“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

A certain fella by the name of Ferris Bueller said that and boy, was he right!

And it’s hard for us to even imagine what life was like 50 years ago with all the advancements that have been made in society.

AskReddit users talked about what’s normal now but wasn’t 50 years ago.

Let’s see what they had to say.

1. They’ll be back later.

“Knowing where your kids are 100% of the time.

“Out playing” used to be knowing where your kids are.”

2. No big deal.

“Car seats for children.

And most of the time we sat in the back seat with no seat belts available.”

3. A lot of fun!

“People riding in the back of a pick-up truck.

You used to see this all the time.

Not so much anymore.”

4. You had to be there.

“Watching an entire TV series at a time that’s convenient for you.

VCRs weren’t even a thing 50 years ago, so if your favorite show was on Wednesday at 8PM, you were either at home to watch it or you missed out on it forever.”

5. Had to wait for it.

“Listening to the song you want to where you want to, rather than whatever is playing wherever you are.”

6. Not too smart.

“Wearing sunscreen.

Some of us would cover ourselves with lotion that intensified the tanning!”

7. What’s your brand?

“Carding for ci**rettes.

Machines were everywhere for anyone to use.”

8. Let me fit you in.

“Playdates. Parents didn’t arrange get-togethers for their kids.

They also didn’t go with them when the kids played at someone else’s house. Kids played with their siblings and the neighbor kids until they went to school and made other friends.

Then they’d call their friends, arrange to get together, and ask a parent for a ride over if it was too far to walk or bike.”

9. Crazy.

“D**nk driving was pretty much overlooked especially if you were in a small town.

A cop followed my dad home when he was wasted one night in the seventies.”

10. Wow!

“Women having credit cards in the US without needing a man to cosign.

Didn’t happen till 1974.”

11. Definitely.


Growing up I was led to believe that having tattoos would limit employment opportunities.

Now tattoos are so common, I don’t think anyone cares.”

12. You know it!

“A line of cars picking up kids at school.

In the 70’s you walked, road your bike, or road the bus, even the grade school kids.”

What do you think was normal 50 years ago but isn’t anymore?

Talk to us in the comments and let us know.

We can’t wait to hear from you!