HAVING to walk to the video shop to rent a film, fiddling with your TV aerial for hours to get a better signal – and writing hand written essays until your hand hurt are among a list of things modern teens will NEVER have to experience, according to their parents.
Researchers surveyed parents who were teenagers themselves in the 80s and 90s and found being a teen today is a breeze compared to what they had to endure.
According to the study by broadbandchoices.co.uk, 62 per cent believe teen life is FAR less cringeworthy than it ever was for them, with 86 per cent claiming they experienced a host of annoyances and embarrassments their own children will never have to face.
Other nostalgic pains parents believe today’s teens are entirely unfamiliar with include recording the Sunday charts on a tape recorder and having to stop every time the DJ spoke (68 per cent), having to do PE in your knickers if you forgot your kit (46 per cent) and worrying that a parent was eavesdropping your call on a second landline (35 per cent).
Having only four TV channels emerged as the biggest gripe about being a youngster back in the day (76 per cent), with having to venture out to a video shop to rent a film (72 per cent) second on the list of complaints.
Having to take at least three rolls of film for your camera on holiday (57 per cent) emerged among the list of reasons being a teen in the 80s and 90s was harder – as did fiddling with your TV aerial to get a better signal (65 per cent), having to wait a full week for the next episode of your favourite show (61 per cent) and writing to a pen pal and having to wait weeks for a response (51 per cent).
Nearly half said being a teen now is easier than when they were young – with 58 per cent saying technology has given kids today an easier ride.
A further 55 per cent claimed they often wonder how they managed to survive their own youth without the internet or a mobile phone.
However, despite the tough lessons of yester year, 66 per cent said they would not swap places with their own children and a further 85 per cent reckon they had more freedom as a teen in the 80s and 90s.
The poll of 1,500 parents found rowing with siblings because they recorded over your VHS tape was also an inconvenience the modern teen will never have to endure – as was the cringe-worthy ordeal of calling your friend’s landline phone and having to speak to their parents first (61 per cent).
42 per cent of parents rely on their own children for technical help, according to the study, with uploading apps, helping set up new phones and finding programmes on catch up among the main things kids help their parents with around the house.
THINGS MODERN TEENS WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE
• Having only 4 TV channels (76 per cent)
• Having to go to the video shop to rent a film (72 per cent)
• Writing labels for VHS tapes so you would know what was on it (69 per cent)
• Recording the charts on a tape recorder on a Sunday night and pausing every time the DJ spoke (68 per cent)
• Missing your favourite TV programme and having to just lump it (65 per cent)
• Having to watch Top of the Pops to see what songs were in the charts (65 per cent)
• Fiddling with the aerial on the top of the telly to get a better picture (65 per cent)
• Going to music shops to buy the latest singles or albums (65 per cent)
• Having to wait a week for the next episode of your favourite show (61 per cent)
• Having to write hand written essays until your hand hurt (61 per cent)
• Calling your friend on a landline and having to speak with their parents first (61 per cent)
• Having to take at least three camera rolls on holiday with you (57 per cent)
• Looking up cinema times in the local newspaper (56 per cent)
• Using a paper map to find where you were going (55 per cent)
• Searching for a pay phone to call your best friend’s house to find out what time they left when they were late to meet you (54 per cent)
• Making ‘mix tapes’ for your friends and people you fancied (54 per cent)
• Waiting until after 7pm to make calls on the landline because it was free (51 per cent)
• Writing to a pen pal and waiting weeks for a response (51 per cent)
• Having to wait for the weather forecast on the telly to know what tomorrow’s weather would be (47 per cent)
• Having to do PE in just your underwear if you forgot your kit (46 per cent)
• Rowing with your siblings because they recorded over your VHS tape (45 per cent)
• Having to do ‘one ring’ on the landline to let your parents know you’ve arrived safely (44 per cent)
• Carrying extra batteries around in case your Walkman died (42 per cent)
• Having to dial 1471 as soon as you got in the house to find out who called (42 per cent)
• Having to get on the bus into town to buy a new item of clothing (42 per cent)
• Riding a bike all the way round to your friend’s house (42 per cent)
• Having to go to the bank (38 per cent)
• Not knowing what time your train would leave until you got to the station (36 per cent)
• Having to walk to the local take-away to pick up your order (36 per cent)
• Worrying your parents were eves dropping on your calls via a second landline (35 per cent)
• Inviting your friends around to see your printed holiday pics (34 per cent)
• Using a disc-based encyclopedia to research your homework (31 per cent)