Maybe it’s because I’m getting older but I’m finding myself thinking about the struggles our kids will never know. As a 90’s child (I was born in the late 80’s) I was blessed to live through the era where Spice Girls ruled the world and we experienced life without mobile phones. I thought I’d take a look at some of the things our kids will never experience:
- Never knowing the fear that your friend’s mum or dad might answer the house phone. Remember a world without mobile phones when the only way of speaking to your friends was to ring their house phone? The worry that you were going to have to make small talk with their parents was too much!
- Having to go to Blockbuster to get your Saturday night film. It was actually quite a fun experience but if they’d ran out of videos of the film you wanted you were screwed. And don’t even get me started on finding out that the person before you hadn’t rewound the VHS.
- Fan Clubs. In a world of no social media if you really really really liked a band/pop star/TV show etc. you’d have to pay an expensive membership fee to show how dedicated you were and every so often you’d receive a postcard or something. Er ok?!
- Waiting for ages for your favourite song to come on the radio. And if you really liked it maybe even calling the radio station to request it. No YouTube, no Spotify, no Amazon Music, can you even imagine?!
- And on that remember when you’d go away on holiday and you were basically cut off from the world? Hearing the radio for the first time in two weeks was the weirdest experience because you were hearing all these new songs for the first time.
- Watching a film and not being able to Google any of the actors to find out where you recognise them from. I remember the first time one of my friends showed me how she looked up Macaulay Culkin on Wikipedia. Mind blown.
- Arranging a time to meet your friends and just trusting that they’d be there. The level of trust in friendships was so much higher back in the day purely for that reason. No mobiles, no WhatsApp, you’d just have to believe that they’d be there.
- TV was gold. You had to watch in real time and if you missed something, tough luck!
- And we only had four channels. I remember watching the Channel 5 launch and thinking how lucky we were to have a fifth channel and how life was going to change. It didn’t.
- There was no way to binge watch a TV show. You actually had to wait until next week to find out what happened. How did we even get through the week?!
- Dial-up internet was the most painful experience ever. From checking that nobody was using the phone to that sound, our kids will never understand just how long we had to wait to get online.
- The day when the BT bill arrived. Itemised. Ooooh dear, I used to get in sooooo much trouble for the amount of time I spent on that house phone.
- We didn’t have Nando’s. Yup bad times.
It wasn’t all bad though; you could go the shop with 20p in your pocket and come back with a bag of sweets and a Freddo. And we had MSN, Pogs and Tammy Girl so we were really the ones living our best lives.
Have I missed anything? Feel free to share in the comments.
The Aspiring Yummy Mummy. x