With 2019 bringing the big “40” for me, it makes me realise just how many decades I’ve lived through. While I might not have seen much of the 70’s, being born in 1979, I can at least say I’ve seen all the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and the current decade so far. I catch myself saying to the kids, “when I was younger”, even though I swore I would never be one of those people, but it always does amaze me, just how much life has changed over those years.
When I was their age (10 or 13), we didn’t have the internet for socialising and doing our homework. Long gone are the days of heading to the Library and sitting with the reference books (that couldn’t be checked out) and doing your homework there and then, or photocopying a page or two for 10p. What happened to Blockbusters and renting videos, in the days before online purchases and streaming services like Netflix. I remember getting my first mobile phone at age 18 and it was such a big deal, but nowadays kids have phones before they’re even 10. I remember the change from having a “boombox”, to having a walkman, to a personal CD player and then an iPod. In less than 40 years, life has changed so much that it sometimes hard to believe just how it used to be when I was younger.
So when this “The Generation Game: When was it most expensive?” quiz came across my path, I just had to give it a go. Compiled by Age UK Mobility, this quiz is a fun little test for you to guess when exactly things were more expensive – ranging from the 60’s right up till now. Try and guess when a Big Mac was most costly, or when a mobile phone would have cost the most. There are 10 to get and I have to admit I got a dreadful 2 when I did it. I’ll give you a little hint about one of them though, the cost of a train ticket probably surprised me the most!
No matter how long you’ve lived for, I suppose you will always think about how things once were compared to how they are now. I can’t wait to look back in another 40 years time, perhaps even at this post and reminise about how different things are again.