What are the things of your childhood that the children of today will never understand?

In my childhood Nobody had a computer at home.The first home computers came on the market at the end of the years 70 early 80. They were expensive devices that cost as much as a small car. We went to Maastricht as children on the bike to the Vroom and Dreesman to admire the equipment and to program it. At home you exchanged with boyfriends BASIC code and after the school you went to the store to enter the codes in the computers. It took 2 or 3 years before my older brother bought a computer and I could program at home. The computer was a Commodore VIC-12 with a whopping 12 kilobyte of RAM! Through the radio there were shows that shared over the ether software. The typical flute tones you may still know from old modems were broadcast via radio. You could record it on a cassette tape and charge it in your computer to play a game or something. The computers that were used in universities or the army were not much better. The current smartphones are many male more powerful than the largest computer systems at the time. Imagine: All nuclear defense systems turned on computers similar to our current calculators! Each year the computers became faster and faster. More and more people were given access to these machines. The leap forward from the years 70 to the turn of the century is difficult to imagine.


After school, you logged into MSN and talked to friends and strangers.It was quite normal to add people you didn’t or barely knew.

For instance, a friend and I have done a lot of trouble at the time to figure out the MSN of a boy we liked.When we finally had his MSN, we added him and he accepted our friend requests. Not that we know each other 芒 鈧?娄

I also accepted friend requests from people I didn’t know.Were they annoying? Then you just blocked and removed them.

You could also organize your friends list into groups so that you kept it organized.I had among others a family group, a Weirdo芒 鈧劉 s Group and a group of people I didn’t know. Everyone could make their own personal groups on his/her MSN and organize contacts there. So I found out that a classmate had arranged me, on her MSN, into the Kneusjes group. Painful.

The invent of a suitable MSN name was a self-contained art form.First you went looking for a dramatic rule (preferably English) text. They found you in lyrics of popular artists at the time. The text surrounded you with matching Emoji芒 鈧劉 s and/or you wrote in BrE3ZaH Language.

My first MSN name was: (l) From Stacey With Love (L).That was after Sarah Connor‘s popular song from Sarah With Love .Those (L) 芒 鈧劉 s formed Hearts-Emoji芒 鈧劉 s. Everyone found him well figured out.

Did you have any dating with anyone?Then you also added his/her name to your MSN name followed with a heart or a rose. That’s how everyone knew you had a relationship and was the 芒 鈧?虄officie芒 鈧劉. I had no dating, but it seemed to me bold to be allowed to do this someday. So far it has never come.

After that, you had to promote your new name by changing your status very quickly from online to offline and back to online and offline芒 鈧?娄 etc.Your friends then got a lot of pop-ups that you had come online. Everyone was equally aware of your existence and your new MSN name. This often triggered new conversations.

Or a few blockages of people who have found you irritating.You also had special websites on which you could find out if people had blocked you. If you were behind it, you dramatically put it in your MSN name: JOOST I know you’RE BLOKED ME!!!!!!

If you were sitting with a friend behind MSN, you also mentioned it in your name.Something like: Stacey feat.(Name of girlfriend).You also got more conversations.

At one point, a feature came out where you could have your MSN name show you which song you were listening to at that time.That only turned you on when you listened to cool music at that time, so everyone knew your music taste was refined.

I can remember that MSN conversations often went nowhere, but that you counted online presence on MSN.

My son was very pleased with the news that Howick and Lili were allowed to stay in the Netherlands.He said: Armenia is very dangerous for the children. I have seen on the youth journal. They play football outside on the street and they even make a goal of dirty bricks! I then planetickets to my cousin: who is going to tell him that when you were 2, you played with a real hammer and nails? And even tried to beat a nail in my head?

Huh, the shops weren’t open on Sunday?And did they open on Monday only in the afternoon? No, that really can’t.
And what exactly do you mean by phone booth?And was there really a queue when people wanted to call?
Ypenburg (near The Hague), that’s a neighborhood mama anyway?What do you mean by airplanes?
I still can’t believe you were going to the store to rent Video芒 鈧劉 s!

And then I haven’t had the Flippo芒 鈧劉 s yet.

When we still lived in Indonesia, we only had 脙 漏 脙 漏 n channel on the television.It was the state television of Indonesia, so we automatically looked at all the program芒 鈧劉 s. This was in the years 1980, only in the early years 1990 commercial channels were allowed. Actually, the situation was not much different as in the Netherlands.

Our favorite program was Dunia Dalam Berita (the World in the news). [1 We found this very interesting, because often funny news stories from overseas were shown.Then we had to go right to bed.

We were lucky to have a VCR, so we could also rent movies or borrow Video芒 鈧劉 s from other people.In addition, my father had a kind of subscription at the cinema, this one was around the corner. My parents often went to the cinema. We, children, sometimes went along.

We had Betamax Video芒 鈧劉 s In Indonesia [2

In addition, the range of Radioprogramma芒 鈧劉 s varied, there were interesting and funny hearing games to be heard on the radio.

We also read a lot.

The scant offer of television programme芒 鈧劉 s resulted in a lot of lazing, both own books and borrowed books from the library.

When we moved to the Netherlands, we of Indonesian guests who stayed with us for a long time or sometimes also had the request to include Western Television Programm鈩?s on Betamax videotapes.Especially video clips from MTV were very popular. Moreover, the PAL system is used in Indonesia as well as in most European countries, so these tyres could also be played in Indonesia.

Thank you for asking me this question C茅line D茅camps (Quora user), I hope to have answered your question with this.


[1 dunia dalam berita tvri 10 November 1984

[2 File: Betacam Betamax tapes. jpg-Wikipedia

I’m not that old yet, so it’s a bit odd to answer this question, but I think the lack of continuous connection through the Internet is something I’ve just known.

I had a cell phone, but it was meant for functional communication.I had internet but that was to look up things and send emails. MSN Messenger was only at home.

Today everything is shared.There is actually more to be lived to share than to live. Everything is in the sign of 芒 鈧?艙what can I do with it on social media? 芒 鈧?a lot of noise with often little content.

Nice question!You could fill books about it and that has happened too.

My childhood was playing in the sixties and I could tell my grandson of ten, a Fortnite-adept.

You could not get money out of the wall or pay with 芒 鈧?虄plastic芒 鈧劉.You could write a cheque.

Television sets were not flat, but 芒 鈧?虄gebocheld芒 鈧劉 and via a small engine you could rotate the antenna on the roof.Black and white television with only 芒 鈧?虄evening broadcasts.

At a central location in the house was a fixed telephone with a turntable.

Foto芒 鈧劉 s made you with an analogue device in which you had to priegle a roll of film and then wait a few days until the foto芒 鈧劉 s (or the failures) had been developed.

We didn’t slept under duvets with printed covers, but under blankets and white sheets.

I will never forgive the late my mum that I had to swallow Vislevertraan.The smell-or rather: the stench-I never forget.

The neighbouring boys played cowboy and Indian.There you would now get a complaint for racism on your pants.

We folded 芒 鈧?虄muizentrapjes芒 鈧劉 of plastic straws.We knew a lot.

Mama went to the hairdresser weekly for a sugarspin hairstyle.Papa called that a 芒 鈧?虄vogelnest芒 鈧劉.

Cocker Spaniels and Boxers had a cropped tail.We thought they were so born.

Belgians were sent their licence by post.

In the Zoo of Antwerp you could buy cookies to feed the animals.

So, I just take it for a while, still need to pay a few bills via homebanking;-)

Funnily enough, I have seen my grandchildren play a year or ten ago with an old toy-turntable-phone, holding the horn, a wire, against the ear, and with the turntable 芒 鈧?艙a number spin 芒 鈧? exactly as we did earlier.

I think kids are more picking up what they see on TV than we suspect.

Funnily enough I suspect they will know what a Compact Cassette is, but have no idea of what a minidisc is.

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芒 鈧?娄 they will indeed not understand.


I suspect practically nothing.

You can explain everything to a child, including how it used to be in my childhood.

Children have a very good imagination and rich fantasy.
And you can always show things from then on.

I assume it is about habits, technology and zeitgeist: that change.But do not underestimate the comprehension of children.

Or can you not make a representation of how children would have lived 100 or 300 years ago?

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