What's different now than when you were a kid?

posted 2 years ago in Family
Post # 91
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I also miss passing notes. Do kids still pass notes? Or do they just text now?!

Post # 92
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, so I feel like I experienced both analog and digital worlds. One thing I miss very much is a time when people weren’t glued to their cell phones, which really aren’t phones anymore, but little computers and tracking devices.

I also miss:

-Garbage Pail Kids and running out to the ice cream man to buy more and to get one of these:

-Riding our bikes all day long and playing outside and not worrying about it

-The way cereals used to taste – I’ve tried Cookie Crunch and Fruity Pebbles recently, the flavor is soooo different.

-People did not get offended by every little thing back then (or at least it felt that way).

-Not knowing things. If we were wondering about some trivia or the name of a song or anything really, we had to wait until we could look it up in a library or encyclopedia set, or ask someone who knew, or until the song was repeated on the radio and the DJ actually let us know the title/artist of the song.

-And speaking of music, I miss Music Plus, Blockbuster, and Tower Records

-Being out and about and not having people texting me or calling me or messaging me. I could go home and call them back or wait until they called me and then spend a good hour or so on the phone catching up. 

-Real cameras and picking up our film after it was developed at Kmart or the little developing huts in the parking lots of strip malls.

 

Post # 93
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Bumble bee

People were just as offended back then. They just didn’t feel empowered to say anything. I can tick off endless examples of blatantly sexist or racist remarks I heard people say as a teenager where I just bit my tongue and silently seethed. But in the modern day I’m a lot more likely to call the person out. 

Post # 94
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I miss the feeling of endless summers as a kid. The Summer holidays would be just so long and the days would roll by with a flow between bike riding, swimming, the beach, water fights, hanging with friends and family…

When I look back at photos of myself and friends as teens we look like big dorks with bad hair, make up and clothes. We were interested in boys but everything was less sexualized and our clothes and behaviour reflected that. The younger generation these days are so much more sophisticated than us in appearance and adult understanding than we were at the same age. It actually makes me sad to think that my kids will grow up with a shorter period of innocence and childhood. 😢

I also miss that ten bucks could buy you a movie ticket a happy meal and a chocolate bar for a day out with friends.

Husband and I don’t go to the movies much anymore because its so freaking expensive. 23 bucks for an adult ticket 😵 A popcorn and two cokes clocks in at $26 these days! The popcorn isn’t even made fresh anymore!!! Hoyt’s you can definitely f*ck off with your ridiculous pricing, assigned seating and dirty as hell cinemas where most chairs are sticky and strewn with old popcorn…

Post # 95
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Bumble Beekeeper

cmsgirl :  

I felt  just the same over movies , then moved to where we are now , where we are utterly blessed with a little old- fashioned movie theatre costing $8 a ticket , any session, good new movies,   fresh  made popcorn and  new seats .  Plus we can walk there.  So lucky . ! 

Post # 96
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Sugar bee

msbibliotecaria :  We have a gas station near us that still has those – and I definitely buy them more than I should … I blame the baby!

Post # 97
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

elderbee :  Im totally envious. All our little independent cinemas closed here and now its just big cavernous megaplex type cinema’s that are expensive, understaffed and dirty…. 

I

Post # 98
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’m amazed at the level of freedom I had as a kid and teen.  Every day off, my parents would basically shoo us out of the house and tell us to come back if/when we were hungry or bleeding.  It was just kind of understood we would be home before the time they generally went to bed.  

My friends and I would automatically gravitate to either the pond or the creek.  No idea why – I’m 100% sure no kids are allowed to hang out in those same places today.  They were wildly unsafe and very isolated, and we did get injured many times.  And then in the later years we got drunk or messed around more than once.  But it was kind of expected that that kind of stuff would happen and that we would have the wherewithall to manage it.

We all lived, so there must have been something to that.

Post # 99
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

rheedic :  Those were the best! So unpredictable, those little guys were. 

Post # 100
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

DoubleD :  I miss thinking that my parents had ALL THE ANSWERS to life questions. 

I also miss good cartoons – Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold, Doug, Rugrats, etc.

I also REALLY miss a social media-free world, and not having email on my phone! I miss when texting was something you didn’t DARE accidentally do on your Nokia because it was far too expensive. 

My fiancée is just 3 years younger than me and a lot of this is lost on her – crazy how fast things change. 

OH! Most of all – I miss 90s music! For our wedding, I have literally requested that there is only classic rock, 90s music, and old school country played 😜

Post # 101
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348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

DoubleD :  LOLOL yes to listening to sounds over and over for lyrics and getting SO excited when CDs came with lyrics!

OH AND BLOCKBUSTER! Such a fun time to be able to go pick some movies and snacks 😩

Post # 102
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

nerk :  Scholastic book fairs were the highlight of my life!

Post # 103
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Bumble Beekeeper

cmsgirl :  

I wish everyone could have our little old refurbished cinema  , it is such a treasure,  it even has old movie posters , Garbo and such in there . 

In the holidays , like now, there are tribes of  children going in the  see the kids’ movies. And all year at night and afternoon  people go . It a place where you  often  see people happily on  their own too, of all ages.   

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