Recently, my four-year-old became quite confused and irate with me when I refused to fast forward through the commercials of his favorite show. I tried to explain to him that not all television shows are recorded and that, unfortunately, in this instance he would be forced to suffer through a commercial break or two.
That’s when I realized the concept of live television was completely lost on my son. He is a child who has only known a world with DVR and instant streaming. I resisted the urge to tell him about the television of my youth: the dial you got up to turn, only a handful of channels to choose from, and a size that took up a good portion of our living room instead of hanging nicely on the wall.
This got me thinking about the differences in our childhoods, the advances in technology, and the things I learned that have since been rendered obsolete. I’ve put together a list of the top 15 things we experienced as children that our children will not.
What would you add to the list? Tell me in the comments!
The nostalgia doesn’t stop here — check out these 10 tech relics we’ll have to explain to our kids!
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