So my daughter who’s 10, is always complaining about being bored and having nothing to do which I find hilarious considering she has a room full of toys, cell phone, computers, internet, hoverboard, video games, not to mention several friends from school who lives on the same street as us. Options galore!
It got me thinking about when I was younger and how different my childhood was from the way my kids are growing up which made me feel old!
Not because of the differences because change is a normal part of life but because I could picture the grumpy old man from just about any 90’s movie shaking his fist “saying you kids today don’t know how good you got it”.
That was me for a good 10 minutes (scary!). So, of course, I decided to write some of those things down and share them with you.
Heres what I noticed….
I used to LOVE going to blockbuster to pick out a couple of movies, if I was really lucky I got to rent a video game to. But it wasn’t just what I had when I left the store, it was pure excitement on the way there and lots of fun making a selection.
ONLINE STREAMING SERVICES
My kids have the option to watch what they want when they want without even moving from the couch.
How awful was it to bring a movie home to watch, pop it in the VCR only to find the last person who rented it didn’t rewind it to the beginning. And let’s not forget how long it took before a movie that was playing in the theater to actually come to video.
ONLINE STEAMING (AGAIN)
Because who still buys DVDs? My daughter had a few DVDs years ago but my son who’s 1 won’t even know what a DVD is
One of the big joys of my childhood was going into Toys R Us or one of the many other toys stores in the area to pick out a toy and play with all the display toys.
Ok, so there are still some toy stores around but not as many as there were when I was coming up. And why go to a store when she can just add things to our Amazon wishlist and be done with it (simple right?).
I remember having so many disposable cameras, snapping all of these awesome pictures, then taking the camera to Walgreens to get the film developed, waiting a week or two to get them back only to realize half the pictures were pretty damn awful. Oh, let’s not forget the Polaroid camera that was the closest thing we had to instant pictures, after fanning it for about a minute.
CELL PHONES, IPADS, DIGITAL CAMERAS ECT
Take your pick it’s all instant!
Ah yes, homework. It was fine until you had questions that you really didn’t know the answers to or an essay that required research, then it was off to the library.
There is an endless amount of information just a click or touch away, no going to the library for answers. No need to even leave the bed with a cell phone in hand.
Dial-up man… Dial-up! Wanna surf the web? No problem let’s just sit at the computer and listen to that god awful dial-up sound for about 15 minutes before you can even think of clicking on internet explorer. And you can forget about getting any phone calls while you’re on the computer, all you can do is hope there’s not an emergency cause all they’ll hear is
OLD CELL PHONES
I got my first cell phone when I was about 13, none of my other friends had one yet so naturally, I thought I was cool asf! I remember having it clipped to the side on my belt. I only had about 60 minutes of actual talk time though so calls were quick. There was one game programmed on it, I think it was Tetris but who knows, we didn’t use our phones for games back then
Remember not knowing who was calling before you answered the phone? I do! And those awful answering machines that were so loud everybody could hear the message. But one good thing about having landlines is that you knew everyone number by heart, I can barely remember my own number most days let alone anyone else’s
Nowadays most elementary school kids have one. There’s no shortage of awesome games with amazing graphics. Unlimited text messages, and data, facetime… I could go on and on.