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There’s a Japanese phrase, yutori sedai, that you’ll hear in just about any established company after the new hires start showing mid-spring. The term refers to people who’ve grown up in Japan’s modern, less strict educational system (which is still stricter than those in many other countries), and while yutori sedai literally translates as “relaxed generation,” it’s real meaning is closer to “damned kids today,” as it’s almost always used in a derogatory sense by an older worker who’s exasperated at a younger employee’s lack of proper manners, business acumen, or just plain common sense.

A lot of times, the people muttering under their breath about the yutori sedai do so out of a combination of stubbornly resisting change and convenient memory gaps that don’t include any of the many mistakes they made in their own youth, but this experienced salaryman may have a point, given that his yutori sedai coworker can’t seem to grasp the finer points of how to hang up a phone.

Now in all fairness, we’re betting Japanese Twitter user Ino’s coworker can handle a modern smartphone just fine. The yutori sedai employee probably also has no problem using a cordless phone, either.

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Cordless phones are still fairly common in homes with older residents, and it’s likely the house he was raised in has one that his parents still use. Odds are it looks something like the phone seen above, with a base it protrudes out of to make it easier to pick up, which might partially explain why Ino came across this in his workplace.

▼ “This is how my yutori sedai coworker left the phone in the conference room when he was done with it.”


Now, we wouldn’t expect anyone to be familiar with each and every piece of technology in the office, especially one that’s hurtling towards obsolescence as quickly as a telephone with its handset attached by a cord. But still, didn’t the yutori sedai employee notice how the receiver was placed before he picked it up? There’s also the fact the way the phone has been laid down doesn’t seem to be pressing on the part that actually hangs up the phone, so the speaker should have been emitting a series of beeps to alert him that the call has ended but the phone hasn’t been hung up.

It’s not that the young worker simply put the phone down for a moment and was intending to come back to the call, either. When Ino asked him about it, he said he’d honestly intended to end the call, and simply placed the receiver as he did when hanging up the phone at his regular work desk, which looks something like this:

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Ino still has hope for the younger generation, though, saying that the same employee who was confused by the conference room phone is making good progress in getting the hang of his day-to-day responsibilities in the office. We can’t help but wonder about one thing, though.

▼ Since the phone that stumped him has a rotary dial, was he even able to call the person he needed to talk to?

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