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The ’70s and ’80s: A Time Capsule for Kids Today

In the age of technology, it can be easy for kids to take for granted their many conveniences. But for parents who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, many things would blow their kids’ minds.

Here are just a few examples:

  • No cell phones. Kids today can’t imagine a world without cell phones. They use them to stay in touch with friends, play games, and do homework. But for parents who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, cell phones were a luxury only adults had. If you wanted to talk to your friend, you had to go to their house or call them on the landline.
  • No internet. The internet has revolutionized the way we live and work. But for parents who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, the internet was something that only existed in science fiction movies. If you wanted to find information, you had to go to the library or ask a librarian.
  • No cable TV. Cable TV has become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. But for parents who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, there was only one option for TV: broadcast TV. This meant there were only a handful of channels to choose from, and most of the programming was geared towards adults.
  • No video games. Video games are now a multi-billion dollar industry, but they didn’t exist when parents were growing up. You had to go to the arcade if you wanted to play a video game. And even then, the games were very simple compared to the games that kids play today.

These are just a few examples of the things that would blow kids’ minds today if they were transported back to the ’70s or ’80s. But it’s not just the technology that would be different. The culture was also very different.

For example, parents who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s remember kids being allowed to roam free. They could ride their bikes to the park or the store without their parents worrying about them. But today, parents are much more protective of their kids. They worry about stranger danger and traffic accidents and often keep their kids nearby.

Another difference is the way that kids spend their free time. In the ’70s and ’80s, kids played outside more. They played tag, hide-and-seek, and basketball. But today, kids are likelier to spend their free time playing video games or watching TV.

Of course, there are also some things that haven’t changed much since the ’70s and ’80s. Kids still love to play, they still love to learn, and they still love to spend time with their families. But the world has changed a lot in the past few decades, and it can be fun for kids to learn about how things used to be.

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