10 Things Gen Z Will Never Know the Struggle Of

I had a lot of fun writing today’s post because it’s a bit of a walk down memory lane (OH HEY 90s!) and also pretty comical thinking about how different things are for kids today vs. when I was growing up. Basically all of the things Gen Z will never know the struggle of! If you’re not familiar with Gen Z, they’re the young’ens of today (born between 1995 and 2014).

My sisters are actually Gen Z-ers and this post was inspired by me talking about things from “when IIIIIIIIIII was a kid” (when did I get so old?!) and them being totally blown away by the fact that all of the things they have today not existing years ago. I’m talking iPhones, Netflix, basically everything!

10 things gen z will never know the struggle of

  1. Having to wait to bring your disposable camera into the store to get your photos developed.
  2. Going to Blockbuster to rent movies or TV shows to watch one at a time.
  3. Life without a cell phone.
  4. Having to record things on a cassette tape or VHS to be able to access them again. And then waiting for them to rewind to play again.
  5. Calling your crush (or vice versa) and having their/your parents pick up on the landline.
  6. Having to choose between using the computer or the phone – forget about using them at the same time (#dialup)!
  7. Finding out what’s on TV from the physical TV guide magazine or watching the scrolling channel with the list of programming on every channel.
  8. Coming up with clever/cheesy status’ for your AIM away messages.
  9. Passing notes in class to tell someone something.
  10. Crazy fees for long distance calls (out of city/state) or going over on text messages/cell phone talk minutes.

The list of things could seriously go on forever! I don’t even want to think about how crazy it’ll be for generations to follow!

What else would you add to the list?



  1. Jordyn Upchurch
    November 6, 2017 / 4:55 PM

    So much yes to this! I’m a teacher who teaches 7th graders and they don’t think I’m all that old until I start talking about things like not having any internet when I was young and then dialup in high school. Using a floppy disk is another one, they had never even heard of it!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  2. Erin Ortiz
    November 6, 2017 / 5:33 PM

    Keeping your Tamagotchi alive was harder than keeping a real baby alive.

  3. Sydney Power
    November 6, 2017 / 9:44 PM

    Loved reading this – a great post! Each generation has their list don’t they.

  4. November 6, 2017 / 11:46 PM

    Hehe these are all so true. i remember my parents getting so irritated because I was on the phone with my friends CONSTANTLY and we didn’t have call waiting!

  5. Miss ALK
    November 7, 2017 / 9:57 AM

    Oh my gosh this post is such a fun TBT! One of my biggest struggles growing up was I had a bunch of portable walkman CD players and I kept dropping them and breaking them- lol!

    xoxo A

  6. November 7, 2017 / 10:55 AM

    The phone one is such a big deal! Also I remember my first sandisk MP3 player that had a lot of Jesse McCartney on it! LOL These are so cute!

  7. November 7, 2017 / 11:11 AM

    Yes to all of these! I hated when my siblings wanted to use the computer if I was waiting on a call from someone. Oh the struggle. I was also so impatient when using to get pictures developed because I was constantly taking pictures. I still have so many of them. I loved when Polaroids became a thing.

  8. November 7, 2017 / 12:30 PM

    I’m a tail-end millennial and this was such a throwback! I remember stressing out over those AIM messages. And my friends would frequently visit Blockbuster to rent movies and get snacks, sometimes I still miss it – it was such an experience haha!

  9. Rachel Ritlop
    November 7, 2017 / 1:56 PM

    So totally accurate! Blockbuster was such a luxury, I used to obsess over watching new movies every other day! Funny story about long distance fees, my friends and I once thought we were calling Hanson. Therefore we ran up the phone bill so high and go into a ton of trouble lol!

  10. November 7, 2017 / 7:15 PM

    Yes for all of these! I miss renting movies at Blockbuster haha.

  11. Nichole
    November 7, 2017 / 8:35 PM

    These are great! Haha. Especially dial up, I couldn’t imagine still having to use it. I also remember my parents taking us to blockbuster and I remember when they closed down. Like a part of my childhood gone. Great reminders.

  12. Paige Rankin
    November 7, 2017 / 9:42 PM

    These are so great. I am in the mix on some of these. I don’t remember life without a cell phone (I got mine super early!) but I remember how much texting use to cost and passing notes!

    xoxo, Paige

  13. November 8, 2017 / 12:46 AM

    OMG I miss Blockbuster so much! It’s so crazy that they don’t exist anymore.

  14. McKennableu
    November 8, 2017 / 8:35 AM

    These are all so true! I had my own landline in HS because I was on the phone too much. Also waited very eagerly to get my film developed at the drug store lol

  15. November 8, 2017 / 12:05 PM

    OMG YES. Life without Instagram or social media in general… Crazy how things have changed!

  16. November 8, 2017 / 1:16 PM

    So funny! Its amazing how technology changes our lives so much.

  17. Daynna Hartjes
    November 8, 2017 / 4:38 PM

    Ugh, yes! These gave me so much nostalgia just reading that list haha. The dial up internet may have been the worst!

  18. November 8, 2017 / 8:42 PM

    Oh my gosh, so much nostalgia! It was always an argument whether I could go on the computer or if I had to wait so the phone line was free…oh the struggles!

  19. November 8, 2017 / 8:49 PM

    Oh my gosh I love this! We were always super cool because we had 2 lines (for my Dad), but it meant I never had to choose between the internet or the phone. I remember one time though I switched something around with the phone number the internet was hooked up to and it resulted in a $500 phone bill, which my parents were not happy with!

    The Blush Blonde

  20. November 8, 2017 / 11:24 PM

    The background for this is PERFECT! The worst was when you would get a tape from blockbuster and the person before you didn’t rewind it!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  21. Adriana
    November 9, 2017 / 11:21 AM

    Haha these are so great! It’s always crazy to think about how different generations see things!

  22. November 9, 2017 / 4:28 PM

    Haha too real. The other day my 10 year old cousin picked up an old floppy disc and said, “wow so cool, they 3D printed the ‘Save’ icon from Word documents!” Made me feel so old.

  23. Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew
    November 10, 2017 / 12:04 AM

    LOVED THIS POST! I remember the days when I had to wait till 9PM to call my friend who had sprint because I had AT&T, but I would usually just call her on my house phone at 7PM since their time frame was earlier. I don’t miss that nonsense!

  24. November 10, 2017 / 3:10 PM

    hahaha, these are all so true! I wasn’t ever a fan of the phone, but dial up internet is something I do notttt miss. I do miss the days of AIM though!!

  25. Sami Mast
    November 15, 2017 / 1:49 AM

    OMG seriously such a throwback to the old days! I have so many good memories of passing notes in class, such much cooler than texting, haha!

    The Classic Brunette

  26. Allison Ellzey
    November 17, 2017 / 8:29 AM

    OMG yes! these are all true and funny and sad all at the same time lol