12 Things Millennials Know, But Generation Z Has No Idea What They Are
Age categorizations are honestly fascinating. We’ve got the Baby Boomers, followed by Generation X, followed by the Millennials, and lastly, Generation Z. The most widely accepted definition of Millennials is people born between 1981 and 1996. Generation Z is the age group that falls anywhere after this, with no clear ending date established (yet).
While Millennials are constantly regarded as a spoiled, technology-obsessed age group, Generation Z is definitely way more of an expert when it comes to social media and digital technology. I was born in the early ’90s, back in the days before social media, smartphones, and online banking. However, my friends over in Generation Z were far more exposed to these types of technology growing up, so there are some key differences between us Millennials and them.
Anyways, a bunch of Millennials decided to tweet things that they remember from being a kid or pre-teen, but that those in Generation Z would have no idea what they are. I definitely laughed out loud at a lot of these, and I’m willing to bet you will too.
1. The Discman
Ah, the Discman. I carried that thing around with me everywhere. I also had a CD binder that I glued rhinestones all over. Gotta love the ’90s!
2. The Floppy Disc
Remember when the “back-to-school” lists provided by teachers always included a floppy disc? There was no feeling of absolute panic quite like the one when you weren’t able to save your work.
3. The Cassette Player
Long before iPods and Discmans, the cassette player ruled the kingdom. I so wish I had kept all of these things!
4. Manual Windows
To be fair, I know a lot of people who still have cars with manual windows. I’ll never forget when the levers used to get stuck and you’d have to pull with all your might just to get a little air.
5. Manual Pencil Sharpener
I remember when my class got its first automatic pencil sharpener. We would all line up in front of it, waiting for our turns. Oh, the excitement!
The school-age kids of today all have laptops and smart boards. But we, my friends, had these bad boys. I’ll never forget how teachers would inevitably burn themselves when they’d start to overheat. Memories!
7. Film Canister
Do today’s youth even know what film is? Well, kids – way before your smartphones, we had cameras with real rolls of film inside! And we stored that film in these little guys!
8. The Gameboy
I’m sorry, but I just can’t imagine what my childhood would have been like without a Gameboy. A moment of silence for all generations that come after us.
9. ‘Hey Arnold!’
I know I’m not the only one who rushed home after school, just so I didn’t miss any new (or old) episodes of Hey Arnold!
10. Breath Strips
I will never forget when these things first came out. The teachers in school wouldn’t let us chew gum, but they couldn’t stop us from shoving these horrid things onto our tongues until our mouths went numb.
11. Boy Bands
The Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Britney Spears, and the Spice Girls were the soundtrack to my childhood. We were so blessed!
12. Brendan Fraser
We really do owe so much to Brendan Fraser. No one else could have done George of the Jungle or The Mummy series like he did.