Things That Kids Today Just Can’t Understand

Kids today don’t realise how different things were when we were growing up. We like to think that we had it great, and in many ways we did, but there were also struggles along the way. Without access to the internet or mobile phones, we had to make do with other things to help us pass the time. Let’s take a look back at some of the things kids today would find it hard to understand.


No spoilers!

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With no access to the internet, spoilers were very hard to find unless you physically discussed the film or TV show with someone! There was certainly no chance of clicking the wrong thing on Google and accidentally finding out who shot JR before you had seen the latest episode of Dallas!

Owning a Filofax

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Now any numbers, email addresses, postal addresses and appointments can all be kept in one place – your phone – but it used to be that if you had a busy lifestyle, you had to take a Filofax with you everywhere and remember to keep it up to date!

Trying to play an un-rewound video

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It was the ultimate frustration: you go to put on one of your favourite films, take the video out of the box and find that the last person to watch didn’t rewind it! Now you have three minutes of your life that you can never get back waiting for it to rewind!

Dressing appropriately for interviews

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We don’t know when it changed, but the current generation of 18–22-year-olds don’t seem to have been informed that you should dress smartly for an interview. It doesn’t need to be a full suit, but it certainly shouldn’t be ripped jeans and a hoodie!! When did this change?

Having to wait to see your photos

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You couldn’t just shoot a picture and check it there and then, oh no! First, you had to finish the film, which if you’re not out and about much could take a while. Then you had to send it off, and wait a week for it to be developed, crossing your fingers you got that perfect photo of Nan at the wedding!

Being disappointed when you finally see them

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You’ve used your film, you’ve sent it to be developed, the pictures come back… and they are over-exposed or just not the quality you thought they would be! Precious memory ruined.

Only having one TV

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That’s right: unless you were really well off then there would only be one TV in the household! None of this two downstairs and one in each bedroom nonsense – if you wanted to watch something then you had to book it in!

Getting your news from a newspaper

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This one seems so obvious, but with the internet and 24-hour news channels we can access up-to-date news at the touch of a button; we don’t have to wait until the next day when the papers arrive to find out what’s going on!

Satire

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Programmes like the classic Spitting Image just don’t really get made today. Back in the day, anyone was fair game for a satirical look, whether they were actors, politicians or royalty, and they all had to just deal with it!

£1 notes

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Phased out in the mid-to-late 80s, £1 notes were in common use until around 1984, then they stopped getting printed in favour of £1 coins. Somehow having a £1 note always seemed like more money for some reason!

DOS prompts

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Just got the latest game for your sparkly new 486 PC? Best get the disks in and load up your DOS prompt. ‘C:\DOS’, ‘Run’, ‘DIR’, all commands that we knew and understood – but what would a child of today make of them?

Having your hard work wiped by magnets

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You’ve just finished your work and saved it to floppy disk. You’ve put the disk down for a minute and didn’t notice that screwdriver near it that happens to be slightly magnetic… Back to the drawing board as you’ve just had all your work wiped from the disk!