Technology advances and improves faster than we can adapt to the changes. Progress has always left some people in the dust, but the tempo has increased with the dawn of the Digital Age. That means that new generations are finding less and less in common with each other than before.

If you thought that the differences between millennials (aka Generation Y) and members of Generation Z were minor, think again. Nowhere is that more obvious than when members of the older generation show kids the tech that they used when they were small, only to be met with utter disbelief.

Bored Panda has collected some of the best examples when kids today couldn’t understand the technology millennials grew up with. And, boy, do we feel old! If you’d like to feel ancient and get a burst of nostalgia for the good old days, scroll down. Remember to upvote your faves and share this list with your friends (especially those whose birthdays are soon approaching).

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This is a diskette, aka a floppy disc.

It stores information.

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Hans
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6 months ago

If you ever installed Windows 95 from floppies (many, many of them), you will not forget.

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TUBLOVER3
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6 months ago

Good old Dial Up

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#3

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This is a cassette tape.

You can store music on it.

It was first developed in 1963, not the American Civil War which was fought between 1861 and 1865.

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RJ
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6 months ago

From the Civil War. 😂

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Just to make sure that everyone’s more or less on the same page, Gen Y (millennials) refers to people born in the early 1980s and mid-1990s. In short, it’s safe to say that millennials were born sometime between 1981 and 1996, though different researchers use different definitions.

Meanwhile, members of Gen Z are considered to be those born from 1997 until the early 2010s and who grew up with digital technology and are comfortable using both the internet and social media.

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This is a fascinating device from a bygone era that lets you manually roll down the car window.

It takes some getting used to.

You have to put your hand on the handle.

And then turn the handle to open the window.

The best part is, if you turn it the other way, the window closes.

Much wow. Such mystery.

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Sivi
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6 months ago

I can hear my parents yelling at me to hurry up and close the window cause we are entering a long tunnel. Forget lifting weights, this was the arm workout.

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#5

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

Worst thing of all: You had to pay in order to find out how good or bad they were.

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

Young people also do not know that calling someone and asking 'where are you' is as young as mobile phones.

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Aside from tech and upbringing, what are the ways that the two generations differ? According to Amber Feitsma on Compan Young, Generation Z is far more pragmatic than Gen Y because of higher economic instability. Gen Z prioritizes security and stability (but, ironically, prefers experiences over material possessions which sounds counterintuitive).

And while the new generation has grown up surrounded by digital technology, it still values face-to-face interaction and tech that makes communication easy, simple, and convenient.

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Kristy P
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6 months ago

My best friend and I had a notebook full of notes that we would pass back and forth. There ended up being 2 volumes. We STILL have them (graduated in 95) and trade them back and forth every few years:-)

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Rose the Cook
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6 months ago

The container that held a role of film?

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#9

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Calls, text messages, and mobile internet all used to cost more money than today because cellphones were considered a luxury item, while service providers incurred greater costs than nowadays.

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Nerevar
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6 months ago

In Hungary 3 seconds talk were free. People looked like idiots calling for three seconds then calling back... that's how awkward mobile phone conversations was between teenagers and poor university students.

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Gen Z also blurs the lines between different devices, work, and leisure: editing documents on laptops at work, only to change a few things on the bus home (or add a flourish or two using their smart fridge while getting a midnight snack). To sum up, it’s a generation that tries to synthesize contradicting and contrasting ideas into a logical whole.

Do you know what I’m looking forward to? Seeing how Generation Z will compare to Generation Alpha—those born from the early 2010s (and those who’ll join us on Planet Earth from the mid-2020s). Imagine the articles showing Gen A’s reactions to Gen Z’s tech. I can’t wait.

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European other
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6 months ago

Now that's kinda dumb lol

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Daria B
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6 months ago (edited)

You call this "struggle"? Pfffff..... try Windows 3.1. Or even better... DOS!

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

...and we were happy for having these three devices. Not everyone had them.

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0foxgiven
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6 months ago

true friendship should be free :D

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Jane Alexander
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6 months ago

Using a real map, probably an outdated one.

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#15

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Cellphones could store very limited amounts of data.

While it seems funny that your phone couldn't make any more space for extra messages, consider how quickly photos and videos fill up your brand new smartphone.

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

You have to keep in mind that this phone only could store tiny text messages.

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Monday
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6 months ago

Ahhh it was the best feeling.

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Guy MacGregor
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6 months ago

don't need pause if you're switching letters

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#18

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This is a VHS tape.

You can store movies and video recordings on it.

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Hans
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6 months ago

Rewind!

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Hans
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6 months ago

Twitter needs an update when people who shout (all caps) get a posting ban for 12 hours.

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#20

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This is an overhead projector.

It projects things over your head.

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TUBLOVER3
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6 months ago

On to the wall in front of everyone - not on the ceiling.

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#21

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This is a public payphone.

You used it to call people.

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Daniel Lewis
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6 months ago

There are still some towns in the USA that have public payphones.

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ADHORTATOR
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6 months ago

Snake.... sweet memories...

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Monday
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6 months ago

ahhhh I had a silver version of this exact one as a teenager....memories....

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#24

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This is an iPod.

It plays music.

The very first iPod came out in 2001, not 1955.

The iPod pictured appears to be an iPod Nano, the first of which were released in 2006.

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Hans
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6 months ago

1955 is about close.

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#25

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I still don't know how to burn CDs and I'm not a member of Gen Z.

On a theoretical level, it's clear that you copy information that's on your PC onto a disc. On a practical level, I end up messing up the disc and accidentally deleting the data I meant to copy over from the computer.

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Nerevar
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6 months ago (edited)

Read history about ancient Rome. Especially about Nero who lived in the ancient times and was the Emperor of Rome. He even burnt Rome beside CDs.

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#26

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This is a stereo, aka a boombox.

You use it to play music and be popular.

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Marky Mark
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6 months ago

My siblings and I still call them Ghetto Blasters as if we were stuck in the late 70's.

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Will Tiernan
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6 months ago

Beethoven predicted the future too. His Symphony #9 is marvellous.

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Hendra Lim
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6 months ago

me, wakes up at 5 am to download some songs, because the internet provider is suck at normal times, and only got moderate speed at 2 to 6 am

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#29

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This is a beeper, also known as a pager.

It can be used to transmit short messages or, in some cases, voice recordings.

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Rissie
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6 months ago

You know what's crazy? Hospitals still using these because they are so easy to use. They notify you clearly, give you a quick overview of the urgency and let you decide to call back immediately or attend to what you're doing at that point first. Leaving the decision making with the actual person while not having to set a gazilion options only to forget to turn the sound on when you were needed to save someone's life.

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#30

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This is a cellphone.

You use it to call people.

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Hans
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6 months ago

This one is odd. Even two years old normally recognize those, but consider them toys instead of things an adult would use.

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