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30 Things Kids Born In The 2000s Would Never Understand

30 Things Kids Born In The 2000s Would Never Understand

I have two children that are born in the 2000s and they truly are living in a different era. Technology is readily available everywhere you turn. I am currently wrestling with giving my son a cellular phone. My daughter plays games on a tablet and can use my smart phone better than I can sometimes. When I take the kids to an arcade, they gravitate towards the new games (new to me) like Temple Run and Fruit Ninja instead of skee ball. This post is partly for those born before 2000 to remember what it was like growing up, but also to remind kids born in the 2000s what life was like “before being attached to a portable electronic device” was the norm. I am also about to turn 40 so this will most likely resonate with the 70s born generation.

Here are 30 things kids born in the 2000s would never understand.

1. When you said: Mom and Dad, we are going “outside”

Gone are the days where you just knew to be back home by ‘dark’ and you could roam the neighborhood with your friends on your bikes or make a trip to the local convenience store to get some candy from your allowance money. We roamed the neighborhood, we spend almost every day outside, at the park or at different friends houses. We were trusted with our semi-independence and we came back home when we were told to and grew up safely. In the world today, CPS is called if you allow your children to walk home from the park alone and many days are spent staying close to home with numerous check-ins with parents.

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    2. When you avoided the paddle at all costs

    In elementary school, you really did not want to have to go to the “office” or have an encounter with the paddle back in my days. There are only a few schools left that allow disciplinary action outside of time outs or making a phone call to the parents. For those that grew up when I did, you feared the possibility of making an office trip and getting paddled. But kids to day don’t have to worry about this anymore.

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      3. When you had to dial a rotary phone

      You know the one you had to dial with your finger. Of course when I was growing up there were plenty of other types of house phones available by then, but my parents liked to keep things until they no longer worked so we had one growing up.

      4. When you said: Yo, did you page me?

      Before cell phones,there were pagers. It was the only way you knew you were needed when you were away from your house – imagine that kids, a world without a cell phone. The longer you used it, the better you got at writing hello and other words with numbers. You can do a lot more with cell phones today.

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        5. When you watched Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2 and wished you could break dance

        If you were a girl you wanted to be Kelly, and if you were a boy you wished you could dance like Turbo or Ozone. Yes these movies that came out in the 80s still provide us with awesome break dance moves to this day. I seriously can’t be the only one that got out some cardboard and tried to do a back spin.

        6. When you saw the first cell phone

        Ahh..the brick phone. The only reason I got to use one of these is because my mom’s work gave one to her. I got to use it one time in high school when I was taking a trip and she wanted me to use it ‘in case of an emergency’. SBTB is not on the list..so here is Zack with a brick phone to reminisce over. Just compare these things to what kids use today!

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          7. When you really believed these graphics were the best

          Most kids I knew had ATARI. Apparently Intellivision was cheaper so that’s what we had. Regardless, the best graphics back then were pretty crappy but we played the heck out of it anyway. Today no child would bother with a game so simple.

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            8. When almost every girl had a perm

            Remember when every girl with straight hair wanted it to be curly and every girl with wavy hair wanted it to be even curlier, so we all got spiral perms? Ewwww the smell. I do not miss the days of my mom putting that nasty stuff in my hair. I posted this pic for a #TBT the other day and I feel it’s the perfect representation of spiral perms in the 80s. That’s me on the left.

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              9. When we all had those BANGS

              It was the teenage years and for whatever reason, big hair was in but most importantly BIG BANGS. I have no idea where the fad began or why, but we all did it. Even though the boys had nothing to do with this fad, they sure remember it too. Who else used a curling iron on their bangs just to rat them out with a comb and spray them until they felt like plastic? Aqua Net…I kind of miss you.

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                photo via www.liketotally80s.com

                10. When you couldn’t wait to wear your new pair of JAMS on field day

                JAMS were the coolest, I’m surprised they actually haven’t made a comeback. Every year on field/play day in elementary school you could look across the wide open grass and most boys and girls alike were sporting their JAMS.

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                  11. When you first thought who is this Max Headroom?

                  I suppose the first and only “talking head” was this satirical character portrayed by Matt Frewer which took Britain, MTV and even our commercials by storm when he was the spokesman for New Coke (see #14).

                  13. Before energy drinks, there was Jolt Cola

                  This was the pre-monster drink we couldn’t get enough of. Kids everywhere were having Jolt Cola parties and getting the beginning signs of ADD with this highly caffeinated soda. Do they even make it anymore?

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                    14. When the only cool thing about ‘New’ Coke was Max Headroom being in the commercial

                    This was probably the most ill-conceived idea by Coca-Cola. I mean…why not just drink Pepsi? Ca-ca-ca-ca-catch the wave!!!

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                      15. When you knew exactly where you were when Challenger exploded

                      This was one of those events you will never forget, just like where you were on 9/11 and any other really tragic events in history. I was at school watching it live on TV and it was just heartbreaking.

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                        16. When the best thing to give or receive was a mix tape

                        Besides passing love notes in class you made a mix tape for your boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend or someone you loved. Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect modern day representation of that and has an awesome nostalgic soundtrack to boot.

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                          17. When you first saw Michael Jackson moonwalking

                          Personal opinions aside about MJ as a person, you can’t deny you weren’t mesmerized when he was on TV doing the moonwalk for the first time.

                          18. You remember when MTV just played videos

                          Yes kids, it’s true. There were no shows whatsoever on MTV. They had awesome VJ’s and tons of music videos for your eyeballs. Ahhh…the good old days.

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                            19. When you had scrunchies in every color

                            We all had them, we all used them and we had more colors than we could count and they are apparently making a comeback. I would be fine with leaving these in the 80s.

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                              photo via www.spoonfullofflair.com

                              20. When you knew all the words to Ice Ice Baby

                              Say what you want about Rob Van Winkle but he was able to infiltrate your earholes without the power of social media, soundcloud or any other music sharing site. This song went viral before viral was a thing. I am pretty sure I’m not the only one that memorized all the words to Ice Ice Baby growing up.

                              21. When you got the perfect tight roll on your jeans

                              Ahh acid washed jeans tight rolled of course. This was the epitome of fashion back in the day.

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                                photo via dailyurbanista.com

                                22. When you first saw the video for We Are The World

                                This was another song we remembered growing up and we were in awe that so many artists got together in 1985. We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day so let’s start giving.

                                23. When you got your first cabbage patch kid

                                Whether you liked it or not, Cabbage Patch Kids was a part of your youth. Mine was named “Felicia” ironically and she had a birth certificate and everything.She went everywhere with me for a while and I even took silly pictures of her like she really was my child.

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                                  24. When you couldn’t decide what color of jelly shoes to wear

                                  I believe they might still make these but pretty much every girl on the planet growing up owned at least one pair, if not a multitude in every color they made them in.

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                                    25. When you couldn’t wait to take your boombox somewhere

                                    Breakdancing and boomboxes could not live without each other. It was a time of emerging hip hop and the ability to take your music with you. These things are still around and somewhat making a comeback, but a constant staple of growing up was having your boombox accompany you to various places during your childhood.

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                                      26. When you first did The Bartman

                                      Kids born in the 2000s might first think – what’s the big deal – The Simpsons are still around. Yes they are but kids everywhere had a Bart Simpson T-shirt and they were doing “The Bartman”.

                                      27. When you had to use a road atlas to get somewhere

                                      Before google maps and GPS and everything we use now to get somewhere, you kept your local road atlas in the car with it’s frayed edges and that’s how you knew where to go.

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                                        28. When you couldn’t wait to watch Fraggle Rock

                                        Jim Henson has always been a genius, but there was something about the intro and those characters you couldn’t get enough of. Aside from cool puppets they also had the best names.

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                                          29. When you wanted to be riding Falkor

                                          AAAAAAAAAAATREYYYYUUUUUUUUUUUU. Yes the graphics on this movie are not the greatest but many nights were spent watching this mystical movie following Atreyu, Bastian, and Falkor. I tried to get my kids to watch this movie but they just aren’t having it.

                                           30. When you tried to see if you could get the largest collection of garbage pail kids

                                          It’s possible the creator of these absolutely loathed Cabbage Patch Kids and that is perfectly understandable. We all circulated these disgusting cards for a bit until the fad ran it’s course.

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                                            Published on November 14, 2018

                                            Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                            Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                            With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                            For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                            In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                            Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                            Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                            It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                            For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                            Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                            Symptoms of Fatigue

                                            Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                            • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                            • mental blocks
                                            • lack of motivation
                                            • headache
                                            • dizziness
                                            • muscle weakness
                                            • slowed reflexes and responses
                                            • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                            • moodiness, such as irritability
                                            • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                            • reduced immune system function
                                            • blurry vision
                                            • short-term memory problems
                                            • poor concentration
                                            • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                            Causes of Fatigue

                                            The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                            • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                            • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                            • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                            • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                            Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                            Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                            If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                            Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                            Anemia

                                            Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                            Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                            There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                            Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                            Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                            This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                            Diabetes

                                            Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                            Sleep Apnea

                                            Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                            Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                            Thyroid disease

                                            An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                            Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                            • Lack of sleep
                                            • Too much sleep 
                                            • Alcohol and drugs 
                                            • Sleep disturbances 
                                            • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                            • Poor diet 

                                            Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                            • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                            • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                            • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                            • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                            Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                            Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                            • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                            • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                            • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                            How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                            Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                            1. Tell The Truth

                                            Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                            To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                            Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                            The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                            One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                            • How you feel
                                            • What time of day it is
                                            • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                            • How your mind and body reacts

                                            This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                            2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                            When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                            If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                            When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                            Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                            3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                            If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                            Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                            If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                            Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                            Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                            4. Express More Gratitude

                                            Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                            It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                            Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                            5. Focus On Yourself

                                            Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                            There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                            But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                            We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                            6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                            Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                            Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                            The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                            Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                            7. Take a Power Nap

                                            When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                            Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                            This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                            8. Take More Exercise

                                            The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                            Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                            The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                            You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                            9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                            To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                            Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                            My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                            10. Improve Your Diet

                                            Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                            Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                            On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                            To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                            Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                            Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                            11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                            Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                            When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                            Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                            My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                            12. Get Hydrated

                                            Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                            Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                            If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                            The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                            If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                            Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                            Reference

                                            [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                            [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                            [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                            [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                            [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                            [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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