Listen up all you millennials. I know you think you are pretty special with all your emojis, Snapshot, Instagram and blogs.
You love spending all your time glued to the screen, but boy-oh-boy, are you missing out on living.
You may scoff at us oldies with our digital-less upbringing and our lack of social media/digital business savvy, but I still think we got the better end of the deal by growing up in the 70s.
Our generation have less stress related digital paranoia. We don’t suffer FOMO (fear of missing out) and we certainly have better social skills.
We don’t need to hide behind a screen. What you see is what you get. It’s liberating; it’s freedom and it’s the best part of having a childhood in the decade of disco, Lava lamps and Mork and Mindy.
If someone phoned us, and we weren’t home, tough. If we fell down, tough – we were tough.
We were a generation of go-getters; we actually read books. If we wanted to know something we learnt about it.
Encyclopedias were big, friendships were real and getting ‘down ‘n dirty’ didn’t involve being hooked up to a camera and everyone in the world seeing it.
We had what I like to call ‘digital freedom’. We actually lived out our life by living it. We didn’t document it for all and sundry to see.
Each generation has their thing, and ours was freedom. Freedom to be us, not judged, more community-minded (we knew all our neighbours), there was less fear and more fun. Less competition and more companionship.
We drank water from the hose, didn’t wear a seatbelt, ran around barefoot, walked to school, and climbed trees.
We listened to The Little River Band, the Avon lady would pop around, we had a chopper bike, tape decks were all the rage, and skates were the best way to get around.
Milk was delivered to the door, records were massive, we watched CHiPs and Charlie’s Angels on the telly; fell in love with Farrah Fawcett and Leif Garrett.
We wore towelling, we didn’t have helmets – and the best part – we survived!
- Were you a child of the 70s? Do you think you had it better than today’s generation? We’d love to hear why, or why not, in the comments’ section below.