“How do you know you’re getting old!” Father reveals that children now use a different hand signal to show that they are on the phone, after giving up the little finger and thumb action used by older generations
- Daniel Alvarado, father of two children in New York, shared a viral TikTok video showing how some kids make a handle gesture to talk on the phone these days
- First, he asked his wife to show her hand gesture, holding her thumb to her ear and her little finger to her mouth
- Then he asked his tween daughter Daniella, who was holding a flat palm to her face
- His young son Kamilo also made a flat hand gesture
- The video has been viewed millions of times and commentators are shocked and angry at the development
Phones have evolved quite a bit over the years, with today’s smartphones completely different from early cell phones and landlines.
So with the appearance and shape of phones changing so dramatically, it seemed only a matter of time before the universal gesture of talking on the phone – little finger and thumb up, three middle fingers down, hand held up – became unrecognizable to younger generations .
For father of two from New York City Daniel Alvarado, when he discovered that his two children were using a completely different gesture on the phone was shocking – and his video on the subject has shocked, disgusted, and deeply discomforted TikTokers.
Daniel Alvarado, father of two children in New York, shared a viral TikTok video showing how some kids make a handle gesture to talk on the phone these days
The traditional way: First he asked his wife to show which hand gesture she would use. She held her thumb to her ear and her little finger to her mouth
Wait a second! Then he asked his tween daughter, who was holding a flat palm to her face
In the family: his son did the same gesture with flat hands
“That’s how you know you’re getting old,” said Daniel in the viral clip, which was viewed nearly two million times in a day.
He first approached his wife Marciella and asked her to show the hand gesture she would use to pretend she was on the phone.
Unsurprisingly, Marciella held her thumb and pink to her mouth and food.
He then approached his tween daughter Daniella, who was busy playing on her own phone on the couch.
When he told her to show him the gesture she’s using, Daniella holds a completely flat hand to the side of her face, palm facing her ear.
Wild! Commentators did not like the discovery, although some of them had their own revelations
Wait a minute: not everyone is blown away, however. Some commentators have expressed doubts saying that they “literally NEVER see young people gesturing a phone like this”
He gives the same prompt to his teenage son Kamilo, who is also playing on his phone. Kamila does the same flat gesture as his sister.
Daniel closed the video by showing that his mind was stunned by the discovery – and the millions of viewers who have seen the clip feel the same way.
“I don’t like this at all,” wrote one commenter.
On Instagram, another admitted that her six-year-old made the full hand gesture, while another wrote, “This is actually stunning … and sad fun.”
“Oh my god, that generative” phone “hand gesture I never thought of. It’s as if everything has become rectangles, even gestures lose their silhouette, ‘a Twitter user commented.
On Instagram, another admitted that her six-year-old made the full hand gesture, while another wrote, ‘This is actually stunning … and sad fun’
Some had their own technological revelations. One woman commented that her son shouldn’t know what she means when she tells him to “hang up the phone,” and another said her kids asked her why she’s spinning to get someone down a window to roll.
However, not everyone is blown away. Some commentators have expressed doubts in saying that they “literally NEVER see young people gesturing a phone like this.”
“I’m 14 and I don’t know any person who does that flat handshake,” wrote one.
“I was born in the 00’s, but I do it with the thumb and pink fun,” wrote another.