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What amazing things will younger generations never appreciate?

My son-in-law was playing with one of those small remote controlled helicopters and my grandson who is 2 was running around following it. I thought to myself how my grandson will never realize how remarkable it is to fly a helicopter inside of a house, he will have known it is possible as early as he can remember.

What other things are common place and younger generations won't appreciate how amazing they truly are?

3 years ago by OldTallGuy with 10 comments

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  • idlethreat (edited 3 years ago)
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    The younger generations will never appreciate the depth, breadth, variety, and availability of porn today.

    Back in the day, it was all J.C. Penny and Sears catalogs. Was over at a buddy's house and found a fredericks of hollywood in the bathroom and it was basically the best thing in the universe. I remember turning on and muting the TV so I could browse HBO and Cinemax channels that were blocked, but came through in wavy lines. Back in the day, you had to work for it.

    • PushPull
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      You ain't kidding about the 'work for it' part, but at least you had HBO and Cinemax. Dad had a Playboy subscription, but if I wanted hardcore, I was stuck thumbing through the same damn magazines over and over that my dad had stashed in a drawer.

  • MePLUR (edited 3 years ago)
    +4

    - The internet. Information was never this easily available. People around the world have never been this connected to one another.

    - Cellphones. Not having to find a (working) payphone to call someone you hope is available at the other end of the line. No call waiting, no answering machines, no text messages/instant messages.

    - A combination of the two: How quickly news travels. Something happens now, you hear it from various sources: Twitter, Facebook, news feeds, news aggregators, instant messages. Back in the day you would have to happen to be listening on the radio, wait to watch it on the evening news or read about it in the papers.

    edit: bullet points seem to be broken ... not sure why.

  • Spacerockboy
    +4

    For me I am noticing the younger generation is getting worse at asking questions in order to make sense of the unknown. "How do I fix...", "How can I get...", etc. Growing up without the internet, you needed to experiment, draw from your prior experience, or pop out to the library to do research. Today - I have those "old school" skills that I can use on Google/YouTube with great success. Need to fix the washing machine transmission? There are 200+ videos on how to do it - all you need to know now is what questions to ask and you can tap into the collective experience of the world. For younger people - if it is not instantly available or easy to digest as a factoid/tidbit, I see less interest in them digging in and learning on their own.

    Technology/social media is getting so good at serving up what people want - creating pure consumers. Young people need to grow and flex their "discovery muscles".

    ... Now get off my lawn

    • PushPull (edited 3 years ago)
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      "Growing up without the internet, you needed to experiment, draw from your prior experience, or pop out to the library to do research."

      Or flat out asking someone who did know.

  • TiffanyAching
    +3

    I'm only 29 so a bit young for this tribe but I still remember when touch screen technology was something I only saw on Star Trek. Damn its amazing.