I consider myself lucky to be born in the 80s. In school, we still had chalkboards and overhead projectors, and only one computer lab in the Catholic school attended until the 4th grade. That was a city school and part of a well funded parochial system. I remember playing some crazy math games, typing games, and of course, Oregon Trail. In fact the computers were brand new to us and weren't part of a class. We had to stay after school and sign up for a special program. It was filled with kids like me who were eager to learn. (Though I never did learn proper typing technique)
When we moved to the suburbs my grade school didn't have a computer at all. And in fact I didn't use a computer to do research in school until my junior or senior year in high school. And then again there was was computer lab in the library. We of course wasted time looking up the hamster dance.
My friend Lee was the only one that had a cell phone, and most of my friends had pagers. We're talking 98, 99 here. The only reason he had one was for emergencies and it was one of the old motorola flip phones and little antenna.
As a kid I'd never imagine that I could do everything from my phone. Order food, watch crap on the internet, look up dates on Match, or research any dumb fact I could think of from one little device that works anywhere... absolutely insane.
And now it's feasible I could have a robot delivering a shipment of tea ...
It's even more amazing talking to my dad about this stuff. As a kid he'd read Dick Tracy and his little watch had a screen on it that'd do pretty much everything. And I'd watch Star Trek:TNG and their tablets and tricorders did everything...
It's just crazy to think about.
I had pretty much the same experience, but we had computers throughout school and had dedicated classes, which when I now think about it, is a pretty big deal considering it was c. 1991/1992.
If you think about it, there are kids who are born now, and more or less functional where they haven't lived in a world where there aren't smartphones.
I can only imagine what it must be like for my dad....
A lot of the stuff we have now is just mind-blowing, and to think how far technology has come in the last 10 years, it makes you stop and wonder where it will go even in the next 5.
Having spent a brief amount of time as a teacher, and still not yet 30, I'm amazed at some of the skills we learned as children are just not taught today, and this gap only gets larger over time.