knowledge than them because I have the world at my fingertips. I can search up what I want to know and know things at a greater depth.