15 Things Gen X Was Crazy About During Their Childhood That Gen Z Would Probably Cringe At

Ephraim Obare
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Welcome back, time travelers! Let’s hop into our nostalgic DeLorean and zoom back to the era of Gen X—the time when MTV played music videos, neon windbreakers were the height of fashion, and Saturday mornings meant cartoons, not chores.

Remember those days? Of course you do! That’s why we’re embarking on this journey to reminisce about 15 things we were crazy about during our childhood that would probably make Gen Z cringe.

Mullets and Neon Spandex

Mullets and Neon Spandex
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The ’80s and ’90s were rife with fashion choices that would have Gen Z’ers recoiling in horror. Mullets were superb, and neon spandex was the go-to for any aerobics enthusiast.

Cassette Tapes

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Before digital music and streaming services, Gen X had to rewind and fast-forward tapes to listen to their favorite songs.

Dial-Up Internet

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The screeching sound of a dial-up connection would probably terrify any Gen Z’er used to lightning-fast Wi-Fi.

Pagers

20 Things Gen X Was Crazy About During Their Childhood That Gen Z Would Probably Cringe At
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If you wanted to contact someone, you’d “page” them. Gen Z would be baffled at the absence of emojis.

VHS and Blockbuster

20 Things Gen X Was Crazy About During Their Childhood That Gen Z Would Probably Cringe At
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Friday nights were for renting VHS tapes from Blockbuster. Streaming what?

Telephone Landlines

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Cell phones? No, we had landlines with long, twirling cords that could stretch around the house.

Disposable Cameras

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Say goodbye to a quick camera roll search and hello to rolls of film that had to be developed. Imagine not seeing your photos until they were developed at the store!

Walkmans

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What would we do without our iPods? Back in the day, we had Walkmans to listen to tapes. Music on the go! These were our version of iPods, except bulkier, with less capacity and no playlists.

Floppy Disks

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These storage devices could hold a whopping 1.44 MB of data. That’s about one-third of a song by today’s standards.

Typewriters

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Remember the days before spell-check and autocorrect? Before these tools, we had to use typewriters.

Even if you made a mistake, you’d have to delete it with white-out! Before the convenience of backspace and auto-correct, typing was a careful art.

Polaroid Cameras

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Instant photos were excellent, but the bulky cameras? Not so much. Before digital cameras, we had Polaroid cameras.

They used a film that would produce a print instantly. It was so cool to see your picture come out right away — no waiting for it to be developed!

Roller Disco

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Skating around in circles while Groovy tunes played? Peak Gen X fun. The roller disco was the best! Before we had cell phones and tablets, we used to go rollerskating with friends.

It was great to forget everything and skate around for hours while listening to fun music. It’s still one of my favorite memories from childhood.

Arcade Games

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Spending hours and numerous quarters trying to beat the high score seems quaint in the era of online multiplayer gaming.

Rotary Phones

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Dialing a number took time, patience, and strong fingers. Rotary phones were the only way to call someone up until a few decades ago.

We all remember dialing that rotary phone and waiting for that person to pick up on the other end. It’s funny how fast technology has changed since then!

Encyclopedias

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Before Google, these massive book sets were our source of information for school projects.

In a way, we can’t blame Gen Z for cringing, but we also can’t help but feel nostalgic for these blasts from the past!

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    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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