A different era...

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A different era...

Those of us who were kids in the 50's, 60's, 70's or even
the early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived.

-Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

-We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

-We routinely hitchhiked.

-We would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

-Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

-We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

-We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with real sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

-We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

-We spent hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot to add the brakes. After running into the
bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

-We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day because there were no cell phones.

-We did not have Play Stations, Wii, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no cable TV, surround sound, personal computers, i-anything, or
internet for that matter, so no social media that assumed the world gave a shit what I was doing at any given moment.

-We had friends, even though we had to go outside and find them.

-We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.

-When our parents got coffee from the local diner, or McDonald's for that matter, they expected it to be hot and would feel stupid for drinking it in a moving car and spilling it on themselves. They would take it as a lesson learned and not drink hot beverages in the car.

-We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents which meant there was no one to blame but us. Remember accidents?

-We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

-We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes (almost...just that one time).

-We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

-Little League had tryouts that meant 'tryout' and not everyone made a team . Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment and kick their own ass to get better for next year.

-Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Tests were not adjusted, scaled, or curved for any reason. You either knew enough of the material or you didn't.

-Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the school or the law.

-The generations who grew up this way have produced some of the best
risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors.

-We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility -- and we learned how to deal with it.

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Re: A different era...

We had friends, even though we had to go outside and find them.

And most of these old time friendships still endure. Lol

I prefer 5 good friends from this time any day compared to 300 facebook "friends"... B:

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I born in 1994. And still, when I was younger I had nothing from that time technologies.

First that we already had was phones, than we got black and white colored TV that had some crappy and boring shows.

Around 5 years, my parents got our first PC, that was something, it was meant for my mom, for studies. It got 2d games.

About 10 years, I got my first mobile phone. Nokia 3310 by the way.( strong like brick ).

Only about 12 years, we got internet connection ( also, later, new PC, that i'm having right now ).

I grow up ( and still live ) in a city. ( little bit outside of it ).
I had no friends with who I could play outside. But I'm happy, that everything is just like that.

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1991. Same here Wink

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Despite being born in '84, much of what was in that list is how I remember my childhood.

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I bet I have more Facebook friends than all of you...mwahahaha Lol

But in all seriousness, attempting to glorify an era 50 years ago as some rough and tumble childhood doesn't hold much water, in many ways you could argue growing up today is in fact tougher... Dirol

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You've got a point there. Talking about medical issues alone, we have more cures now than we did 50 years ago but there are also more infections now. Societal changes have reintroduced diseases that had at one time been eradicated. Even driving has become more dangerous with the introduction of seatbelts and speed cameras resulting in more accidents and fatalities. The biggest drawback for children now is that everything has to be sterilised and disinfected, which means that, when they do get sick, their bodies cannot fight the illness as well as it should do (or did in children 50 years ago).

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Hi all!

!!!People are lazy!!!

So we make cars, because we don't wan t walk.
We make mobile, because we don't want writing letter.
We watch tv, because we are lazy to found our own joy and adventure!!!

So sooner or later we invent other technologies, which
makes life easier and more lazier!

But we shouldn't forget our true nature, that
we have two legs for walking,
two hand for touching, creating and holding important thing,
two eyes to see new things and experience,
we have mouth to talking with people face to face,
And we have spirit in our body, which we use for make our own judgment!

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Even through I was born in 96, I never had a computer untill the age of 14, and I spent my early childhood playing for real, we played it all, Star Wars, TMNT, Football, Yu-Gi-Oh, the city was surrounded by woods and it was pretty wild.

Then I moved to the big city, where everything got boring, all I had was a PC and some nerdy friends, which all they did all day was play games and watch anime.

Xanar's got point, people forget what they are in technologies.

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I was born in 95, first song I heard was - Will Smith Gettin jiggy with it - dancing with sun glasses and a weird hat... I was six years old.

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old times

I was 80's kid, and yet I remember each and every one of those old time moments. Loads of nostalgia kicking in 8O

We had so little in resources but what we really had a plenty was happiness, something nearly impossible to find today. I remember back in the day when I was in Kaluga I would go out with friends into nearby forests and come home late night. No cellphones to disturb, no worried parents as they had nothing to worry about, no stress, and lots of free time and fun.

I can't help it but feel sorry for today's kids, however, they shouldn't be blamed, but us, who allowed for that to happen.

Things do really change over time and people just adapt and move on, who knows, maybe todays kids will talk of their times as we talk of ours.

And about the best of risk-takers, problem solvers, etc. It's very true, and not just that. My past taught me the arts of being creative, of knowing my limits, loving, appreciating and so much more. It gave me so much with that so little.

I remember the day when the Nintendo 64 came out, only few of the luckiest could afford it at first. Years later I did get one but it wasn't the same anymore, it lost that magic value it once had. The same way can be said for modern gadgets and everything in general. And about NES, I got it among the first, a fun that can't be recreated, something so unique and deeply carved in my memories.

I have a workstation with several systems, my own flat, a really neat smartphone, home cinema setup with BluRay player and LOTR BluRay trilogy, I'm in city center, everything can be delivered right on my doorstep, etc etc etc, and yet, it all seems so boring somehow. No wonder people want more and more today and can't learn to appreciate when value of things is dropping down fast...

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..."and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets."

^ That's the note, it's radical in some really cool beginnings Smile (cross country-woods driving in my case). Sad to say it is gone somewhere in 2003's. It were allow fellas that born in '85 as me, employ singularity into the grass. On peaceful beginning of "Rally" meaning.

A shy Winds of defective Changes, got blow away the beauty, unrespectively to the nature, and unrespectively agressive till present times.

All the things that bounded with mind or physical discomfort are grounded under the cutback asphalt.

That is 80's guys-vault of shame, till damn 90's. But with extreme fidelity to brothers 70's, and mothers of 50's

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Re: old times

Things do really change over time and people just adapt and move on, who knows, maybe todays kids will talk of their times as we talk of ours.

And all we did all day was play videogames and eat pizza.. work and go to school to act like ********..

Sounds like exciting stories eh. :DD

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My cousin is 4 years old and he is using Ipad 4 much better than I do.

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