Duh! Things Generation Z Just Won’t Understand

I am a thirty-something year old “Older Millennial” mom. I have a side part and wear skinny jeans. My youth was (thankfully) not documented across social media. I don’t know the latest Tik Tok dance trend. I was still using my original aol.com email address until a few years ago.

Unlike my childhood, my children will grow up surrounded by digital technology.

My tween daughter was telling a story at the dinner table a few nights ago. At one point, I looked over at my husband and it was clear that neither of us understood the majority of her slang. The world is a vastly different place today than it was during my childhood. As my daughter gets older, she will move further and further away from the world that I grew up in.

This has really made me think about all of the things from my childhood that my children will likely never experience. Here are a few:

  • The high-pitched sound of dial-up internet – Can you hear it in your mind?!
  • The excitement when your crush signed on to AIM
  • The snake game on the indestructible Nokia cell phone
  • The stress of putting together your MySpace profile. It was vital to choose the right layout, the perfect song, and your top friends.
  • Burning CDs off of LimeWire
  • Floppy disks on the school supply list
  • The TGIF lineup: Sabrina, Full House, Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs, and Family Matters were the best!
  • Avoiding hidden mines on Minesweeper
  • Accidently recording the latest episode of Dawson’s Creek over VHS home movies

  • Calling the movie theatre to listen for showtimes
  • Watching the latest music video on MTV
  • Stressing out about forgetting to feed your Tamagotchi
  • Carrying around separate devices to listen to music, make phone calls, take pictures, take videos, tell time, make notes, and keep a calendar
  • A trip to Blockbuster to rent a video
  • Using heavy encyclopedias for research
  • Old school projectors being rolled into the classroom

Continuing on this trip down memory lane, what are some other things that you can think of that Gen Z and even younger generations will likely never know?

Elizabeth and her husband Nicholas have been married for 13 years. They live in Geismar with their 3 children, Addison (9), Parker (5), and Laurel (2). She is from Franklin, LA and moved to Baton Rouge after receiving her Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a Budget Administrator for the Department of Public Safety. She relies on sarcasm, a dry sense of humor, and the occasional cocktail to deal with the daily demands of motherhood. She loves crawfish, clean sheets, vacuuming, and the latest crime documentary on Netflix.