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 The youth of today have got it so easy! (67)

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The youth of today have got it so easy!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways… yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids (or the kids on CD) about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!
 
But now that I'm over the ripe old age of thirty (and I could use some points), I can't help but look around and notice the youth
of today.  You've got it so easy!  I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a dang  Utopia!
 
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

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I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the dang library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen!

Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

I still prefer letter writing - rarely check my e-mail. Kids these days probably wouldn't even know how to start a letter.

DaWolfman(3322) Disputed
2 points

Dear Terminator,

I am writing on behalf of my fellow youths of today. In telling you that though I do not prefer writing letters, I do know how to do it. Most kids these days do know how to write letters as well. It is apart of our curriculum at school. I am going to guess I was taught how to write a letter when I was in the 3rd grade!

Respectfully,

DaWolfman

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eangtomato(1) Disputed
1 point

Your topic is "youth today have got it so easy" but your answer is agree. That not argument. you mean the life in the past is difficult don have email. so it the same meaning like youth todya got so easy..

Side: R O A R

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

Side: R O A R

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our butt! Nowhere was safe!

Side: R O A R
2 points

Proper discipline - and the children back then were better for it. Kids run around all over the place, getting into god knows how much trouble. They need a good whoopin'.

Side: R O A R
1 point

Im 17 n i still get woopin's. i respect my father because of it

Side: R O A R
KatieMarie(288) Disputed
1 point

CPS doesn't care if our parents throw us out or if we're shot in the street. We're just another teen "gang banger" in the morgue and one less trouble maker to them.

Side: R O A R
brycer2012(1002) Disputed
1 point

The older people are running the CPS. Technically, you made us the way we are.

Side: R O A R

There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car.. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

Side: R O A R

There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOD !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

Side: R O A R

No wonder you have so many damned points, Joe - you create a dozen arguments.

I agree. Kids these days text and talk way too much. Back in the day, if you didn't see your friend frequently, you had no communication with them. Now youngens have no reason to interact in person.

Side: R O A R

And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

Side: R O A R

We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

Side: R O A R

Ah - those were the days. I miss Pong, I miss my original Nintendo, I miss arcades. Those were the days. I am so damn nostalgic! Games today are too easy - PacMan, Galaga - I miss these so much.

Side: R O A R
1 point

Pong? Whats that? seriously idk what that is.......... (filling up min requirements)

Side: R O A R

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

Side: R O A R

Channel surfing? What channels? As I recall, there were only about 3 channels to chose from.

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There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

Side: R O A R

Yup - and those were good cartoons. Superman, Looney Tunes, Aquaman, Tom & Jerry - not all the garbage out there today.

Side: R O A R
KatieMarie(288) Disputed
1 point

I watched looney toons, big comfy couch, lamb chop, and zoro (black and white version that came on the tv land channel)

Side: R O A R

And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

Side: R O A R
DaWolfman(3322) Disputed
1 point

That is actually a good thing don't ya think? Microwaves are bad for us ;)

Side: R O A R
KatieMarie(288) Disputed
1 point

I can cook almost anything in a microwave. My favorite is tortillas and cheese with some hot sauce

Side: R O A R

And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

Side: R O A R
KatieMarie(288) Disputed
1 point

If anyone goes outside in my neighborhood for a walk, it's possible for them to be shot.

Side: R O A R

It'll teach the person being shot at survival skills, and the shooter will learn how to use a gun properly - how to aim, etc.

Side: R O A R

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were luckily, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

Side: R O A R

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before!

Side: R O A R
KatieMarie(288) Disputed
1 point

Im not spoiled and you wouldn't last one minute in the 903.

Side: R O A R

Yeah, I did time in Brooklyn. Ever heard of the Lords of Flatbush? 903 ain't that tough! ;)

Side: R O A R
1 point

Most kids do have it easy, but where im from, its not that simple. Kids from my area have to work or hustle to make money to pay for extravagant things that most people take for granted, ex. game systems, ipod's

Side: R O A R
2 points

Exactly. How much easier ones life is from their parents depends on what situation one is born into.

Side: R O A R
TERMINATOR(6779) Disputed
1 point

They don't need those things- they are luxuries. They could do just as well without them. iPods were nonexistent - we had transistor radios with earpieces. We had, a bit later, Pong. Ever heard of Pong? It was a pretty good game - nothing by today's standards, but still good.

Side: R O A R
1 point

The way I've understood it is that the generational quality of life improves differently according to financial class. This is not only because having more money means being able to afford more and greater goods, but also because technology is advancing parabolically. The more poor your family is, the less likely life has gotten easier over time. The inverse is also true.

Side: R O A R

Everything that you gave as an example is something that parents have to buy. If our parents are buying us all of this stuff, then what do you expect? We are the way we are in spite of our parents and the society around us. I had to sit through the long "I used to walk through rain, snow, sleet, hail and hurricanes and 20 miles to school." Parents can grump around all they want, but it's not going to work if they continue to buy us stuff. The world has advances, that's normal. Why should we be forced to live in the past while we have all of this technology?

Side: R O A R

Do you want your parents to stop buying you all that stuff? It'll be good for the environment ;)

Side: R O A R
TERMINATOR(6779) Disputed
1 point

Not all of it - but he did have a lot of good points. You punks could learn a lot by following the examples of your elders.

I had two perfect role models: Spock and Hannibal Lecter.

Side: R O A R

Why in my days...., hell..., we didn't even have days. We had ever lasting night...., until someone said, "Let there be light!" Yup..., that's how old I am ;)

Side: R O A R

You forgot about comics, Joe.

We had The Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the Ant-man, Action Comics, etc, etc, etc. Not all this anime you punks have now-a-days.

They were twelve cents a piece. TWELVE WHOLE CENTS!

Side: R O A R

I liked the X-men. But they pissed me off when they killed Phoenix ;)

Side: R O A R

Never much cared for X-Men. Spider-Man was the cat's meow.

Side: R O A R

Movies!

Back in the day, we had to sneak into the movie theater to see a naked woman.

If we wanted to see a gorilla, it would be a stuntman dressed in a very noticeable gorilla costume.

Special effects meant clay models dancing around the screen fighting each other.

Side: R O A R
1 point

As a youth myself, i think that things are a lot easier than what my parents had to deal with, but I gotta say that they must have had more fun.

Side: R O A R

Yeah, that's probably true; your parents probably had a lot more fun. Why, you probably were conceived in the back of a very spacious, gas guzzling, car.... that's a lot of fun... try to do that in a Smart Car ;)

Side: R O A R
1 point

Haha, yeah they must have had more fun... and now that I think about it, EWWWW that's sick!!!

Side: R O A R
1 point

Ah, the old days. I remember back when I was in school, only the well-to-do could afford it. Our teacher would lecture us on basic history, maths, and so on. It was a lot easier back then because the map had fewer countries to learn about, none of this "Turkey, Egypt, Bosnia, Romania" etc. We'd go home within walking distance, and our Mammy would make dinner. We used wood stoves, there wasn't electricity yet in our town.

In seriousness, the pre-internet generation can often be baffled by how easy certain tasks are for the post-internet generation. I'm actually glad I was raised in the pre-internet generation, because I would hate having to use social networking websites to keep in contact with people.

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And we had better books, too. And a much wider variety.

If we wanted a science fiction, we got an 'ACE double'. If we wanted a western, we got an 'ACE double'. If we wanted a mystery, we got an Ellery Queen or an 'ACE double'.

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And we didn't have these fancy computers with word processors. If we wanted to type (which, by the way, was woman's work) we used a typewriter.

Side: I remember the days when we rode horses

The writers were much better than, too. We had Asimov, Tolkien, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Stan Lee, etc. Not all this modern junk.

Side: I remember the days when we rode horses