9 Things Gen-Z And Millennials Don’t Know About The 70s and 80s

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In the age of smartphones and streaming services, it’s easy for younger generations to have misconceptions about life in decades past. In a social media thread, Boomers recently shared their insights into what young people get completely wrong about the good ol’ days. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and debunk some common myths.

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#1 – Having Limited Entertainment Was Awesome

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“And actually reading the TV Guide to know what new shows were coming out and when they were coming on.”

Many users agree that before the era of video rental stores, people gathered at school or work the next day to discuss what they watched on TV the night before. Back then, it was an enjoyable, shared experience as nearly every family tuned in together. In a world of limited viewing options, conversations revolved around the same shows.

#2 – Smoke and the Grocery Store

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“When I was older and worked in a grocery store in the 80’s, I would have to sweep up cigarettes that were stubbed out on the floor in the aisles.”

Some users talked about how health regulations in the 1980s were quite different. It wasn’t uncommon to see people smoking throughout public spaces, even in grocery stores. Ladies with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths were a common sight, making grocery shopping a smoky adventure.

#3 – Entertainment on a Budget

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“Essentials, while quality, weren’t cheap, and not many jobs paid well. You could afford an apartment, but you wouldn’t be doing much else at all but conversing with friends in-person.”

Entertainment budgets were tighter back in the day. People passed the time with simpler activities, like gathering to listen to the radio with friends. Streaming services and frequent device upgrades weren’t on the menu and finances were often allocated to necessities, not luxuries.

#4 – News Was Still Available

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“I literally had this happen at work yesterday where my younger co-workers were saying in effect ‘Israel, who knew all this was going on?’ and ‘People wouldn’t have known without social media!’ Believe me, we knew.”

Contrary to popular belief, many users want young people to understand that they didn’t live in silent bubbles just because they lacked smartphones and common computers. Social interactions thrived without digital devices.

#5 – The Landline Phone Experience

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“Honestly it’s shocking how poor the mic quality is on even high end modern smartphones. We had so much better on landline phones as a rule.”

Landline telephones were known for their remarkable audio quality, far surpassing what modern remote conversations offer. Users recall late-night phone calls, hearing every breath and sigh, feeling incredibly close to their conversation partners without the lag and interference that plagues telephony today.

#6 – Durable vs. Disposable

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“Working in computer repair, computer and phone companies realized they’d make more money if they made it as difficult as possible to fix. But people started realizing that, so we’re fighting the “right to repair” fight.”

While some label the ’80s as the epitome of consumerism, others argue that the products were exceptionally well-made and fixable. Repair shops dotted towns, and tossing a broken item for a new one wasn’t the norm. The throwaway culture that prevails today was yet to come.

#7 – It Wasn’t All Neon

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The early ’80s retained the earthy fashion hues of brown, orange, and yellow from the late ’70s before pastel shades took over. So, for those who think the ’80s were all about neon, think again!

#8 – Navigating the Old-Fashioned Way

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Before the age of GPS and smartphones, reading paper maps and scanning for landmarks were the keys to successful travel. Younger generations might struggle to find their way without a digital guide.

#9 – The (Un)Reliability of Cars

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Some users pointed out that cars in the past, while durable, weren’t necessarily reliable. They might have been built like tanks, but they often required frequent trips to the mechanic for repairs.

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Men Spill 10 Secrets They Discovered About Women

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In a recent social media thread, guys spilled the beans on their unexpected findings about women, showcasing a blend of surprise, amusement, and genuine curiosity.

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12 Beloved Products and Companies on the Brink of Fading Away

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In the ever-changing world of business, some products and companies have seen better days, and social media users have their own thoughts on what’s heading toward its final bow. While the future is uncertain, many users have voiced their concerns about the sustainability of these familiar names and products.

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12 Things That Make Us Wonder “Do People Actually Do This?”

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Sometimes, we encounter things that leave us utterly baffled, prompting us to wonder, “Do people actually do this?” From peculiar habits to outrageous behavior, the experiences shared by these users will make you question the logic behind some actions.

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Anuradha Perera