I was born in 1986. I was born before cell phones and AOL and DVD players — but all of those things came to be in my early adolescence. So I had an entire childhood of pre-technology (or, I should say, primitive technology), and then the world changed as I was coming of age.
It’s no question that our society had a major shift in the early 2000s — everything from the way we communicate to the way we do business. Our leisure time has been completely infiltrated by technology — the way we get information, the way we interact in a social setting (with phones in our faces), the way we spend our downtime. And even the way we make money! My job — as a new media freelance writer and blogger — didn’t exist a decade ago.
In the context of human history, we’re riding a monstrous wave of innovation and change.
And maybe this is most apparent when looking through the eyes of a brand-new human, who only knows this as normal.
Of course each generation has their differences — their “Well, when I was a kid!” declarations — but the Now vs. Then childhood experiences are a bit startling.
When comparing my own childhood to my son’s, here are 20 reasons his childhood is different…