It includes things like, “There has always been only one Germany.” and “They have never heard anyone actually “ring it up” on a cash register.”
These are interesting, but there are other things I think should have made the list:
1) They have never had to “defragment their hard drives”.
2) They don’t know what two modems connecting sounds like.
3) The Internet is older than they are.
4) “Google” is a verb
5) “WEB 2.0” is their “WEB 1.0”
And that’s just the geeky things. Other things they don’t know:
1) Once I knew everyone in the town I lived in — and they knew me.
2) At the age of ten I could go out for a full day without my parents wondering where I was — if they got curious, they picked up the phone (a party line) and asked all of the neighbors if they had seen me — they didn’t call my cell phone.
3) I used my imagination to create the vast majority of entertainment I got – I used it to create.
4) I was never pressured in school to do anything except be good in school. Extra-curricular activities were the exception, and not the norm.
5) There were only four TV channels, yet the few times we watched it there was always something on.
I know I’m showing my age… but I honestly believe I had a better childhood than my kids have – and my kids have TVs, cable, Internet, Computers, Video games, etc. I had friends, and imagination, and a much longer summer to run, and play, and be free, and to never worry about summer projects I needed for school.
Yeah, my kids are being ripped off.