17 Things Gen X Loved About Their Childhood but Gen Z Will Never Understand

With the rapid advancement of technology and the ever-evolving nature of society, numerous aspects of childhood have undergone significant change. Somebody recently asked, “What is one thing you did in your childhood that kids today would not understand?” Here are the top 17 answers.

Running to the Bathroom Between Commercial Breaks and Hearing Your Friend Shout From the Living Room, “It’s Back On!”

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“My friend used to change channels during the adverts. Then inevitably miss the start of the next section, and wonder why I got wound up.”

“And then having to do parkour moves over the back of the couch.”

Making a Crossbow With Wood and Elastic Bands and Then Trying to Hit a Friend in the Eye to Establish Dominance

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Childhood catapults may seem like harmless toys, but they can actually be dangerous if not used properly.

Listening to the Radio All Day to Try and Record Your Favorite Song on Cassette

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“And the DJs always had to spoil the end by talking.”

Summer, We Left Home at Maybe 7 AM And Returned When the Street Lights Came On

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“Yes, this! And…knocking on doors to ask ‘Are you playing out’ to all the kids in your road.”

Walking Around With a Portable CD Player Listening to the Same 20 Songs All Summer Holidays

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“Haha, I forgot about that. I just remembered trying to keep it upright while walking so it didn’t skip.”

“And the sound of the CD skipping because you jostled the player.”

Read Movie Novelizations Because That Was the Only Way to Experience the Movie Again Until It Came on TV in a Few Years’ Time

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“I may have read the Star Wars (not yet “A New Hope”) novelization before I saw the movie as it took me a few weeks to convince my parents to let me see a PG movie.”

Talked on the Phone Only Within a Three-Foot Radius of the Spot in the Wall Where It Needed to Be Plugged In. Because That’s All the Further the Cord Would Stretch

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“Or being stuck in a 3-foot radius because the 10-foot chord has become so tangled that it only goes that far.”

“And my mother is listening on the extension!”

Collected Big Branches and Old Wood to Then Go Back Into the Woods and Attempt to Make a Fort

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“Told my kid we should go out and build one, and she went, “But I have a room? Why would I want to sit on the ground with bugs?” Bro, I didn’t even have an answer.”

I Peddled My Bike for 2 Miles to Get To My Friends House on Saturday at Noon and Peddled It 2 Miles Back Home at 10 PM at Night. When I Was 10

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“We literally walked or rode bikes everywhere. I never worried about it for one minute. Granted, I was often with a group, but on a daily basis, I walked to and from the local rec center alone.”

“Do you allow your kids to do the same? It’s ironic that the generation that had this freedom has taken it away from their children.”

Getting a Movie From Blockbuster

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“Wandering around Blockbuster for 30 minutes and not finding anything interesting. Though now that’s the same as browsing Netflix for 30 minutes and not finding anything interesting.”

Getting a Movie From Blockbuster

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“Choosing said movie based on the box art…”

Buying Magazines in Stores to Find Out All the Hot Gossip and Decor for My Room

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“Getting yelled at by the 7-11 clerk for looking at the magazines too long.”

“And magazines were only 20% adverts, not 80%.”

Called Information for the Time

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“It was 8446611 here. Ah, memories. “The time is 1:37. Downtown temperature: 98.”

Having to Call Your Friends at Home but First Making Polite Small Talk With Their Parents When They Pickup the Phone

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The first patent for an electric telephone was granted to Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, and the first-ever landline phone call was made by Bell to his assistant, Thomas Watson, on March 10 of the same year.

Remembering People’s Phone Numbers

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Landline phone numbers were traditionally assigned based on geographic location. The first three digits of a landline phone number, known as the area code, corresponded to a specific region, while the next three digits, known as the exchange code, identified a particular central office within that region. The final four digits were the subscriber number assigned to an individual phone line.

Just About Every Boy Carried a Pocket Knife, and Sometimes a Teacher Would Ask to Borrow One

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“Back then, they weren’t considered weapons. They were tools.”

“My elementary school had an annual field trip to a historical fort. Every year we had to get permission slips in order to buy knives at the booths there. Buying weapons at a school field trip.”

Watch Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Saturday morning cartoons in the early 80s were often used as a platform for toy companies to promote their products. Many popular cartoons, such as “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” and “Transformers,” were created with the intention of selling action figures and other merchandise to children.

Spend the Whole Day Without Any Electronic Devices

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“I sat down and thought about that a while ago: when was the last time I went a full day without looking at a screen? When I was a kid (early 90s), there were days when I just didn’t watch tv or go on the computer, especially in the summer.”

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