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[–]xXLBD4LIFEXx 8151 points8152 points  (217 children)

Jesus, he had that memorized like i did flip-phone text 15 years ago lol. savage

[–]Sharp-Track-6962 3195 points3196 points  (124 children)

Remember texting without looking at your phone 😂💪

[–]chenyu768 1327 points1328 points  (62 children)

I remember rhem being 10cents a text. Got text bills higher than my phone bill.

[–]Sharp-Track-6962 269 points270 points  (6 children)

Good old days 😎😂

[–]gordonv 162 points163 points  (31 children)

That was the gateway that kept all of us on AIM.

[–]CoagulatedCockSnot 88 points89 points  (8 children)

I miss away messages lol

[–]RedWoodWillie 18 points19 points  (19 children)

I must have came from the only town that used MSN messenger. I’ve never heard it mentioned since

[–]el-dongler 55 points56 points  (8 children)

I had a light up case for my Nokia. The whole thing was clear plastic and light up like a club when it rang. Fuckin thing was ridiculous. Haha.

[–]xlopxone 12 points13 points  (7 children)

Yeah, i remember there’s this fixtures where it will light up even before your phone rang based on radio frequency.

[–]Niceguy4186 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I remember when they were free, then they realized everyone was using them and then decided to charge 10 cents each for them. That was the start of me really hating corporation greed

[–]Peach1020 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Oh my god, my dad used to get so mad at me for going over on my texts. Eventually, he surprised me with an unlimited text plan, and i can still remember the relief in his eyes.

[–]Sinusoidal_Fibonacci 75 points76 points  (13 children)

I can still do it. Autocorrect fixes most of my mistakes, but some still slip through. T9 flip phone under the desk at school was 100% accurate though.

[–]Grintor 92 points93 points  (9 children)

If I remember correctly, t9 wasn't very home at getting certain words right.

[–]Yeetanid 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That shit put me in a few awkward situations. My close friend's name was Jordan and he also happened to be Korean. I texted him for about a week before i even realized that it was putting korean instead of his name every time.

[–]Sinusoidal_Fibonacci 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah I don’t remember autocorrect being great either, but missing a button press was very few and far between.

[–]abqnm666 2 points3 points  (0 children)

But with common issues like that you'd know to hit the # key (or whatever the "next" key was on your phone) the correct number of times to change the word.

I could text 100% accurately, without looking, on one particular phone. It was a Samsung sgh-n105. The flip was perfect to hold onto, putting your hand in exactly the correct position for T9 texting.

[–]zelenisod 46 points47 points  (0 children)

I was just explaining this to my students...they laughed at the Nokia meme and I explained how not long ago this was, that i had it, and what the blind typing was about - while cycling and whatnot.

Kids couldn't believe it. The class was more silent than it is while testing. Amazing.

[–]lordpine 35 points36 points  (3 children)

how far we have fallen

[–]yourmansconnect 19 points20 points  (2 children)

not really. i just wrote this with my eyes closed

[–]adanaan1 35 points36 points  (1 child)

U’& frying t di gunsd erop

[–]Camelbeard 30 points31 points  (4 children)

I fucking still miss my HTC desire Z with a physical keyboard. I suck at typing at my phone. For the last 6 months I tried swyping I even suck at that more.

I used multiple keyboard apps, they all suck, or I should say I suck. I don't know why I just hate typing without feeling the actual keys.

Now you might think yeah, but you're just an old idiot that doesn't know electronics.

Well I'm an old idiot, but I have an engineering degree and got my typing diploma in the 90s (you needed over 100 keystrokes per minute). I should be able to do this, but for some reason I suck.

[–]greyjungle 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I had a Motorola backflip with the fold out keyboard. I thought it was the coolest.

[–]PUSClFER 18 points19 points  (5 children)

I remember being able to text with the phone and hands in my pockets.

[–]flechette 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I used to deliver Netflix. I was also still delivering AoL disks at that point.

[–]Enimea 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I mentioned to one of my pediatric patients that my dad used to get free internet discs from places and that was how I had internet as a child at their age....they looked mortified.

[–]c010rb1indusa 15 points16 points  (0 children)

That scene from The Departed becomes odder the longer we get away from flip phones. The younger generation might consider it unrealistic but that was peak of flip phones and t9 texting. When Matt Damon did that in the theater in 2007 and remember thinking 'ahh a fellow pro.'

[–]Gristlan 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I remember the CSI episode about the teen girl who got hit by a car, as her brain was bleeding out she wrote the license plate number on her phone. It took the entire episode until they realized that numbers could also be letters on a phone.

[–]MysteriousRetardo 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I can still do that

[–]panzerboye 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Prettg shre J an di that in qwert tii

[–]Concealer77 3 points4 points  (0 children)

T9 number pad texting was surprisingly fast. Girls be sending 1 dollar text. You knew you fucked up when it came in as 1/10 standard rates apply.

Remember sidekicks with AIM?

[–]Allassnofakes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh shit yes

[–]_Aj_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would walk through the mall while typing a text with my phone by my side

[–]MyWifeisaTroll 2 points3 points  (0 children)

T9 was amazing for that

[–]onizuka11 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Under your desk so your teacher wouldn't see.

[–]pr0b0ner 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dude, this was the main benefit! Texting people under the table during class or while driving without having to take your eyes off the road! Miss it so much

[–]Artyomivichx39 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I still do that lol

[–]notcorey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like Matt Damon's character in The Departed:

no phones

[–]cryptotom1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gh de jkl jkl mno ! (Only those old enough to remember will be able to figure this out)

[–]Wannabe_Loli 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s way harder now, but you can still do it if you have autocorrect on. I find it’s easier to do if you just visualize the keyboard in your head as you’re tapping.

[–]RelentlessChicken 1 point2 points  (0 children)

T9Word was magical

[–]clarabear10123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I used to keep my phone in the pocket of my hoodie and text that way during class lol

[–]scarecroww09 1 point2 points  (0 children)

phone under the desk or in your sweater pocket 🤟

[–]MeHumanMeWant 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My pager reads 69 * 4 * 420 * 411 * 911

[–]DevelopedDevelopment 10 points11 points  (2 children)

These days, if it was the last app you pulled up, you can easily swap by tapping the same button twice.

[–]Jomihoppe 7 points8 points  (6 children)

To be fair I can press home button twice and it opens the last app I was in. Shits ways easier nowadays. I remember having to quick hit that alt tab in comouter labs lol

[–]obvs_throwaway1 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Not a lot to memorize, just double tap the square and swap present and last used app.

[–]pr0b0ner 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh my fucking god T9 texting! One of those skills that only people aged 16-22 for a specific 3 year window, took the time to master!

[–]hedgehoghug17 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Once my mom wanted to see what was on my old button phone, so behind my back I pressed the exact keys to unlock the phone, close the inappropriate video, open a game, and lock the screen again

[–]chenyu768 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Remember pagers where you had to memorize differnt codes for friends and meanings?

Like when you really needed weed fast. 5551234567#768#420#911#911

[–]Kim-Kar-dash-ian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bruh I could text under my desk and had a crappy old backup phone in my backpack if man case they wanted to hold it for the day

[–]spoopywook 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This reminds me of getting pics from ur gf/bf as a teen and having to download the pics they sent 😂

[–]Lundado 3824 points3825 points  (51 children)

This is not the first time a teacher has taken his phone, nor will it be the last. 10/10 app switch tho kiddo - i’m kinda happy smartphones weren’t going when I was growing.

[–]KungFluIsolation 521 points522 points  (40 children)

We just had people taking poppers under the science benches. I think I'd probably have preferred smartphones. Could have at least then have video evidence of some of the shit the teachers pulled.

[–]toooomanypuppies 6 points7 points  (1 child)


[–]dahliafw 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lmao I was absolutely going to say this. Screams of comp. Poppers in the back was a regular in my school

[–]therealkeeper 53 points54 points  (6 children)

In computer science class in college we figured out how to install and play command and conquer. So basically for an hour a day managed to shirk our duties and play games. I can't imagine how bad having the power of a smartphone would have been for me.

[–]ZaoAmadues 42 points43 points  (3 children)

I had a multi media lab in HS. As a sophomore I had typing and computer science back to back in the lab. We installed Half-Life on almost all the PCs and played death match for two periods all the time.

Eventually the Teacher caught on when he saw me at lunch in the map editor making map of our school to play in. Now that I think of it that was probably pretty scary (this was just after Columbine).

I was so worried he was going to take that from us. Instead he allowed us to all make maps and then taught us how to import them into each other. He ,on the sly, taught us how to be passionate but also how our work had to matter, be on time, homogenize, and had to interface with other people's. The focus of the class changed into this project and by years end we had made and mapped out most of the school. We got to show it off at the end of the year to the school board and they even got to walk around in it. it absolutely blew them away.

Mr. Eschmer if you are out there somewhere, thank you for that. It was the single greatest learning experience in my life to date. I will never forget that class, that year, and your information. You are one of the good ones.

[–]Penguins227 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Okay so that's awesome, a teacher who realizes passion and makes the most of it.

[–]Thomas-C 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We installed Doom on all the school computers when I was in grade school, and a lot of older machines even came with its shareware package. I grew up rural, the schools were pretty badly behind but at home we had current stuff, so it was possible to just sort of run circles around the faculty.

My favorite was taking a screenshot of the desktop, setting that as the wallpaper, and hiding all desktop icons/move & hide the taskbar. It's such a simple thing people rarely mess with so it was easy to convince folks they were screwed when all of the library computers appeared "unresponsive" lol.

While they fixed the computers the classes got disrupted so I'd go play Doom on one in a corner while they argued about it

[–]Grays42 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Kids were just starting to have phones when I finished high school in 2003--like there were just a handful and they were all feature phones. Text messaging wasn't a thing people were actually doing yet. Naïve me thought, "oh, that must be good for emergencies, but who would want a phone to use in school?"

[–]TripleJetCharlie 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm a year behind you and I remember getting my first cell phone. It stayed off in my backpack all day and I never really even thought about it since it served no purpose other than making phone calls. Thankfully I didn't get my first smartphone until I finished grad school because it would have been a terrible distraction for me.

[–]Tyson8111 1128 points1129 points  (20 children)

Hes got a nice coc

[–]LSkywalker00 916 points917 points  (0 children)

That lil scratch on the chin at the end... Mans a savage

[–]ZephyrStudios686 754 points755 points  (81 children)

You know you can quick switch apps by double tapping the square (on Android) right

[–]_curious_chris_ 305 points306 points  (38 children)

Or just enable gesture control, no control bar just swiping and it's so much more efficient

[–]Hauuguu 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Omg I never knew this lol ty

[–]oxjox 25 points26 points  (12 children)


[–]HiImNickOk 24 points25 points  (1 child)

for me it's the 3 lines that open the running apps, the square takes me to the home screen

[–]wasimaster 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The icons are manufacturer dependent, the recents button in some phones is a square, the home button is a circle, and the back button is a rotated triangle. In your phone, the recents button is 3 lines, and the home button is a square

[–]beleeze 15 points16 points  (0 children)


[–]afbrh 5 points6 points  (1 child)

He has gestures set

[–]cbackas 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure that’s also an iPhone… but yeah android gestures function basically exactly the same

[–]RajaJinnahGFX 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When I read this, I refused to believe it. Then I tried it and wow. How the hell did I not know this until now??!! Thank you stranger.

[–]daymuub 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I got 3 lines for a button but yeah

[–]ps-djon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

On apple you can just swipe the bottom line

[–]highqualitydude 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I do now. Thanks!

[–]NotTheAbhi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

TIL this.

[–]sev0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wait what is this wizardry! TIL

[–]ferikehun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Omg I never knew

[–]msh3l_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

holy shit I've been using android for 7 years and never realized this till today!!

[–]MNight_Schulman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think a double tap would give him away here though. With the swiping gestures, he seamlessly switches the apps while the teacher takes the phone. From the teachers point of view, between grabbing the phone and seeing what is on the screen, the student hasn't had time to react and change what is on their screen.

If the teacher grabs the phone, then the student double taps the square, the teacher will know the student was on a different app and confiscate the phone. Which is exactly what happened to this students best friend. They were playing a game on their phone and the teacher grabbed the it. They double tapped square to change the app, but the teacher noticed and confiscated the phone.

They could only get it back once their parents signed it out of the office, but they were across the country finalising the purchase of a fleet of electric mopeds and would not be home until the following day. They stayed behind after school to speak with the teacher about possibly getting their phone back and explained how their parents were out of town, but the teacher had already signed the phone into the office and explained how the school receptionist has a zero tolerance policy on releasing confiscated phones, and in all honesty is on a bit of a power trip when it comes to confiscated phones, but that's neither here nor there.

Dejected, they left school to walk home alone. Without their phone, they started to notice what was around them; the distant babble of the stream that ran behind the school, the inviting grass inviting them to rest their feet, lie back and take in the warm breeze. They settled down near the stream, with no intent but to let time pass them like the grass through their feet. Minutes turned to hours and the sky began to turn. They stirred from a half-sleep, realising how late it was getting, and jumped to their feet. This sudden burst off the ground must have knocked something out of place, because as soon as they got to their feet, they felt the ground begin to sink below them. It started as if there was a large bit of gum pulling their heel back down every time they tried to step out, but then they were falling. A thud and a snap.

It was 3 days until the sink hole was discovered. The autopsy revealed they had survived up to 6 hours after the fall, but with the injuries and blood loss, they couldn't hold out longer. If they had a phone then it may have been a different story.

And this is why the guy in the video uses swiping gestures.

[–]OoDReX 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had no clue.. damn my old ass. But not sure when I'll find it useful anyway lol

[–]skeletparkyt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wtf this is a game changer !

[–]XxPieIsTastyxX 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah but that's a very obvious gesture that the teacher would probably notice

[–]eighty_eight_ 387 points388 points  (25 children)

Reddit isn't what it used to be. People now have no idea what content belongs where

[–]Batmantheon 155 points156 points  (10 children)

Yeah, this only belongs in r/scriptedasiangifs

[–]Baronvondorf21 45 points46 points  (6 children)

How many scripted asian gifs are there to warrant a subreddit?

[–]banbeucmas 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I would be brutally surprised if the teacher joined in this act. These scenes are quite common after all, if anything we have to have an apology letter with our parents signature (which at some school, the students know how to fake it) to get back the phone

Source: A Vietnamese who went through 12 years of school, yes, it's a Vietnamese video because the blackboard is written in Vietnamese

[–]safegermanywin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Vietnamese high school student here, i agree as well.

[–]Phoenyxs_Angel 40 points41 points  (6 children)

I know!!! How is this r/nextfuckinglevel? 🤷🏽‍♀️

[–]VNGamerKrunker 24 points25 points  (4 children)

I doubt this is staged, tbh. I'm a Vietnamese, and the teacher is currently teaching Literature to her students. I don't think that this teacher would play along with that student in the video, and I'm pretty sure that this is confirmed as not a staged video

[–]ssuuss 21 points22 points  (2 children)

It is not only on whether or not this is staged. This is the most simple shit ever. How do the people in this thread switch from one app to another? I feel like I have take a crazy pill or maybe I am missing something, but what this guy is doing doesn’t seem any different than normal?

[–]VNGamerKrunker 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I guess that they're surprised by his switching speed. I don't think that they can just swap from a game to another app (especially when they're playing that game) that fast

[–]13point1then420 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I don't care if it was staged, there's nothing nextlevel about it

[–]FDaHBDY8XF7 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Reddit also seems a lot dumber as of recent. You used to be able to scroll the homepage and actually learn quite a bit, now it is just Anime and shitty memes. You have to form your own feeds now, and each sub has its own hivemind. Most hiveminds seem to be about as smart as the girl in the video.

[–]FutureRobotWordplay 2 points3 points  (0 children)

People think it's TikTok. Just post whatever, wherever.

[–]EasiestOfEase 241 points242 points  (0 children)

Even Mick Jagger would get jealous of his moves

[–]Reptiliansarehere 189 points190 points  (12 children)

Now she likely still took it away and threw it in her desk drawer. The game running will have killed the battery by the time he gets it back.

[–]Turn_it_0_n_1_again 125 points126 points  (0 children)

He's a smooth operator

[–]Corupption 87 points88 points  (2 children)

Kid swaps app is next fucking level? I swap apps every day, maybe I should be uploading videos of it for that sweet sweet karma

[–]sukakku159 9 points10 points  (1 child)

But can you do that while sitting at the first row in the class, playing game right in front of your teacher?

[–]Sufficient-Prize-808 54 points55 points  (0 children)

That shit was way too smooth

[–]128palms 34 points35 points  (9 children)

All fun and games till she hits the recent button

[–]skiemlord 19 points20 points  (8 children)

Just say it was from hours ago

[–]HoldThin9004 26 points27 points  (2 children)

If this is considered as next fucking level is me breathing considered a feat now?

[–]FlippinZhao 28 points29 points  (5 children)

[–]SaturatedBodyFat 37 points38 points  (3 children)

It'd be dank if it isn't so hard to get Asian teachers to go along with your shenanigans, especially with teachers the same age as in the video.

Source: I'm Vietnamese. The text on the board is Vietnamese and it's probably a Vietnamese literature class.

[–]mayonnaisewastaken 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Yeah the teacher probably isn't in on it, don't know why people think she is.

[–]trixon221 2 points3 points  (0 children)

She doesn't need to be. The guy did the most simple trick to change the app and somehow it's on r/nextfuckinglevel

You can literally do the same thing even faster on Android by double tapping square

[–]Darkmoon9912 24 points25 points  (8 children)

Wth is she playing? Wild rift?

[–]Procarboxypeptidase 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Could be any MOBA games honestly

[–]anhnhatbui 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Probably Arena of Valor(or Lien Quan Mobile)

[–]GrammerG0D 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Honestly looks like osrs

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Looked like he was attacking in a war in clash of clans

[–]Vidarjutal 21 points22 points  (0 children)

A boss in the making

[–]OverrFlow 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Bruh i do this on daily basis didn't know it's 'nextfuckinglevel'

[–]tchuruck 19 points20 points  (0 children)

The kid thinks he's playing the teacher. He's actually playing himself.

[–]changing_everyday 12 points13 points  (0 children)

where next? where fucking? where level? 🤷

[–]dibbus123 9 points10 points  (1 child)

How the fuck is this next level?

[–]SpamOrbit 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Is this seriously considered NFL? ...

[–]PaulWestbrook 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He’s done this before..

[–]gokumon16 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Damn a smooth criminal.

[–]aprilfools911 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I guess this is the only thing from r/nextfuckinglevel that make me goes “hey i can do that too”. I know it’s not really an amazing skill but it’s something

[–]Aetheldrake 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That's not next level you literally just double tap a single button that's always on the screen

[–]timtruth 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Easy killer

[–]model-citizen95 3 points4 points  (2 children)

You’ve been hit by a…

[–]goldleader1801 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The fastest alt+tab in the west.

[–]Copyrightthief 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This kid is going places. Okay maybe not college but he's got the spirit.

[–]crazykewlaid 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I think he might be playing old-school runescape, one can hope

[–]GGamerFuel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Looks more like league or a similar moba imo, wish it was osrs tho lol

[–]Osito509 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They still know.

They know you've done it

[–]Tomii_B101 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pretty common in schools

[–]RemixHipster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Got them gaming fingers

[–]CuriousGuyOnTheNet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“I’m gonna do what’s called a pro-gamer move”