25 Things ’80s Kids Could Do That Today’s Kids Can’t

Did you know there are a many things ’80s kids could do that today’s kids can’t? The world has changed a lot since three decades ago. Technology and culture has radically altered the way we do things. What once was pretty normal is now either old fashioned, taboo, out-dated, or weird. While kids today have access to way more information and entertainment than we did, we ’80s kids had way more freedom to roam around the neighborhood unsupervised. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. From sugary cereals to access to computers, so many things were far and away different. For us ’80s kids, it was a beautiful time. For kids today, it probably will look like a foreign universe. Get ready to travel back in time, here are 25 things ’80s kids could do that today’s kids can’t.


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Ride in the very back of the vehicle

station wagon

Let’s just start off by saying that car safety standards were a little different in the ’80s than today. This is back when station wagons were still a thing and car seats weren’t mandatory. When guests were in town, it was completely normal to give all the adults a seat in the car while we kids went in the very back. And I mean, very back. No seat. Just hanging out untethered, bouncing and bumping around, hoping dad wasn’t going to get in an accident.


Share a seat, and a seat belt, in the car

seat belt

Speaking of car safety standards, when adults found themselves in a situation where they wanted kids to use a seat belt and there was only 1 spot, guess what? Two or three kids in one spot with one seat belt, no problem!


Get tangled up in the phone cord

phone cord

I realize some of you might not even know what a phone cord is, but there was a time not so long ago that phones were connected to a base by a cord. These cords were often stretchy, coiled, and really fun to wrap yourself up in while you were talking to a friend.


Eavesdrop on someone's phone call

woman talking on phone

While phone cords were fun, what wasn’t fun was someone listening in on your conversation. On the plus side, if you were sneaky enough, you could totally pick up another phone and listen in on your sister’s conversation with her boyfriend. Welcome to a world before the internet, folks.


Play outside in the front yard without super strict adult supervision

kids playing outside

Gone are the days when mom would let kids out to play in the front yard and only occasionally peak out the window to make sure everything was okay. Now, even if it were a safe place, parents would likely be judged by neighbors and maybe even have the cops called.

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