With the advent of the internet, computers, and smartphones, the world changed so quickly in the 2000s that older Millennials and Gen-Z are separated by a vast gulf of radically different cultural and technological experiences. That’s why there are plenty of struggles Millennials had to suffer through that their younger siblings simply never had to deal with.
It might blow some Gen-Z minds to learn that Millennials once had to browse for movies and an actual brick-and-mortar store. Or that we couldn’t use the internet and the phone at the same time (let alone have our own phone, let alone have a phone that had the internet on it). What a rough era. And kids today? Kids today just won’t get it.
Here are just some of the struggles Millennials dealt with that Gen-Z kids will never fully understand.
Today’s kids will never know the joy of swapping shareware discs with your friends or having to wait for the next episode of doom or Duke Nukem to come out! pic.twitter.com/njD46VA5yH
— Art of Jason Wulf (@jasonwlf) January 2, 2020
— 90skid (@memorable_90s) September 26, 2018
Today’s kids will never know about unlimited minutes after 9 pm
— Mohamed Sanu Sr. (@Mo_12_Sanu) May 30, 2018
Kids today will never know , that 15 yrs ago champion was a cheap brand. They were sold on the back shelves of Modells. Shirts were 2.99 and kids made fun of you at school if you wore it.
— shethegoods (@shesthegoods) December 27, 2019
Kids today will never know what it was like to go see your favorite artist perform in the mall https://t.co/V4uOV9oUCT
— Johnny Boy ♂️✨ (@JohnTheFame) August 23, 2019
Today’s kids will never know what it feels like when your crush logs onto AIM and the door opening sounds comes on. Then 2 seconds later they sign off, door closes and you are just distraught 😭😭
— Amazingb_ (@AmazingB_) April 29, 2019
kids today will never know how hard it was to keep up with friends in the ‘90s. you’d lose someone in the department store and they’d return the next day a wizened old man, having spent three hundred years in the thrall of the faerie queene.
— the library haunter (@SketchesbyBoze) October 20, 2019
Today’s kids will never know the struggle of fitting all of their favourite songs by burning a 700MB disc. pic.twitter.com/sfvgJ8lrou
— Bhaumik (@bmaktwts) October 2, 2019
Kids today will never know the torture… pic.twitter.com/5zS2pOQRIF
— Nick Younker (@NYounker) April 27, 2019
Kids today will never know the unique horror of buying an album for the single & finding out the rest of it sucks
— Leigh Alexander (@leighalexander) June 25, 2017
Today’s Kids will never know the struggle of Loosing one of them pic.twitter.com/HW4Jen2sYf
— Alex🌹 (@__Lexandra) September 30, 2019
— 90skid (@memorable_90s) July 18, 2019
Today’s kids will never know how long it took to find the song you wanted to listen to 😪 pic.twitter.com/491d3LAa66
— Kenya😌 (@_Fuck_Youuuuuuu) December 30, 2019
Today kids will never know the adrenaline rush us 10 year olds got when we heard DJ Webstar’s Chicken Noodle Soup at the school dance pic.twitter.com/F4pSGnXBie
— Lesha (@omgxlori) September 27, 2019
Well I’m this old. And today’s kids will never know…how hard it was to get up that pink tunnel. pic.twitter.com/WjEPEBPmqq
— Bianca Starr✨ (@BiancaStarrrr) May 25, 2019
Today’s kids will never know that this was the original chill spot pic.twitter.com/seJnYq2R0w
— (@SteadyFlyer) December 31, 2019
Today’s kids will never know how big of a deal it was to go to computer lab.
— Shower Thoughts (@showerfeelings) November 24, 2019
— 90skid (@memorable_90s) January 2, 2020
Remember when Kim went to prison and dropped Lighters Up. Today’s kids will never know. Iconic
— moira rose (@tinnkky) March 22, 2019
Kids today know nothing about this pic.twitter.com/Zv7K8imniQ
— niggathée chalamet (@haaniyah_) December 29, 2019