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15 Things Millennials Did As Kids That Gen Z Will Never Do

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Coming of age in a world of rapid transformation, millennials bear the unique imprint of a familiar and obsolete time. Our past is dotted with relics of a bygone era, vestiges of a world that Gen Z may find puzzling or antiquated. Yet, these remnants serve as potent reminders of our collective journey, shaping our identity as a generation.  A user Asked on the forum, “Millennials, what is something you grew up with that Gen Z will never be able to enjoy or do?.”

Here are some responses he got!

GROWING UP BEFORE SOCIAL MEDIA

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“Do something stupid as a kid and not worry about it being immortalized on the internet.”

“Some of my moronic moments will luckily just remain bad memories.”

TIME OF INNOCENCE AND POOR DECISIONS

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“I grew up in the ’70s, and I’m happy NOT to have video of my poor decisions.”

“I’d love some video of my poor decisions. For example, I had a spectacular motorcycle crash that I walked away from. Not unscathed, but I did walk away.”

IT WAS OK TO BE UNREACHABLE

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“This is what I came to say. In the summer, I would leave the house at 10 am and just had to be home for dinner. My parents didn’t know where or what I was doing.”

PRE 9/11 AIRPORT SECURITY

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“Pre 9/11 airport security. An airline pilot’s letting us kids into the cockpit and giving us sweets.”

“I still have a winged Delta pin that a pilot gave to me when I was a kid. Not sure if they still do that or not. It made me pursue an aviation degree in college.”

RUSH OF INTERNET CHAT

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“The rush of internet chat (AIM, ICQ, Yahoo Chat) and the nascent newness of the internet as a whole (make a website at Geocities!, Shop online! Napster!).”

THE JOY OF FINDING THE NAME OF THAT SONG

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“The absolute joy of hearing a song stuck in your head for a week comes on the radio and finally finds out the artist/title.”

RENT A MOVIE FROM BLOCKBUSTER/HOLLYWOOD VIDEO

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“I love the convenience of streaming, don’t get me wrong, but there was something extraordinary about walking around the store and picking out the right movie, buying some snacks, and making an evening around watching a movie.”

THE 12-HOUR SONG DOWNLOAD

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“Wait 12 hours for the song to Download off LimeWire, only for the song to be Bill Clinton saying “My Fellow Americans…”

THE JOY OF WATCHING TV TOGETHER

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“Watching the same TV show at the same time as everyone else in the country, then talking about it the next day. Remember when Goku hit Super Saiyan the first time? Everyone at school went nuts.”

TRUE INDEPENDENCE AS A CHILD

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“I did not have a cell phone as a child. I rode my bike around town all the time. I would get home when I said I would, and my mother had no idea what I was doing. She couldn’t track my cell phone or text me for an update. I, of course, always came back home, but when I was out, I was free.”

FREEDOM OF PLAYING OUTSIDE

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“Playing outside unchecked for hours as a kid. “Be home for dinner” was about the only rule I had.”

KID-ORIENTED GAME SHOWS

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“Legends of the Hidden Temple, Double Dare, Nick Arcade, Global Guts, Figure It Out, etc. 90s Nickelodeon was something special.”

WATCHING MTV

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“The good one, not what it becomes later. And all the way, the music gathers subcultures… I miss that.”

THE MAGIC OF VHS

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“Grabbing your favorite VHS tape and watching it for the millionth time. Mine was the “Land Before Time” series (don’t judge me).”

STRATEGY GUIDES

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“Back in my day, if you got stuck in a video game, you had to buy a physical book called a strategy guide with walkthroughs and lists of items and enemies and such, and you had to flip through to find the part you were stuck on. And sometimes they would be wrong, and then you were just screwed. Now you can search a YouTube video of someone showing you how to get through that part on your phone for free.”

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