If not for the three grey hairs peeking out, I’d feel as fresh as new. It seems like only yesterday we’d drink Capri Sun, burn CDs and listen to the Smashing Pumpkins. Speaking of the latter, kids these days call it “dad rock,” and how can you blame them?

The oldest of Gen Z, aka the newest generation that was born between 1997 and 2012, is now 24. No, it’s not you who are 24, it’s the kids who have no clue what “pick up the phone'' means.

So today, we’re diving deep into the world of no illusion, ready to face one fact we all dread (hence the booming skincare industry among millennials!)—we are old. Thanks to the corner of Reddit ‘Heck I’m Old,’ we have a collection of posts to make you feel not just old, but rather ancient. “When you look at kids nowadays and see their music you can't help but think of how everything is old,” says the group’s description and from what you see below, they ain’t lying.

#1

I'm Just Going To Leave This Here

I'm Just Going To Leave This Here

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Bradley V.
Community Member
2 months ago

Truth!

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#2

Ah Nostalgia....

Ah Nostalgia....

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Warloew Brinn
Community Member
2 months ago

That tv setup meant a good day every time.

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#3

Zoom Meetings!

Zoom Meetings!

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

except nobody holds up their cat/dog for everyone to see

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If you ever feel like time is passing at the pace of a hadron collider, you can be sure you’re not the only one. Most of us feel that the passage of time is inevitable, and that it only makes us older (but also wiser, more confident and happy overall!).

Having said that, it's no secret that our modern society is obsessed with freezing and even turning back time. This ageing paranoia that’s sweeping across our society has been heavily fueled by social media, where young folks constantly put pressure on achievements, looks, and everything, really. Its competitive nature shows that someone is doing better and has accomplished more by your age than you have.

#4

I Remember!

I Remember!

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Steve
Community Member
2 months ago

still want it TBH

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#5

The Struggle Is Real

The Struggle Is Real

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Steph
Community Member
2 months ago

Great metaphor!

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#6

Just Pause Duh

Just Pause Duh

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Steph
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh yes, spilling the juice while running back to the tv and constantly bumping your knees or toes when jumping over the furniture... but thanks to the adrenaline: no pain felt!

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Being scared of ageing is not only nothing new, it seems like it creeps into the minds of younger generations obsessed with anti-ageing life choices earlier than ever in history. In 2018, a report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that millennials felt the most negatively towards ageing, viewing it as a steep decline and assuming dementia and loneliness as inevitable.

#7

I'm Old I Remember Having One Thinking It Was So Cool

I'm Old I Remember Having One Thinking It Was So Cool

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Fat Harry
Community Member
2 months ago

I had the 16 colour version. It was a bitch to write with because it was so fat.

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#8

I Feel This Deep In My Soul

I Feel This Deep In My Soul

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kristina law
Community Member
2 months ago

That cashier was just jealous that you got to experience Blockbuster and they didn't lol

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#9

I Consider This A Small Victory

I Consider This A Small Victory

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

不不不不kids please.....

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In some extreme cases where fear of getting older interferes with your life, doctors diagnose people with gerascophobia. “Gerascophobia sufferers have very frequent thoughts about changes in their appearance due to ageing and increasingly losing control over their life as they get older. These thoughts trigger panic attacks, shortness of breath, sweating and shaking," Dr. Rose Aghdami, a consulting and coaching psychologist, told Refinery29.

"Their behavior is affected too, as they often avoid certain activities which remind them of ageing, withdraw from social contact, and become more isolated."

#10

You Might Be Old...

You Might Be Old...

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

I absolutely love these, and trust me I'm not that old

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#11

Doc Brown And Marty Mcfly Still Here, Together, In 2021

Doc Brown And Marty Mcfly Still Here, Together, In 2021

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

Hey, this one actually made me feel good. They ditched the Delorean?

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#12

Never Failed

Never Failed

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AndThenICommented
Community Member
2 months ago

Ohhhhhhhh the feeling

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The RSPH has also urged people to stop using the term 'anti-ageing' popularized by the beauty industry, since it could be putting pressure on women to see ageing as something inherently detrimental. Another 2017 study found that 30% of women under 35 were regularly using anti-wrinkle products, a fact that’s so obvious when browsing through social media that you don’t need a survey for it

#13

"I Grew Up With No Internet" Starter Pack

"I Grew Up With No Internet" Starter Pack

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

And still have no idea how to play minesweeper 不不不不不

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#14

Beware This Man

Beware This Man

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Thanks, Macaulay. I wish you would look up to Bart Simpson, he doesn't age like that.

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#15

I Resemble That Remark

I Resemble That Remark

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm a millenial, but I get angry too.

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#16

Who Else Had These Exact Same Speakers?

Who Else Had These Exact Same Speakers?

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Bradley V.
Community Member
2 months ago

HAD? Still use 'em!

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#17

This Feeling All Of The Time

This Feeling All Of The Time

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Ally R
Community Member
2 months ago

I still think the 90s were 10 years ago.

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#18

What Else?

What Else?

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Bill Evs
Community Member
2 months ago

UK specific but when I was a kid in the 80's we had a grand total of 4 TV channels to choose from.

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#19

In The 80s, TV Stations Just Turned Off Late At Night. No Infomercials, Nothing. Just This

In The 80s, TV Stations Just Turned Off Late At Night. No Infomercials, Nothing. Just This

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, they played a nifty tune first, and then some nice white noise to fall asleep to...

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#20

70's Kids Checking In

70's Kids Checking In

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cugel
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh yeah, Disney on a Sunday night, that one hits home.

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#21

Well, This Is The New Metric For How Old We Are, I Guess

Well, This Is The New Metric For How Old We Are, I Guess

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Danish Dynomummy
Community Member
2 months ago

My Kids freak out every time I tell them I wasn't born in this Millennium

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#22

Stolen From Facebook

Stolen From Facebook

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm not loving it

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#23

Phoebes Baby Is A College Grad

Phoebes Baby Is A College Grad

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S. Tor Storm
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

hahaha, I actually thought to myself: wow, she actually kept in touch with him even tho it wasn't her baby?

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#24

Was It A Nokia Or A Razr You Had?

Was It A Nokia Or A Razr You Had?

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Michelle M
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I had a Nokia c2 when I was 10 or 11. Used to feel quite smug typing fast without looking at the keyboard.

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#25

We All Knew This Day Would Come

We All Knew This Day Would Come

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

That's a great imagination right there!! I remember the young person that saw a real floppy disc and asked his dad why he has 3d printed the save icon!!

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#26

Aww

Aww

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Ally R
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww!

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#27

Anyone Else??

Anyone Else??

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
2 months ago

And then you go to the actual store and those young whippersnappers rearranged it again.

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#28

An Ancient Artifact From A More Civilized Time

An Ancient Artifact From A More Civilized Time

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kristina law
Community Member
2 months ago

Who didn't have this exact alarm clock?!

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#29

Pretty Much!

Pretty Much!

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 months ago

oh crap, i totally have such location in my home town, the realization hit me like ton of brick

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#30

Old School Uncool

Old School Uncool

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

I would fail that student instantly

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#31

Some Redditor Is Mocking His Dad For This 80's Handset That's Plugged Into His iPhone. All I Can Say Is, That Looks Amazingly Comfortable....

Some Redditor Is Mocking His Dad For This 80's Handset That's Plugged Into His iPhone. All I Can Say Is, That Looks Amazingly Comfortable....

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

I still have a landline. Hate taking calls on my smartphone.

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#32

I Was 20 When It Aired And God, Do I Still Feel Old....

I Was 20 When It Aired And God, Do I Still Feel Old....

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Kay blue
Community Member
2 months ago

Betty White is older than sliced bread.

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#33

Good Morning

Good Morning

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 months ago

me, 35, in march 2021 : for vaccination too young, for gynecologist 'geriatric' :D

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#34

Afv Anyone?

Afv Anyone?

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David Shoemaker
Community Member
2 months ago

The American bashing on this site seems to be a hobby for a lot of people.

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#35

After 9 And On The Weekends Plus $.10 Texts

After 9 And On The Weekends Plus $.10 Texts

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Natalie Oleander
Community Member
2 months ago

Free minutes were the best!

Happi doggi
Community Member
2 months ago

In 3rd grade my teacher gave us a problem mentioning that. It was math, which phone plan was cheapest.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

It was 7pm to 7am for me and it was only free for the first 20 mins. So we would chat for 19mins, hang up and call back.

Warloew Brinn
Community Member
2 months ago

I forgot all about this handy little trick. Yes, we may be getting older but I wouldn't trade when we grew up for anything.

Melvetta Bowles
Community Member
2 months ago

Then you have 20 people calling you back

not your average weirdo
Community Member
2 months ago

My first phone looked just like the one in the picture. Good times. (it didn't really work though)

Stuart Griffiths
Community Member
2 months ago

I the UK in the 90s there was a thing where ocassinally the phone network ran by orange would sometimes glitch and all calls were free it was like a gift from God back then

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember having with my friends free texts every Friday!! Oh it was so fun

Hannah Marshall
Community Member
1 month ago

Our landline was free to use after 6pm!

MikeMaxis
Community Member
1 month ago

But you still had to worry about long-distance charges for a time.

Riley Quinn
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember the day/time/rate chart pinned on the kitchen wall. Anyone who ignored it felt my mother's wrath when the bill came in the following month.

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
1 month ago

My first phone we had to buy minutes and if not used in 6 months, you lost them!

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
1 month ago

Not on mobiles I've used

Cass Thomas
Community Member
1 month ago

Who remembers a $300 text bill because their stepdaughters didn't understand the word "NO".

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember waiting until 6 pm so we could phone the UK from Australia to wish our aunt Happy birthday.

Myxomatosis
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my.. On the landline plans with NYNEX, which was bought by AT&T, back when you could have monopolies. After 7pm on Sat, Sun, and Mon, I could call my mom who lived 90 minutes away. My awesome Father won FULL custody of me (as he should have), so my mom had the "Pine Tree Network Plan", for free toll calls after 7pm. dayum - I am old!

Pat Wooster
Community Member
1 month ago

Im so old I dont even know what the hell youre talking about!!

Tonja Massie
Community Member
1 month ago

Mish
Community Member
1 month ago

If this is the Samsung U410 I think it was, I had it. I was so fast texting on it!!

Brady Raphael
Community Member
1 month ago

Not me because mine started at 7 and there was some loophole T-Mobile was running at the time like "If you call another T-Mobile customer it's free" so I never had to worry about it. Plus I had a Vonage landline either way to suppliment.

Spack Jarrow
Community Member
2 months ago

Who remembers that internet time was charged by minute

MikeMaxis
Community Member
1 month ago

No, not a thing for me.

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Queen Penelope (the troller of trolls)
Community Member
2 months ago

Finding signal by standing on your roof. That's the thing I remember most

Amber Seanez
Community Member
2 months ago

I completely forgot about this!

Racheal Birdsong-Bradley
Community Member
2 months ago

... the worst part, it was on a land line!

Rachel Skokowski
Community Member
2 months ago

Hell yeah

Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm too old to remember that.

Amy Vanlandingham
Community Member
2 months ago

The best part, is that until last year, there was still a code for that cell phone plan at AT&T. It was just never taken off the list. Now that they switched portals its gone, but it was great explaining to new employees what those options were.

GadgetGirl
Community Member
2 months ago

Who remembers the minutes cards you got at the store?

Katinka Min
Community Member
2 months ago

I do NOT miss that time. God, the call prices wer just SO expensive!

athornedrose
Community Member
2 months ago

yes! i can call after 9 or on ~weekends~!

RCK
Community Member
2 months ago

Minutes.

Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
2 months ago

A lot of my family lived on the other side of the country. You had to call the operator to get connected long distance. No direct dial. On Xmas the operators were so busy you had to keep checking for when one was available. Then, because it was so "expensive " the amount of time on the call was limited so you had to fit everyone onto the call really fast.

Julie Harden
Community Member
2 months ago

It was 7pm in my area. Lol

MizAdeleM
Community Member
2 months ago

So true!

Brandy Grote
Community Member
2 months ago

"SEVEN!!!!"

El muerto
Community Member
2 months ago

late night. calling anybody leaving the club. "hej, I'ma bou to run out of minuts, call me ba..." no more minutes and no call back. there you where misserable and horny waiting for the buss or what ever...now I have a plan a bill and an internetet connection. yet still horny, misserable and to poor for an uber

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#36

Pink Floyd::pride

Pink Floyd::pride

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Michelle M
Community Member
2 months ago

Reminds me of the Newton's gay meme.

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#37

This Cut Me Deep

This Cut Me Deep

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Yesterday i was watching the next top model of my country! And i kid you not but the models(18-19 years old) didn't know Sharon stone, Michelle Pfeiffer and CHER!!!!! How can you not know Cher????

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#38

Never Failed

Never Failed

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
2 months ago

I use to have a fake 8 track player to fool my car into playing cassettes. In 1992.

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#39

That's Relatable

That's Relatable

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Steph
Community Member
2 months ago

Honestly: I did see this picture in a different BP post and: yes, I was absolutely thrilled and thought I need to get this for my little recreation cabin in the mountains!

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#40

Internet Is For The 1 Percenters

Internet Is For The 1 Percenters

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
2 months ago

You mean 20 seconds. It took that long to respond to an accidental press of the internet button and wouldnt respond to the desperate attempts to SHUT IT OFF

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