What the fizzle will this generation think of next?

In an effort to get around having to turn their phones off in environments where cellphones are forbidden, these crazy kids have come up with the incredible: a ring tone that can’t be heard by most adults.

Per the New York Times:

In settings where cellphone use is forbidden — in class, for example — it is perfect for signaling the arrival of a text message without being detected by an elder of the species.

“When I heard about it I didn’t believe it at first,” said Donna Lewis, a technology teacher at the Trinity School in Manhattan. “But one of the kids gave me a copy, and I sent it to a colleague. She played it for her first graders. All of them could hear it, and neither she nor I could.”

The technology, which relies on the fact that most adults gradually lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds, was developed in Britain but has only recently spread to America — by Internet, of course.

Wanna see if you can hear this thing?

Did you hear it? Happily, I could.

If you didn’t, go somewhere and get your old ass a hearing aid*, ’cause that shit was fairly loud.

*FYI, they make some pretty discreet hearing aids these days. This one’s practically invisible. (On a white ear, anyway.)

New York Times: A Ring Tone Meant to Fall on Deaf Ears

3 thoughts on “>Huh?

  1. >That was loud to me. But pretty cool. I like the ideal…but kids are to techno savy for me. I think they need to spend more time with their heads in a book. LOL


  2. >Damned kids. I was recently asked at work if I wanted a flashy new PDA phone with Pocket Windows on it. I told my boss, "I'm trying to be in less communication, not more. Thanks, anyway." If it weren't such a requirement today, I wouldn't even own a cell phone.


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