Rose Colored View of the Past: Older Americans Share What Millennials Get Wrong About the Good Old Days

Younger generations often view the past through the rose-colored lens of nostalgia for a time long gone. People who lived it see the folly in the romanticized view and share all the things younger folks get wrong about bygone eras. 

Lung Destroying Culture

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We get that smoking was far more common in the past than it is now, but no one realizes how bad it really was. You couldn’t dine at a restaurant without sitting in a nasty haze, and kids could easily access the products through vending machines scattered around town. 

Accepting That You’ll Never Know

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Spoiled by the knowledge available at their fingertips, Millennials will never understand the frustration of wanting to know something but being unable to find the answer. 

Lack of Options

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Modern culture faces decision fatigue. We have a plethora of choices about everything, from where to eat to what brands to buy. Before the 1980s, people had far fewer choices available. 

Inventing Fun

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Kids in the 50s and 60s couldn’t hop online and play games with their friends. Video games didn’t become household staples until the late 80s! Before then, kids had to use their imaginations and invent their own fun. 

Childhood Freedom

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Today’s parents get arrested for giving their children a modicum of freedom. Millennials were the last generation to roam the streets freely, meet neighborhood kids, walk to parks independently, and learn how to survive out in the neighborhood. 


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Millennials don’t realize how social people were before smartphones and the internet. People actually got together and spent evenings engaging with one another. 

Repair Shops

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Today’s throw-away culture may balk at repairing something rather than replacing it, but that was the norm until the late 20th century. 

Corporal Punishment

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It wasn’t until the last 20 or so years that we realized hitting kids is terrible. In the 80s, parents wouldn’t think twice about publicly smacking their kids if they acted up. Before that, even teachers were allowed to hit kids. 


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No one born after 1990 truly understands how 9/11 impacted every aspect of society. Once a bastion of freedom and hope, America let fear destroy society’s best aspects. 9/11 was the turning point that led us to where we are today. 

Travel Planning

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Today, you can hop on the internet and plan every aspect of your trip. You can purchase airfare, book your hotel room, and even decide where to eat and what sights to see. 

You can hop in your car and navigate anywhere with the click of a button. 

In the past, traveling was a much bigger hassle. People relied on road maps to navigate and needed a travel agent to adventure across continents. 

Your Entire World

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Before cell phones and the internet, your entire world ended at the edge of your town. If people moved away, you never heard from them again. Now, we can’t imagine a world so small. 

The Coolest Things from the 90s

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Nineties kids will remember these fun trends from the last great decade. 

The best things about the 1990s.

10 Things Baby Boomers Get Right

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The boomer generation gets blamed for a lot of things, but no one admit’s when they have a point. Here are ten things Baby Boomers are right about!

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Weird Gen Z Trends We Just Don’t Understand

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If America is the Best, Why Can’t We Have Nice Things?

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Everyone claims America is the best country in the world, but other Western nations put us to shame. Here’s the cool perks other countries provide their citizens that we wish we had in the States

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