Just the other day, a group of us sat down with our kids and explained for the hundreth time that we can not and do not control what gets played on live TV or on the radio. None of us are delusional enough to believe that was the last time we will have to explain it. Younger people just don’t seem to grasp the idea of programming that they are not in total control of. Everything for them has always been an on-demand, instant gratification kind of thing. The closest they’ve come to anything else has been waiting for a new episode of Steven Universe or Halloween Wars to come out – and when that’s happened they just decide not to start watching until they can binge watch it all. You should have seen their faces when we explained that even Netflix didn’t used to be Netflix. In the beginning, it was DVDs that came in the mail; so you still had to wait and what you got was just a movie or two.
They had no idea streaming media didn’t happen until almost a decade after Netflix launched. Waiting is just not a thing in their worlds. In other words, they’re so used to Netflix that they have no chill.
It’s not just the young people we know, though. If Twitter is to be believed, this is a rampant issue. It’s not just that it’s annoying, though… we “elder” viewers kind of feel like the youngsters are missing out on some of the classic experience. One woman tweeted about it, and Twitter took that ball and ran with it.
Here’s her initial Tweet:
I feel sorry for Netflix era kids. They will never know the high stakes adrenaline of running to the bathroom/fridge/bedroom in a single ad break, with the beckoning call of a sibling screaming “It’s ONNNNNN” to send you hurdling over furniture to get back in time.
— Felicity (@FlossAus) October 14, 2018
And the nostalgia train left the station full speed.
Netflix era kids will also never understand the frustration of going to a video store & seeing 10x copies of a new release with little yellow “I’m hired out! Reserve me now!” cards slipped in the cover. The stress of not returning a video on time & getting a fine WAS REAL too!
— CAPITAL ROCK RADIO (@caprockradio) October 15, 2018
Or looking forward to TGIF and Saturday morning cartoons all week
— dairy queen (@theduckie908) October 15, 2018
Wife and I were talking about this, & = I commented on how we can now do more with a device that can fit in a pocket (watch TV or a movie, shop, write a letter, chat with text, or even CALL someone), than Capt. Kirk could do w/his communicator.
“I. Can't. Sign. On. To. Hulu!” pic.twitter.com/dTv1d5I92T
— WindaWester, Space Force Veteran (@WindaWester) October 16, 2018
Running back to the couch like pic.twitter.com/HnCqcJLZ55
— Next Level Pack (@NextLvLPack) October 16, 2018
Or on the flip side, taking the remote with you so they can’t change it over while you’re away
— Fraser Knight (@Fraser_Knight) October 15, 2018
And not being able to binge watch a show unless there was a ‘marathon’ playing (Twilight Zone and the Monkees were two examples of 80’s binge watching)
— Stacynn (@StacyNagatani1) October 15, 2018
Commercial breaks were productive times back in the day.
Or timing it right so your Hot Pocket would be done by the end of the commercial break lol
— Mackenzie Bart (@mbartwx) October 15, 2018
I called that “Commercial Cleaning” at my house.
— Carolynn Schwartz (@SoulMamaSays) October 16, 2018
Haha it was an art form once I got the timing down haha
— Callam Mcloughlin (@callam_design) October 15, 2018
I used to take “commercial break” showers just so I wouldn't miss a minute of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom… Marlin Perkins was pretty cool but Jim… I wanted to be Jim.
— Chris Hostetler (@chostetler1967) October 16, 2018
Not everybody gets it, though… and that’s okay.
Why does anyone have nostalgia for this? Am I allowed to ask?
— Icystorm 9 and 63 others (@Icystorm9) October 15, 2018
actually ad breaks were my death and i hate them so …. don’t feel bad for them they have it lucky
— mo (@unfazedmo) October 15, 2018
Why anyone would ever be nostalgic of all that mess is beyond me.
— ian (@yannsolle) October 15, 2018
R.I.P to all the things we broke trying to get back.
— Russell Richardson (@Hellotardis) October 15, 2018
@memoriesofmissy I’ve almost broke several bones and definitely broke several cups to get back in time ahaha
— #ENDVIOLENCE (@MintySalty) October 16, 2018
I literally broke my toe in 2002 when my husband yelled “IT'S ONNNNNN” about Buffy The Vampire Slayer and I went running from the bedroom of our apartment to the living room and accidentally kicked the couch. #buffythevampireslayer
— Stephanie Walker (@Littof) October 15, 2018
Do you miss this stuff or are you thrilled to have the Netflix era upon us. Let us know!