31 Things You Do Today That Would've Seemed Totally Absurd Half A Century Back

3

It all started when this thread appeared on Reddit asking people, ‘What things do we do today that people 50 or 60 years ago would think is absolutely ridiculous?’

Come to think of it, this discussion was long overdue considering ever single day today is different from the next: leaders making juvenile statements, refugee crises around the world, dying species, global warming, the impending doom of AI, electric cars on the cusp of becoming a reality soon. We’re at a moment in history where we’re suffering the most yet there is no war to blame it on.

This discussion is an interesting look back at a time cigarettes didn’t need recharging, just looking at your phone wouldn’t unlock it, and any talk of living on Mars was the stuff of science fiction.

 

Here are some things we would’ve found totally absurd half a century back:

1. “Why are those people smoking outside the restaurant?”

VictorBlimpmuscle

2. Refrain from manned space exploration. Fifty years ago mankind was two years away from walking on the moon. They’d be appalled to realize that we just stopped after getting there.

TGMcGonigle

3. Call someone’s phone to ask them where they are.

Blooder91

Unsplash/Warren Wong

 

  1. Charging your cigarette.

emembee

5. Schedule every moment of a child’s life.

Annie_Benlen

6. Describe every single detail of our lives, publicly, on a computer that fits in our pocket. Crazy times, man.

jimbobeard

unsplash/Tuce

7. I’ve not seen it mentioned yet, so I’ll share on behalf of my 92 year old grandmother. She is horrified at ‘distressed’ (i.e. pre-ripped) clothing.

nurseclank

  1. Telecommuting jobs – having a “virtual office” in your home.

Back2Bach

9. Drive to places less than half a mile away.

SultanofShit

10. Being able to record tv shows, watch movies from home (renting them through you telecom provider) skip ads, pause live tv, would be insane. It’s something that we think as normal today but would be a crazy luxury back then.

Smilem0n

Tenor

11. I can get a plane ticket, read the news, and order food in 10 minutes through a small device while sitting on the toilet.

NightlySynapse

  1. A text saying “Hey dude I’m outside” is my doorbell

FTorrez81

13. Helicopter parents just didn’t exist yet.

Anonymous

  1. Fear that our TV is watching us.

SlyPhi

15. Interracial and gay marriage tbh

TheManWhoWasNotShort

16. Going on dates with people we find with our phone.

satancum

Digital Trends

17. That a multi billion dollar bottled water industry exists. Kids used to drink from garden hoses.

Assclown_wrangler

18. Sweaters on dogs.

Webgardener

  1. Taking pictures of food would probably be seen as a giant waste of film

Nerf190

20. Cuss all the time, in public, every other word, and in front of children and our elders.

That would have been scandalous.

That, or profess to be openly atheist. That too would have been a big no-no.

llcucf80

21. Grown adults who are really into “kid” stuff like Star Wars or anime.

Not saying it’s wrong or right, but 60 years ago you would get your ass handed to you on a social level if you started talking about spending your paycheck on an adult onesie with cartoon characters.

effieokay

  1. Renting your whole life because you can’t afford to buy a house.

godforbid666

Unsplash/Redd Angelo

23. Living together before marriage

particularshadeofblu

24. Dick pics.

Stanwich79

25. Work a senior role, have no children without being barren, and curse – I am lady.

theterrorthatflaps

  1. Memes

grimskull1

27. Watch movies on our phones.

laterdude

28. Take out loans to go to college.

yes_its_him

  1. HOW. OFTEN. WE. TAKE. PICTURES.

SwagYoloThiccChilFam

30. Not dressing up to go anywhere, I work in an office and usually show up in jeans and a t-shirt. Unthinkable 50 years ago, you would be in a full three piece suit or fired on the spot.

zerbey

  1. Sexting and the prevalence of porn.

mel_cache

 

Source link

Add comment

%d bloggers like this: