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« on: January 11, 2022, 01:31:59 am »

"Old times where better" is a popular statement, however, the people who say it are just adults or teens being nostalgic over everything. So to be fair, what is something that you DON'T miss about childhood?
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2022, 01:56:38 am »

Oh no you'll start me on a rant! I think in many ways a lot of the things I miss are also things I dont miss. For example I miss old TVs but I also DO NOT miss old TVs :^P

That said a few stand outs are:
  • Crappy cheap tech - mobile phones are SO MUCH nicer now!
  • Not being able to watch what I want - depending on broadcast TV
  • Clique culture and the 00s obsession with being cool allllll the time
  • Long shipping times and limited selection of goods in shops
  • The entire existence of chans and early meme culture (which mainly involved stick figure animations for some reason)
  • Flash
  • Being embarrassed by EVERYTHING
  • The price of DVDs on launch (They used to be $60 new)
  • Everything that happend from 2005 to 2015  :-X

In terms of actually being a child/teen, I don't miss not having the knowledge or skill to express myself and understand who I am, that has been a long painful process to figure out! (I guess that goes for everyone though)

What do you not miss ice?

EDIT: OH also not being able to read/spell (like at all), growing up with really bad dyslexia is troublesome :-\
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2022, 02:17:47 am »

(this reply was stupid)
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2022, 01:23:01 pm »

One thing I don't miss about my childhood is school. It probably did me good, but I hated having to constantly go. The field trips were fun, though!
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2022, 08:09:40 am »

Fun topic Ice! Just as there are old things I miss, there are plenty of things I'm glad to no longer have to deal with as readily:

  • Security flaws and online/computer security in general. Perhaps this is more specific to old school viruses, those were VERY intimidating to deal with as a kid.
  • Not always being able to find the information I wanted to find (or perhaps just being too lazy to read some of the more dense material, at the time : P Although I think this issue may have evolved into a different form of not being able to find info due to search engine shenanigans...)
  • Some aspects early internet culture...while the wild-west nature of the web was very liberating, it could get pretty brutal or distasteful out there. The modern mainstream culture is also a little disheartening so maybe some things never change, but it felt significantly more intimidating to deal with, again, when I was younger.
  • Feeling like I had to change what I liked to fit in with the crowd...which I admittedly did NOT do because I liked my stuff too much, but it didn't change the fact it still made you feel like a weirdo!
  • On the topic of school, mandatory physical education...the idea is good, but my memories of those courses...awful.
  • Having programs that crashed on you CONSTANTLY, or computers that could not handle the work you wanted to make.
  • Programs that were just clunky to work with in general. Modern programs are scarily/impressively robust o_o
  • EDIT: Being REALLY bad at building websites LOL, I definitely could not wrap my head around CSS, and that was a very dark existence.

I'm sure this list is not exhaustive, but those are the main things that come up off the top of my head.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2022, 04:10:07 am »

Calling someone on their house phone, and having someone else pick up lol.. :-\ It's not too big a deal but I'm glad my calls and messages can go straight to me/my recipient and I don't have to share the line now.

Edit: Also, cringe culture! that sort of thinking is so annoying
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2022, 09:59:44 pm »

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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2022, 06:44:58 pm »

I'm probably the last generation to have cable. Many a show I liked got shafted due to low ratings, bad times, and the more obscure cartoon community at the time.

Not to mention, the internet is more convenient and has content made by independent creators. I would say kids today have it good but elsagate exists and popular sites have gotten more unfriendly to small creators.

What do you call that, a double edged sword?
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2022, 07:49:41 am »

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About my childhood, The main thing that I don't miss is that I would just binge watch YouTube, Netflix, DVDs, and not much else, even if that introduced me to some good stuff, I would just watch without even thinking of trying out the cool stuff I was shown. I really wished that I spent my childhood more wisely. Even now I would just spend hours on social media just binge watching until I realize that I have stuff that I want to do, even if I am trying to stay away.
As someone as who wasted her 20's and technically childhood I agree.
As a kid I watched way too much tv and did really nothing else. Sure I played some sports, basketball being my game and sport. Played with the neighbor hood kids when I lived at my grandparents house. We moved though and that ended. My childhood drifted away and I do not have very fond memories of it. I was loved but I don't look back and say wow I liked my childhood.
Also I was treated like an imbecile throughout school. Just an example as I was put in a group to learn how to count money in the fifth grade. Not fond memories of school.
In the last year I have learned to move on from past mistakes and let my past go.

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Having programs that crashed on you CONSTANTLY, or computers that could not handle the work you wanted to make.
Yes. That was annoying. It took forever to get on the internet.
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2022, 12:39:17 pm »

One thing I don't miss, my youth.

But there are a few things I don't miss:

  • Slow internet connections: 1MB download speed I'll never want to go back to again.
  • Serious security flaws in computers: Back then virus where pretty bad.
  • CRTs, I know a lot of people enjoy these and I can totally understand that. But the consent high pitch sound hurts my ears after a while.  I'm very much enjoying the 144hz Monitor I got a few years ago.
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2022, 02:36:08 pm »

  • Having programs that crashed on you CONSTANTLY, or computers that could not handle the work you wanted to make.
  • Programs that were just clunky to work with in general. Modern programs are scarily/impressively robust o_o

Nothing has really changed
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2022, 12:17:42 am »

CRTs, I know a lot of people enjoy these and I can totally understand that. But the consent high pitch sound hurts my ears after a while.

Ahhhh it's horrible, don't remind me! And worst of all, people over a certain age can't hear it, meanwhile it's driving me crazy and people think I'm crazy trying to explain the sound it's making ::)

Aesthetically they are kind of cute though
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2022, 07:33:56 pm »

I agree with di on the landline/home phone thing. I hated calling friends and getting their parents or sibblings lol!

I don't miss dial up internet, having it disconnect all the time, even with a dedicated phoneline was painfull.

I don't miss forced activities, there were some that I simply did not enjoy!
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2022, 12:04:15 am »

Waking up in the middle of the night to one of those tornado warnings on television. Do those still exist? Did they change that god awful sound? I still remember the feeling of being a 5 year old all alone in my room and about to cry because I was too scared to go up to the television and turn it off. The sound was scary!
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2022, 04:33:09 am »

Oh man, there's so many in this topic that I agree with! A special shout-out to "crappy cheap tech." I bought stuff like the Game.com and the Cybiko because I really, really wanted some form of internet in a portable form factor, but those things never delivered. Now you can buy a TracFone for $20 at a Walmart checkout endcap and go online no matter where you are. Incredible!

Ooh, and I don't miss video game prices. Man, you adjust for inflation, and games were REALLY expensive. Digital downloads have made things soooo much cheaper and more convenient.
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