There are a lot of great things about growing up in the world today. It’s easier to stay connected to friends and family far away, easier to network from the comfort of your home, easier for introverts to stay “social,” and easier to find your tribe – online if not in real life.
As someone who grew up in the 80s, though, I still think there’s something to be said to living life without modern technology, with television shows that are cheesy and pure, and for playing outside for hours without adults looking on anxiously.
And these 16 things? Kids today will probably never really understand, no matter how well you explain them.
16. We had that delayed gratification thing down pat.
Kids today will never know the feeling when all the copies of the movie you want are rented out; and the clerk finds one for you in the pile of returns.
— Josh Darnit (@JoshDarnit) February 21, 2019
15. I’ll never know why they didn’t make them pocket-sized.
kids today will never know the struggle pic.twitter.com/NucMOa9Ha6
— ???????? (@mattwhitlockPM) May 18, 2019
14. Or what it was like to hang out at the mall.
Kids today will never know what it was like to go see your favorite artist perform in the mall https://t.co/V4uOV9oUCT
— Johnny Boy ????????♂️✨ (@JohnTheFame) August 23, 2019
13. This is 100% true.
kids today will never know how hard it was to keep up with friends in the ‘90s. you’d lose someone in the department store and they’d return the next day a wizened old man, having spent three hundred years in the thrall of the faerie queene.
— The Library Owl (on HIATUS) ???????????? (@SketchesbyBoze) October 20, 2019
12. And you’d fight over who got a seat.
crazy how kids today will never know how fun it was to go outside every single day w ya friends and sit here pic.twitter.com/wLXxpAHbIY
— cheech (@dcstarz1) September 11, 2018
11. So I still do this on occasion.
Todays kids will never know the struggle of having to create your own ankle socks ???????? pic.twitter.com/N8Dd0e7jq8
— Trevon (@_iTrevii) June 8, 2018
10. And honestly, it shows.
Kids today know nothing about this pic.twitter.com/Zv7K8imniQ
— niggathée chalamet (@haaniyah_) December 29, 2019
9. And when it timed out with like 2 minutes left omgggg.
Kids today will never know the torture… pic.twitter.com/5zS2pOQRIF
— Nick Younker (@NYounker) April 27, 2019
8. Don’t look away at the wrong moment!
Kids today will never know what it’s like to wake up and watch the local news for the closings in alphabetical order to see if your school is closed. Now they get a text, email, call and tweet.
— Bryce Meyers (@Bmey5) January 22, 2019
7. Please don’t be fuzzy, please don’t be fuzzy…
Kids today will never know the excitement of “Free HBO” on the motel sign on a road trip. pic.twitter.com/HqUeDJ8SOv
— Salty City Sergeant (@SergeantCity) December 23, 2019
6. Sometimes I miss these types of choices.
— 90skid (@memorable_90s) September 26, 2018
5. Was it because they didn’t want to talk to you?! ARGH!
Today’s kids will never know what it feels like when your crush logs onto AIM and the door opening sounds comes on. Then 2 seconds later they sign off, door closes and you are just distraught ????????
— Amazingb_ (@AmazingB_) April 29, 2019
4. Raise your hand if you remember.
Kids today will never know , that 15 yrs ago champion was a cheap brand. They were sold on the back shelves of Modells. Shirts were 2.99 and kids made fun of you at school if you wore it.
— shethegoods (@shesthegoods) December 27, 2019
3. They will in public school.
Today’s kids will never know how big of a deal it was to go to computer lab.
— Shower Thoughts (@showerfeelings) November 24, 2019
2. Or, you know, using a landline.
— 90skid (@memorable_90s) July 18, 2019
1. That shizz could take days.
Kids today will never know the satisfaction of choosing the perfect song to have as your profile song on Myspace
— Kobie Thatcher (@KobieThatcher) December 28, 2019
I’m not saying I want to go back, but…maybe for a week or two?
What’s your favorite memory from your GenX, early-Millennial childhood? Share it with us in the comments!