How did they ever survive!!

By Mr.Guvernment ยท 13 replies
Feb 28, 2003
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  1. I guess this applies to some here :)

    • According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids
      in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably shouldn't
      have survived.
      Our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint. We had
      childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and when we rode
      bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)
      As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags!!!
      We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! We ate
      cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we
      never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one soft
      drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually DIED from
      We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down
      the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the
      bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
      We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
      when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No
      phones. Unthinkable! We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no
      video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround
      sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We
      had friends! We went outside and found them.
      We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We fell
      of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits
      these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember
      We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to
      get over it. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the
      door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
      Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't
      had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students weren't as smart as
      others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.
      Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own.
      Consequences were expected
      The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They
      actually sided with the law. Imagine that! This generation has produced
      of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.
      The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas We had
      freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal
      with it all, before lawyers and government regulated our lives.
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Now nice :D
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Yea veh, you should be really jealous.
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    lmao, but hey - Im jealous too :blush:
  5. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    I read an article somewhat like that in an issue of Newsweek a while back.

    I feel sorry for you kids today. You guys just don't know how good we had it. Isn't that a twist, heh...

    SNGX and I were talking earlier about stuff the way it is now and the way it was when we were kids, and most things can be summed up as no one wanting to take responsibility for their actions. When we were kids, if you got hurt while playing with something, you'd be told not to be stupid and be more careful. Today, if you get hurt doing the same thing, there will be a lawsuit, and probably product recalls, safety warning lables and possibly a redesign of the product.

    Kids, go outside and climb a tree or something. There is more to childhood than video games and Internet.
  6. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Sounds good to me :grinthumb Normally in the summer Im on my dirt bike or BMX Bike, other than 6 hours on my PC.

    FYI: You guys had it good? Im sitting here with 1700Mhz CPU, gotcha there huh. :D
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Eh. On a normal day I exercise 3 hours vs. being on the computer for 4...

    But I think I'm a very small minority.
  8. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    I play basketball very often now and then ...i don't get to use the pc as much i used too...too many schoolwork to cope with lately!
  9. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    LOL, that was funny...

    While not all applied to me, quite a lot did... And boy, those were the times!

    And ---agissi---, you might have a 1700mhz cpu, but we had C64 and, 8086, which actually required you to do something yourself, not just point & click!
    /me almost goes looking for that old C64 to play with instead of this machine... :D
  10. Mr.Guvernment

    Mr.Guvernment TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 77

    even me, i am only 23 and alot of that was my childhood - it was not till i hit 18 or so i got into computers.
  11. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I am about the same way....except I didn't get into computers until I was about 20. I wish I got into it sooner, because I have learned so much right now.
  12. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    A little too much bias I M O!

    I am barely 20 and yet that was almost my entire childhood. Just because I spent a lot of time indoors on the computer doesn't mean I didn't have just as much of a good childhood as anyone else. I have the scars to prove it and I am neither obese nor dissapointed. Age has nothing to do with it, attitude has everything. And those that lived through that in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, are now the parents and grandparents, they are the ones producing these laws, regulations, and limitations to begin with. You cannot blame the children.
  13. Mr.Guvernment

    Mr.Guvernment TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 77

    yes, but think about if u didn't have a computer at all!!!

    i think there is the benefits and down falls - it all depends what u use the computer for.

    now if you kid does nothing but play games - then a waste - but - if like me the havea genuine interestin in computers and how they work and like to figure thigns out, then it can be greatly beneficial.
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Yeah... but you have also had Windows for your entire life ;)

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