21 Things Millennials Loved About Their Childhood That Kids Today Would Hate

Generational differences are a real thing. A recent online survey asked men, “Anyone born before 1995, what is something you loved about your childhood that kids today would probably hate?” Here are the best 21 responses.

Having to be back before dark

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“I grew up in a rural area, and grandparents told us to be back before it got dark and the street lights came on, or the wolves would eat us. There was a wolf sanctuary near us (I didn’t know at the time), and you could hear them howling sometimes, so we really believed them.”

“I know a husband and wife who like to camp a lot, and their children know they’ve got to come back to camp before it gets dark because that’s when the dangerous mountain chickens come out. Those things’ll tear you to pieces!”

Saturday morning cartoons

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“The part that kids today would hate is exactly what made them special: the inability to access block programming just for children at any other time.”

“I remember watching Pokemon in the morning! It still makes me fuzzy and happy thinking about that time.”

Having to watch non-on-demand tv at a specific time

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“This was exciting because you had to be ready to watch, so it was like an event, and the following day at school, everyone would be talking because that was the only time you could watch whatever program it was. You don’t really get this with streaming in quite the same way because everyone watches on their own schedules.”

“And screaming ‘IT’S ON!’ to your sibling who went to the kitchen to get snacks during a commercial.”

Renting videos from Blockbuster

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“There’s no way you can explain that simple joy of seeing your parents come home with a couple of videos and hoping they got the ones you want.”

“Every Friday, I’d go to blockbusters to get a bunch of movies with my dad, every Friday until their doors closed for good. Great memories.”

Not having a cell phone

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“My parents had no idea where I was.”

“Ahhh, the freedom to roam and not be tracked was something else.”

Tracking down your friends without cell phones

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“You would basically ride your bike around to each of their houses until you saw the house with a pile of bikes out front. Then you knew where they were. If not, you’d have to go check your usual hangout spots. It was its own whole adventure.”

“My son and I were just talking about this. I used to just hop on my bike and ride until I found friends.”

Recording a song on the radio on tape

The Joy Of Recording A Song On The Radio, On Tape, At The Right Moment
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“The joy of successfully recording a song from the radio on a tape. You’d have to get it at the right moment when the DJ didn’t talk before or after the song…”

“YES! And you’d wait all afternoon to get the song you wanted.”

Clunky video games

How Simplistic And Clunky Videos Games Were
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“I saw the game duck hunt the other day and was amazed how I could play that simple game for hours back in the day. Kids today probably would get bored by the games easily.”

“I think this was a plus, as the games today are so addicting and engaging compared to back then. It’s easy now to get sucked in for hours a day and days at a time.”

The lack of social media

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“The lack of social media. I didn’t realize it at the time, but growing up without ‘peer surveillance’ was a really REALLY good thing.”

“I keep thinking about all the dumb stuff I did as a kid, and I’m more than thankful social media wasn’t what it is today.”

Waiting for things

The Art Of Waiting
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“Oddly enough, the waiting. Everything was so much more exciting because we had to wait.”

“This is an odd phenomenon. We’re increasingly having to spend less and less time waiting, but at the same time, that makes us less good at waiting.”

Buying CDs

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“Waiting in eager anticipation for the next CD release, hearing only the lead single you heard on the radio, and going to the record store to buy it.”

“To add to this, even just listening to whole albums. A lot of people don’t do this anymore.”

Going to arcades

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“Arcades were fun! Especially when your parents just drop you off all day like we couldn’t have been kidnapped back in the day.”

“I mostly went to a nickel arcade. My mom would give us each $5. 100 nickels go a long way. I didn’t have a game console at home. It was a blast.”

Navigating the old-fashioned way

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“Being the navigator in the front seat for a multi-state road trip using an atlas and street signs.”

“Half the fun was realizing you missed your exit, having to figure out where you ended up, and getting back on track. Do you double back? Do you take a detour through that town? Let’s try it and see what happens.”

Playing outside all-day

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“If you told kids these days you were going to take away their phone, internet, and video games and make them be outside literally the entire day, I think they’d all hate it.”

“This is also something I liked about Stranger Things. They captured that ‘80s free range children’ feeling pretty well in the first season.”

Getting your photos processed

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“Picking up the packet of photos you’d just had processed and getting the good ones reprinted for your friends or family.”

“I still have albums full of my favorites! And boxes of the non-favorites.”

Writing handwritten letters

Writing Handwritten Letters – No SMS!
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“Writing handwritten letters or notes to each other. Nowadays, it’s through text messaging or DMs.”

“I still have the notes my friends passed to me at school in class. We used to post letters to each other, too even though we saw each other every day!”

AOL chat rooms

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“I still keep in contact with people I used to talk to in those chatrooms.”

“AOL chat rooms were also like a pre-dating app too. I remember messaging girls that would post in the chat, and then talk to them for a couple of days, then make plans to meet up in person.”

The old-school Razor scooter

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“An ankle swing was essentially a career-ending injury.”

“I’m 32 and still salty that someone stole mine when I was a kid.”

Fishing and making forts

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“Catching fish in the creek in the forest by my house with no cell phone and building forts in the forest and knowing to have to be home before dark but also knowing that mom and dad don’t know where you are and aren’t stressed about what you are doing all day.”

“Catching crabs in the creek by my house, then coming home to boil them.”

Pizza on Friday night watching TGIF

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“Oh wow, I totally forgot about TGIF… good times.”

“That Family Matters, Step-by-Step, then Sabrina the Teenage Witch lineup was fire.”

Myths and legends

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“Being able to find Mew under the truck off-screen in Pokemon Red was actually a mystery worth discussing when you didn’t have the internet to instantly debunk it.”

“Right? Oh man, all those old school rumors that no one could straight up prove if they were true, but your cousin’s friend’s sister’s boyfriend swore up and down that you could play Luigi in Mario 64, or the schoolyard rumors about how you could save Aerith, etc.”

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