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Mintap 19 points ago +19 / -0

My kids are doing all of that right now.

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entwickelnden 3 points ago +3 / -0

i still do!

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KeeptheChief 10 points ago +10 / -0

I remember reading in 3-2-1 Contact (yeah, I'm old) about the coming "information superhighway" and how it was going to change everything. I remember I couldn't even think of how it would work.

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progressives4Trump 7 points ago +7 / -0

Mr. Wizard couldn't even see this coming.

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I_Used_to_be_me 3 points ago +3 / -0

I can still remember the day my older brother came home from the library, and excitedly tried explaining to my mother and I about "this new thing called 'the internet'." I was young, but old enough to somewhat grasp.. but it was still far beyond anything we could comprehend. By around 3rd grade (w/ my brother in high school) we were one of the only people who had a computer and internet access. There wasn't a ton we could do, though. By the time I was in high school, it was basically everywhere, but not literally in our pockets. We weren't basically "in the internet" all day — we had to sit down to access it, and then we could walk away. I think this, personally, was a great time to grow up, because we kind of had one foot in the old world and one in the new. I still recall my childhood very much like this meme describes, but I also remember talking to my friends in high school over AIM. And all throughout (roughly) grades 3-12, my age group was.... not smarter, but I guess more capable with technology to where it put us in a position to do and understand things that our parents and teachers couldn't. I remember in grade 4, I was basically the school's IT department. They'd call my name over the intercom to go fix one of the few computers floating around the school lol. In 5th grade, I built my first PC. But it wasn't until I was about 20 that smart phones came out, and for that I am grateful. Even my younger cousins and friends' younger siblings (only 2-3 years younger) were SOOOO different, and I can remember my friends and I, even as kids, were able to recognize that they were a completely different generation in a completely different world.

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HiddenDekuScrub 1 point ago +1 / -0

I think back in the day, people just thought the "information superhighway" was just more cable TV. It blew over most peoples' heads.

I remember in the 90s dialing into a school system that had Lynx as a browser. The early internet was amazing in a ham radio sort of way, precisely because it was really only nerds there. The barrier to entry was your ability to maintain a computer.

Smartphones, or, precisely, the iPhone followed by android, as well as social media, ruined this. They removed that responsibility needed to get online.

Now we have a world full of idiots who call in to yell at their ISP about how "frustrated" they are. Usually over nothing.

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Datamancer 13 points ago +14 / -1

So grateful that I grew up 70's and 80's.

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FustercluckArmy 13 points ago +13 / -0

I have done every single one of those things. A kid being born today will likely get to do none of those things. That, my frens, is a crime worth punishing.

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45isthebomb 14 points ago +14 / -0

My 6 yr old grandson, helped me water the garden, clean the pool, set up the trailer for our "camping" night. The kid swam for 6 hours today and told me he loved me when I tucked him in tonight. The best part was after we had made fish tacos, we went for a short swim, I said do you want to tuck in for the night. and he said I cant wait to go to sleep. Not one moment of TV or phones all day. I feel so blessed. Happy Canada day to everyone and a happy 4th on Sunday.

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entwickelnden 3 points ago +3 / -0

You are a very rich person, i dont have a family yet but i hope to give my parents exactly this opportunity. have a great 4th and thank you for being such a great grandparent. As someone who grew up far away from grandparents / aunts / uncles... i firmly believe they are required to ensure kids and their kids grow up right. No single set of parents can do al of those roles and provide all of those different perspectives.

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TheThreeSeashells 8 points ago +8 / -0

Other soon to be forgotten things that kids will never get to enjoy: Kids roaming the aisles of toy stores which was like a trip to the North Pole any time of year.

For older kids: My friends and I used to have all the used record/CD shops mapped out in our heads and would regularly get together to drive around shopping for actual music (not the crap passed off as music today) and grab a bite to eat. Then still get together later that night and hang around a little more.

Now those types of stores are all gone. I spent hours (and way too much money probably) in record stores, seeing the same folks all the time and talking about music. Now they're almost all gone. Sorry, but internet chat rooms and message boards and buying music online is nowhere near the same experience. It's much worse.

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HiddenDekuScrub 4 points ago +4 / -0

Remember shopping without worrying whether or not what you're buying went "woke" recently? Those were the days.

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Character_Zero 1 point ago +1 / -0

I don't know your musical tastes, but there are still young artists who are good. Check out some Billy Strings.

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TheThreeSeashells 2 points ago +2 / -0

I like anything original and melodic, leaning toward classic power pop (not the re-invented shit they started calling "power pop" in the late 90s) and rock and roll. But I'm all over the place. I'm not a big fan of Bluegrass, but I'll listen to it from time to time if I stumble on it. I'll give him a shot.

I know everyone says, "There's still good music. Check out this group." That's fair. My beef is mainly that it's few and far between and not much exciting or original. Used to be there would be a few new albums worth checking out every month. Now we have a music desert with the occasional oasis and most new music is massively boring.

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progressives4Trump 1 point ago +1 / -0

Punish the parents, then.

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Tazchaz 7 points ago +8 / -1

I grew up in the 60s and 70s. Besides what was stated we also grew up with the best music. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Allman Bros. Band, Grand Funk Railroad, CCR and the list goes on and on. I remember my teenage years when we would be at the lake every weekend camping. I'd go back and do it all over again if I could.

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45isthebomb 2 points ago +2 / -0

Your comment is awesome. I have been listening to spotify all week and they just don't make music like they did in the 60,70,80,90"s any more. I had a 24 year old employee tell me that even though the music I listened to isn't his favorite he said, All of those musicians had really good voices back then. For you young uns, throw away that rap . Listen to the music listed above, throw in some Eagles, Boz Scaggs, Earth Wind and FIre, Stevie Wonder. Some Canadian groups like Blue Rodeo, Bare Naked Ladies, Chilliwack. Many more. My 26 year old daughter is fascinated by our playlist she still likes the HICK HOP and newer stuff. Oh and Elton John is one of the best and Bernie Taupin is one if not the best song writer of all time.

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Brookes 1 point ago +1 / -0

Dude you forgot the Stones and of course my favorite The Who!! Just listened to the entire Quadrophenia last weekend at 8 gazillion decibels! Lol! Old lady pede rocks!

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phuckles 7 points ago +8 / -1

80's kid here. Maybe the last generation who knew this time.

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Czshad2 6 points ago +7 / -1

Holy shit! Reading that made so much nostalgia rush in. What great times we had back then. A shame we can't go back.

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DonnieRamesJio 5 points ago +5 / -0

Riding in open truck beds on the freeway

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Zippythekid 5 points ago +5 / -0

Popping tar bubbles in the street. I remember my mother having to use turpentine to get the melted tar out from between my toes after playing barefoot all day.

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Cuzyoudbeinjail 6 points ago +6 / -0

Man we had tough feet when we were kids.

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SneedsFeedNSeed 4 points ago +4 / -0

Street lights? City folks.

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michelleobama22 1 point ago +1 / -0

what hick town doesnt have some lights? shaddap stupid

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45isthebomb 4 points ago +4 / -0

Maybe its; just where I lived for the last 50 years but are there still fire flies around? Pedes does anyone still see them flying? When I was a child growing up in West Virginia I saw them every summer. Hoping they still are around...

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ouvrez_les_yeux 1 point ago +1 / -0

Maryland still has them.

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MAGAFox 3 points ago +3 / -0

My dad had a bell mounted outside. I could play anywhere so long as I could hear that bell.

I got in trouble so many times going inside my friends' houses to play their Nintendo games haha

I miss those days.

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Pepesforfreedom 3 points ago +3 / -0

Technology is a great thing. But we need to keep the basic, simple things a priority for the kids.

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TheThreeSeashells 3 points ago +3 / -0

Parents need to talk to them, too. I have a lot of memories driving with my parents (in the front seat without a seat belt) and talking to them. I see so many parents now throw their kids in the car and either shove a device in their faces or turn on back seat TVs to shut them up. I've even seen the morons who strap their kids in car seats where they face the back of the car, like they don't even want to look at them.

That should be valuable bonding time spent. Not just another place to ignore your kids and let them absorb mind-numbing garbage kids programming.

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Brookes 2 points ago +2 / -0

I remember sitting in the front with my dad singing Christmas carols. Probably one of my favorite memories. I think I was maybe 5.

No seatbelts just me and my daddy watching over me.

Remember the mom arm?! When mom had to slam on the brakes the mom arm instantly swung your way to keep you from being a projectile through the windshield!!

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TheThreeSeashells 3 points ago +3 / -0

Because this was before cell phones, I remember organizing phone trees with our friends to recruit players for baseball and basketball or whatever. I'd call two or three guys and a couple other friends would do the same. We'd simply show up at an agreed upon time. Somehow we managed to always get enough guys and everyone would show up on time. This and future generations are being robbed of the important life skill of organization by relying so heavily on cell phones.

Also, it was really nice to hang out at the baseball field with just a bunch of our friends, talk, play ball and not have any outside distractions. If you told kids nowadays to try that, be cut off from their devices for a few hours, they would probably go through withdrawals. I actually go several days sometimes without even looking at my phone. I can't imagine a 20 year-old even fathoming that concept.

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Tharin 2 points ago +2 / -0

I remember that, I also forgot about these things.

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EddieAteTheEmu 2 points ago +2 / -0

I am with you!

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ObamasLooseButthole 2 points ago +2 / -0

I remember being with my friends and stealing beer. We would be spending our time mindlessly walking through the city and getting in fights which led to almost getting stabbed a few times. Getting robbed for the few dollars I had a lot of times and then getting in trouble with my parents for going to the bad spots where I shouldn't have been.

Ah, the wonders of growing up in Glasgow... I'm happy my future children will grow up in rural Kentucky.

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JoseffineBiden 2 points ago +2 / -0

I was lucky enough to have a childhood like that, and will do my best to make sure my kids have the same

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Brookes 1 point ago +1 / -0

Don’t forget drinking from the hose! The horror! Lol!

That’s how I grew up. What a wonderful time that was.

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Character_Zero 1 point ago +1 / -0

This thread makes me smile and also brings a tear to my eye. Born in 63

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entwickelnden 1 point ago +1 / -0

streetlights on.... or when my buddies dad whistled... he could do that 2 finger whistle and we'd hear it a block away. And oh ya, my best friend in the neighborhood was japanese but we didnt make fun of him for that... we made fun of him for being fat...im white but they didnt make fun of me for that... they made fun of me for being so skinny... and my hispanic buddy.... well we didnt make fun of him for that because he hit the genetic lottery, tall, super athletic, and ideal muscle insertions and bone structure, frankly could kick both our asses. Sure we had fist fights at times but we always resolved that shit before end of summer and we all had respect for each other...

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HiddenDekuScrub 1 point ago +1 / -0

My kid spends significant time in the backyard.

But it does sadden me that kids don't really ride around on their bikes anymore. If they do it, it's usually with their parents walking behind.

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igolfohio 1 point ago +1 / -0

I remember before video games were all online having LAN parties with 15 to 20 people in a single house. TVs everywhere and wires running all over the place. Everyone would bring snacks and we'd play Halo together. It was awesome.

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Dialectic 1 point ago +1 / -0

Omfg BOOMERS.

My kids live on a farm and do all of this and more, and they ALSO get to enjoy technology.

WEIRD

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Brookes 1 point ago +1 / -0

Not weird just a different way of life than what the majority of kids live now.

Yup we’re boomers and proud of our upbringing.

Go stamp your feet somewhere else. Damn millennial lol!

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SkullE 1 point ago +1 / -0

When I die and go to heaven, these are the times I will relive. If only we knew just how precious they were at the time.

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michelleobama22 1 point ago +1 / -0

you can do that now nigga!

what the fuck

if you want it go do it, raise your kids that way too

you prefer tech, admit it

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michelleobama22 -1 points ago +1 / -2

fucking YUCK to this comment section

the cringe

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FreddyThePatriot -12 points ago +2 / -14

Dumb boomer post fishing for upvotes for silly reasons

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Moonman_Alpha 3 points ago +3 / -0

Stfu zoomer bitch

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Brookes 1 point ago +1 / -0

This isn’t Reddit you know that right? Did you get lost?