Some great “When I was your age” statements

Quora asks the question: What are some great ,“When I was you age” questions.  Here are some of the answers: 

  • “When I was your age, I would go to the pub to find a girlfriend, now I open an app.”
  • “When I was your age, my phone battery would last over a day.”
  • “When I was your age, I would go to a shop, hunt up and down the aisles, queue for ages, wait for assistance when the barcode cannot be found, use bits of metal and paper to pay for my goods and carry them home. Now I go to a website, click a button and wait for someone to deliver.

  • “When I was your age, cigarettes didn’t need batteries.”

  • “When I was your age, I’d carry round one book at a time.”

  • “When I was your age, Santa didn’t need a background check.”

  • “When I was your age, AIDS was one of the biggest viral killers in the world. 3 decades and 35 million infections later, it looks like HIV may be evolving into being less deadly and less infectious” – HIV evolving ‘into milder form.’

  • “When I was your age, I’d have to wait to hear my favorite song on the radio. Now I click a button.”

  • “When I was your age, I’d need to take my turntables, vinyl, needles, cables, adapters, cleaning cloths and spares of everything. Now I need a tablet and a pair of headphones.”

  • “When I was your age, everyone thought we’d be living in space by now.”

  • “When I was your age, the technology in films was a fantasy, now it’s reality.”

Do you have any to add?


15 thoughts on “Some great “When I was your age” statements”

  1. When I was your age we had to call the actual hotel, long distance, to book a room, and the price was the price, no questions asked. Now you can see which website has the lowest rate and do it all on line.

  2. When I was your age I had to go to the video store if I wanted to watch a specific movie, and hope they had it in. Now you can stream it to almost any device.

  3. All of what was said about turntables, needles and vinyl is true, HOWEVER, most younger folks have no clue about the true loss-less fidelity of a high-end stereo system with a turntable and and an album. I’ve never heard an iAnything sound as good as my friends late 70’s era stereo with the turntable and 100lb JBL speakers. MP3’s really are low-quality sound files but people trade that off to store a lot of them in a mobile device.

  4. when I was your age, I didn’t think twice walking anywhere. Now people get taxis even if its just down the road

    • …or to change to one of the other 2 or 3 channels we had.

      … and sometimes we had to use a pair of pliers to twist the channel knob because the original knob broke off.

  5. When I was your age, everyday I had to walk all the way to the mailbox at the end of the driveway to get my copy of Bits & Pieces and later walk all the way back to the mailbox to send in my comments. And Naughty Bits came wrapped in plain brown paper.

  6. When I was your age, making a phone call to someone in another city was expensive, and the farther away the city, the more it cost. A three-minute LD call was a flat rate, then every additional minute cost more. And the rates were lowered late in the evenings and on Sunday mornings. When we’d make a long distance call, the person at both ends knew to try to keep the conversation under 3 minutes, so there was a lot of fast talking. Sunday mornings was when we’d call out-of-state relatives, mostly only for birthdays or special occasions.

    The first time I went off on a trip across the US on my own, the agreement I had with my folks was that at least three times a week, I was to find a pay phone in the evening, call home, let it ring twice, and hang up. At home, no one was allowed to pick up the phone till the 3rd ring. If they got the 2 rings and then it stopped, it was the signal that I was ok, and it wouldn’t cost anything.

  7. When I was your age, I could read and write in cursive (Palmer Style).
    When I was your age, Bicycles in the front yard meant your friends were over.
    When I was your age, the Wednesday paper was for Mom (shopping Ads) and the rest were for Dad.

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