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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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                                            10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                            10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                            Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                            Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                            Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                            If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                            Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                            1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                            Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                            Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                            Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                            2. No Motivation

                                            Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                            This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                            If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                            3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                            Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                            A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                            A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                            The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                            4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                            One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                            We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                            Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                            5. Upward Comparisons

                                            Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                            The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                            These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                            Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                            6. No Alternative

                                            This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                            Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                            Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                            Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                            7. Stress

                                            As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                            When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                            We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

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                                            8. Sense of Failure

                                            People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                            Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                            Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                            If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                            9. The Need to Be All-New

                                            People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                            These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                            10. Force of Habit

                                            Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                            Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                            These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                            There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                            Reference

                                            [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                            [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                            [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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