How has the world changed since you were a child?

@Java09 (3086)
United States
February 7, 2010 5:31am CST
Since I was a child the world has changed so much.I was a child in the 70's.I remember children spend their day out doors back then.Today I noticed they stay inside.There was no internet when I was a child.I remember Atari came out then.The first home video games were Odessey and then Atari.Atari became popular.Since there wasn't many indoor activities like today,I used to spend my day riding my bike around the neighborhood.I also noticed when I was a child ,there were alot of payphones around.Now it's hard to find one because cell phones came out and replaced them.where I live they removed all the payphones here.What things have changed since you were a child?
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@mysdianait (55653)
• Italy
7 Feb 10
Compared to when I was a child and we would read a book or listen toa play on the radio, things have changed for the worse. We used our imagination and had thoughts of our own. Nowadays we are supposed to sit in fromnt of the television or read an article ina newspaper or online and see the opinions of others and do we stop to even think of a different side to each story? Respect has gone out of fashion too. Everyone is in a hurry, mostly thinking of themselves. Everything now revolves around money and we are lead to believe that we must have a lot of it to be happy. When I was a child we were happy with other things like a visit froma friend or relation, flowers bursting into bloom or the smell of a home made cake in the oven.
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@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Feb 10
You are right.I did notice there are no kids outside.My neighborhood has kids in it but they rarely go out.Fashion is also terrible today,I think alot of women think they have to show themselves off to meet a guy.I think people out to dress conservative then the man will like them for who they are.
@mysdianait (55653)
• Italy
7 Feb 10
Oh yes definately the fashions have altered too. Too much is exposed and nothing left to the imagination. I agree that it is not a positive change. Not as if fashion prices have dropped now that they use less material to create those garments. If anything they cost a heck of a lot more!
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@towongfoo27 (2990)
• United States
7 Feb 10
The world has definitely changed since I have been a child! I remember playing board games with my brothers and sisters as a family. Now kids prefer to sit all day on the computer with less interaction. When I was a child, I would also go outside and play all day with my friends. Now it seems with more technical gadgets and gizmos, kids prefer to play alone with their electronic companions. I also use to bike around the neighborhood, and nwadays it seems kids are less active and obese.
@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I remember I used to love to play board games,I remember there being lots of children outside,because parents used to make them spend the day out.Now I don't see any out there.
@mysdianait (55653)
• Italy
7 Feb 10
My obseravtions too. There are no longer children playing basic games outside anymore. No-one playing hide and seek in the park or riding their bikes. Do children no longer need fresh air? Or is there no longer any fresh air outside to be had?
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@iharidh (309)
• Indonesia
7 Feb 10
I was a child late at the 90's. It maybe seems new, but this world has gotten older a little fast. The first thing I remember these days is that this world has become hotter! I still remembered that when it comes to a noon, around 3 pm, the wind is blowing. It is very comfortable to just sit in front of my house. Now, even when clock is ticking to 6 pm, it's still hot ! what a world ! Another change is of course always linked to technology. Sooner, quantum and nanotechnology will reign the world.
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@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I do notice the weathering has changed alot in this world,the weather patterns seem so crazy.
@Porcospino (16454)
• Denmark
7 Feb 10
I grew up in the 80's and a lot of things have changed since that time. There were no cell phones or no internet, and when I went to the library I borrowed records and cassette tapes instead of cds. Instead of an ipod I had a walkman, and I loved listening to my cassette tapes. When we went shopping we used cash or checks instead of a creditcard. When we wanted to use a payphone we needed coins, you couldn't buy phonecards for payphones and there were quite a lot of payphones around the country. Most of them are gone by now, because people use there cell phones instead. When I was a child there was no bridge between Denmark and Sweden and we always had to sail to get to Sweden.
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@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I was a teen ager in the 80's.I remember I had alot of records.I used to sit in my room to listen to them.I used to go out to the arcade,it was popular at the time.I used to meet my friends at the arcade and go to the movies or something.Life seemed so simple at the time.Now everything is fast paced.
@dragon54u (27584)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I remember those things, too. We didn't wear bicycling helmets or kneepads, our playgrounds had gravel and cement and if we misbehaved in public our moms could swat us without fear of being reported as child abusers. There was a child molestor in my neighborhood but I didn't know it--Mom and Dad and my friends' parents told us all to stay away from him. A group of dads went to talk to him and in a week he was gone. When we got new neighbors Mom baked a cake and took it over to them. People were more involved with each other back then in the 60's and 70's. Adults without jobs were thought of as shiftless and children had chores to keep them busy. Being rude to an adult was unthinkable and a sign that your parents didn't raise you well. Moms were home with the children and dads went to work--Mom always greeted us with a hug and cookies when we came home from school. We all sat down to eat dinner together. Mom cooked breakfast for us and packed our lunches. Family was very important and we all stuck together.
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@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Feb 10
That's exactly how I remember.I remember kids were scared to talk back to their parent and they listened more than today.People were so much more friendly back then.I remember alot of elderly ladies used to pay me to do yard work for them.I think families were also closer together.
@vishml (12)
• India
7 Feb 10
I used to go to my grandparents' village. There there we used to go to forest surrounding the village the beauty of which i can't forget. Now all of that forest is gone! there are a couple of timber factories which are always polluting the environment.
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@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I have to say that's something else I notice different,is all the building up.they knocked down wonderful places I enjoyed a s a child.they knock all the wooded areas down and then build there,as a child I used to like to make forts in the woods,it was fun to me.
• India
7 Feb 10
the world has changed a lot since my childhood.. there was no mail,no technology and no different kind of medical reatment when i was born.. but now it has changed its own way... but one disadvantage here change alone cahnges and nothing else.. so oly the fittest can survive in this world..
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• India
7 Feb 10
accordin to ma view our country s still developing one . . . der may b technologically improved standards i agree wid tat . . but der s a logic behind a population more nd more . .but dis s not true . . coz india got independence 60yrs back . . briish ruled our country oa 200yrs n did all type f xploitation nd left nothin . . still n our country v face lotta prob. . nd comparing to all odr countries al nations re industrially based while india s agriculture based . . continues war wid pakistan s also one major loss n indian economy. .
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@nautilus33 (1810)
7 Feb 10
~ HI Java09! The world has changed a lot since I was a child. Then weren't any computers or video games, weren't so much cars and traffic, the people were much more friendly to each other. The present kids don't spend much of their spare time with friends- they prefer to stay at home in front of the TV or the PC and playing some games or chatting with some one, and forget that outside the 4 walls, the world is much more wonderful than at home in the virtual world of the PC. I think the kids from today grow in a world full of dangers every where and they haven't got anything childish in themselves, like the time when me and you were kids ~
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@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Feb 10
That is so true.I remember people were much friendlier than they are today.I have to say where I live the neighbors here aren't friendly at all.They were so mean to me here.They don't like me living in their neighborhood.I agree,the world is too dangerous to really walk around in .It was safe when I was a kid,I used to go far from my house,but that's when you didn't have to be worried about child predators.
• United States
7 Feb 10
I remember my first computer was a Commodore 128D and it was safe back then to walk the streets without having to worry about child molesters. Now days you have to know where your children are at all times because of the sick people who are in this world. The very bad thing is they are now in the schools, churches, etc etc. I also remember the Beta players and when VHS came out as well as cassette tapes. Wow this discussion has just made me realize my age. lol.
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@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Feb 10
That also has changed,I don't want my daughter walking the neighborhood as I used to,because when I did there weren't many child predators,like today.I used to go far from home on my bike,but then it was alot safer to do that.
@qamarep (4453)
• Pakistan
7 Feb 10
it has changed too much. in 80s i used to watch star trek and its computers. nowadays they are real available here.
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@zed_k4 (17641)
• Singapore
8 Feb 10
I think the world has changed drastically. To me, at least. Last time, the form of enjoyment I derive can be just a plain hide-and-seek game and hanging out with my love ones and friends. But as I grow older, I start to see kids are not playing easy games like that anymore. Nowadays, it's either the PC game or something. Which is good in terms of technology, but sometimes, I miss the old-time aura very much. Not so the black and white era, but mostly during when I was little. Oh yeah, and last time, food in my school canteen can range from $0.30-$1.00. Nowadays, I think the price has risen so much. $1.00 would be the minimum, I'd think. The world have really changed.....and sometimes, people too.
@jwfarrimond (4477)
8 Feb 10
I was a child in the 50's. No TV, not even a phone then. Mobile (cell) phones where the stuff of science fiction as where space flight and supersonic airliners. No computers of course, no holidays abroad, far less traffic on the roads, and everything was SO much cheaper! In short, the world has changed out of all recognition in the last 50 years.
@binagupta (628)
• India
8 Feb 10
India is developing in a very good way, mostly the girl child are give freedom day by day all the new technology is been inventing firstly the people should travel by bus but now people can also fly like an independent bird
@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
8 Feb 10
I was born in the '70s and grew up in the '80s and the '90s. I have basically the same observations. Research meant going to the library and not going online. Correspondence meant snail mail and not email. We thought the walkman was amazing and so was betamax, lol. Reports were handwritten or typewritten. I really long for the good old days. :)
8 Feb 10
From I was a child to the nowadays, I have already witness mainland China's rapidly economic development, but I still see enough healithy and wholesome change in this big , old , and glory country's political system, there are all totalitarian and unlawful what is more even break the legal dignity behavior,all vested interest hunting. this is my country's big failure at all. I hope better doing can happen.
• India
8 Feb 10
I too was a child in the 70’s and the greatest change I’ve seen all around me is the change in people’s attitude. While our parents worked hard no doubt, they still knew how to enjoy the simple things of life which cost very little money. Similarly for kids…we were far to innocent and enjoyed whatever our parents could afford to give us. Nowadays all around me the only thing I see is the pursuit of money…as if that is the only aim of existence. Its affecting the kids too… the more costly and flashy the more better for them. Showing off has become the rule of the day! Another change I’ve noticed is that there are so few genuine friends left…everybody is out to promote themselves at the cost of friendship! Sometimes I’m really in a fix as to what values should I teach my growing son? Survival is at stake and as a mother should I teach him to be self-serving and hardnosed or compassionate and caring???!!!
• United States
8 Feb 10
I was born in 1977 and much has changed compared to now. I know exactly what you are talking about with Atari. I have a cousin who actually still has his system if I remember correctly. Yes, we were always outside. Went to a local grade school, walked to and from school. Played baseball, strikeout and football until, then it was Ghost in the graveyard or Kick the Can. These were fun games. In winter, we would go sledding every day or ice shate on the river. I loved my childhood. Saturday mornings watched the best cartoons: Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Thundercats, Heman, Voltron and Transformers. Also we had all the classic cartoons like bugs bunny androad runner. Tv shows were also decent and family orientated. Now there are crap for cartoons, many Japanese ones for whatever reason, otherwise lame talk shows. The good cartoons are on cable and you have to drop $60 just to get the channels only to get 100 channels of crap. Every show out there now has some GAY theme and are all politically correct. Humans in my opinion are becoming lazier, dumber and are for a fact fatter. This has been proven. Its pathetic to see commercials while watching football that the NFL encourges 60 minutes of exercise a day. How lazy can one be. They want the government to give them everything and they wonder why they are poor.
@kathy714 (129)
• China
8 Feb 10
Hello Java. There have been so many big changes around me that I can not list them at a time. The biggest change is that our society is more open and civilized and our life is easier thank before thanks to social development. There are more opportunites for people to pursue what they like. People demonstrate their personalities in a more bold way. But there are changes I don't like. For example, the enviornment is not as good as before. People suffer from more pressure from their work and life these days.
@ErrSmth (39)
• Indonesia
8 Feb 10
well yeah thing changed as time goes on. answering to your question i would say things change much, but in this occasion i will be focusing on myself. i was 90's when i was a child. back then i usually woke up at 6 o'clock in the morning to watch TV, because here the cartoons are usually in the morining. so i woke up at six because i didn't want to miss my cartoon. but as i get older. i start to woke up later in the day. now i usually woke up at 11 on weekends.
• Indonesia
7 Feb 10
I live in Indonesia, it's a tropical country. I would say, world has changed so much since my childhood. Not mentioning the road that full of traffic jam, which didn't happen at all in the pass time. The air was much more fresher than nowadays. The wet and dry season had very on time coming for every six months. ( now, may be of the global warming, the season arrival is just confusing ). But the positive thing now would be a lot of modern facility, like internet, mobile phone etc. Well, gone is the day when people smile watching blooming flower and thanks for the blessing wind.