Talkin’ ‘bout Thumb Generation

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Are you one of the Thumb Generation?

Are you part of the Thumb Generation? No, nothing to do with Tom Thumb or Gulliver’s Travels, but an exciting new breed of thumb contortionists who can create delightful prose on a smartphone’s bijou little touchscreen keypad using the lightest kiss of a thumbtip. In honor of these thumb heroes here is a re-write of the lyrics to the The Who’s famous song.

I have included a link to The Who performing this on YouTube so you can sing along, if you like. (Needless to say this is an anthem that was created long before I was born: my grandparents told me about it… ;-))

And that was back in the days before someone like Justin Bieber, who hits the headlines for disgusting behavior now because he spits on a few fans over a balcony in Toronto, is a mere bagatelle compared with bands like this who could trash an entire 5* hotel in an evening and thousands’ worth of Fender Strat guitars and Marshall speaker cabs at the end of a performance (see video below). Not that drugs were involved, of course…

With thanks to my good friend and colleague Nanette Levin in NY State for alerting me to this excellent description of smartphone devotees.

Talkin’ ‘bout Thumb Generation 2013

People try to say we’re bums (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
Just because we use our thumbs (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
Things we type look pretty good (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
That’s just how our text stuff should (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)

It’s the thumb generation
It’s the thumb generation, baby

Why don’t you all t-try it out (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
Tap your thumbs around about (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
I’m not trying to cause your thumbs some p-p-pain (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
I’m just sayin’ you’ll get some g-g-g-gain (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)

Thumb generation
It’s the thumb generation, baby

Why don’t fingers f-fade away (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
And let th-thumbs write what we all s-s-say (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
I’m not trying to cause a t-text- s-s-sensation (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
I’m just talkin’ ’bout thumbs g-g-generation (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)

It’s the thumb generation
It’s the thumb generation, baby
Thumb thumb thumb generation

People use their fingers n-now (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
That’s because they don’t know h-h-how (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
Things they do look sh*t in bold (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
That’s why thumbs are p-p-preferable… (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)

It’s the thumb generation (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
Thumb generation (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
It’s the thumb generation, baby (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
It’s the thumb generation (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
It’s the thumb generation (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
It’s the thumb generation (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)
It’s the thumb generation (Talkin’ ’bout thumb generation)

Here’s the original to sing along with…

With grateful thanks to The Who.

Are you one of the thumb generation? Or do you have trouble typing with anything other than your fingers? Please share your views!

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  1. Love it and had great fun singing it to the original.
    But I didn’t realise I was of the same generation as your grandparents. You’re looking quite old for your age, then …. (* VERY swift exit!) 😉

  2. Definitely a generation thing! I can’t use my thumbs at all

    • Libby, my son’s thumbs are twice the size of mine and he could copytype the entire Gettysburg Address in 2 minutes on his smartphone. I just don’t have the right knack; sadly, I am thumbstruck… 😉 Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Since I use a slider keyboard, thus sliding my finger across the keyboard, I do not use my thumb. But I actually miss having a physical keyboard like I did with my Palm Pre. Cindy

    • Much as folks tell me I’m nuts, I’m seriously considering getting one of the bigger Blackberries. The protruding buttons on their keyboards work for me whereas the little blobs on the glass may as well be halfway up the wall when I’m trying to hit them to type something. Maybe your slider keyboard would be better for me, Cindy. What do you think?

      • Do I think it’s nuts to consider a Blackberry? Yes. As sad as it is to say, they do not have a future as a company. As for the keyboard, yes I think you would like a slider keyboard much more than a traditional touch keyboard. I love the sliding keyboards on my Nexus 7 and Galaxy S III. In fact, I wish I could change out the keyboard on my iPad for one. But Apple will never allow that.

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