This Mom Recorded Her Son Trying To Use A Rotary Phone

OK. So kids may be up on all of the latest technology. But parents, if you’re looking for a way to school the kiddos, all you have to do is pull out a relic from the past. As evidenced when one mom filmed her son struggling to use a rotary phone.

Kimberly Phillips caught her son, Braylon, on camera, trying to use this old-school phone, and boy are we glad she did! Since posting the video to Facebook on Jan. 7, it’s been viewed 18 million times—likely giving everyone a good laugh.

According to CNN, the first push-button phones didn’t become popular until the early 1970s and, before that, different versions of the rotary phone had been around since the 1930s. So if you grew up in the ’60s, ’70s and even ’80s, you’re probably familiar with these rotary-style phones. Otherwise, it’s been smartphones since day one.

And clearly—when it comes to going backwards from a smartphone—the struggle is real:

The teen can be heard saying, “where’s the zero?” and “I messed up,” as he begins to get frustrated by the dialing method. Then he turns to his mom and says, “Y’all went through this struggle?”

It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

Finally, at the end of the video, too frustrated to go on, he does what any of us would have done in that situation—reached for his cell phone to solve the problem! This is an “ask Siri” moment if ever there was one!

Many people who saw the video online commented with similar stories. One person wrote, “This reminds me of when my niece found a collection of LPs in her grandmother’s closet and was so excited to find ‘big, black CDs.'”

“Reminds me when my daughter asked me what ‘rewind’ meant,” another shared. Talk about a “senior” moment!

Moments like these are so relatable because, well, moms and dads—we’ve all been there.

Watch Steve Irwin’s Son Robert Carry On ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Legacy On Jimmy Fallon

I have a confession to make: In the ’90s, I had a bit of a crush on Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter.

I watched his show religiously, and I even had a Crocodile Hunter doll. If you pushed his belly, he said some stuff in that cute little Australian accent of his. But the thing I loved most about Irwin was his exuberant spirit and his passion for preserving wildlife and protecting animals. Despite the moniker Crocodile Hunter, Irwin was anything but. He dedicated his life to making sure that every wild thing was afforded the protection and respectful treatment they deserved.

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When Irwin—who would have turned 55 on February 22—passed away tragically in September 2006, he left behind his wife Terri, and two children, Bindi and Robert.

While 18-year-old Bindi has been in the spotlight to some degree (she is a actress, singer, television personality who won season 21 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” back in 2015), her 13-year-old brother, Robert, has kept a bit of a lower profile.

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But all that changed with his recent appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Though just 13, the young teen is the spitting image of his late father, Steve. But not only does he look like the Croc Hunter, he also behaves just like him! He has the same passion for wildlife as his father, and he speaks with excitement, warmth and pure joy as he handles the animals beside Fallon. It’s truly awesome to witness.

His sister Bindi shared a touching message on Instagram about her brother’s awesome performance, pointing out how he is just like their father.

RELATED: Bindi Irwin Posts Sweet Photo Remembering Her Dad On 10th Anniversary Of His Death

“Tears in my eyes. So proud of @robertirwinphotography. You are more and more like Dad every day. I’m forever thankful to be your sister,” she wrote.

How wonderful to have Robert following in his father’s footsteps and continuing to teach a whole new generation of young people the importance of conservation and respect for wildlife. Although it has been more than a decade since Irwin passed away, it is clear that his spirit lives on in his children.