25 Things Only People Who Grew Up In The 70s Will Understand


There are at least 15 things only people who grew up in the 70s will understand. You can try to comprehend it though.

Wide-collar shirts


Add a pair of colorful pants and a pair of large sunglasses, and you’re good to go. Hey, it was a look.

Owning a pet rock


Hey, in the 70s there wasn’t a lot of new technology. People had to make do with what was there. Even so, this is always good for a chuckle.

Listening to an 8-track


On the plus side, you didn’t need to worry about charging anything. On the downside, the 8-track tapes were bigger than a smartphone.

Inserting a cartridge into an Atari


Some people are still down for a nostalgic gaming experience. In the 70s it wasn’t much, but it was something different.

Kitchens with various colors


Stainless steel wasn’t a huge thing among many people back then. Color was the ‘in’ thing to have.

Shag carpet…’nuff said


Sitting on the floor wasn’t too bad back in the day. Of course, cleaning it was a pain in the rear.

Tigerbeat Magazine


If you were a teen or a pre-teen, you didn’t miss an issue back in those days. If you wanted entertainment news this was one of the best sources.

Charlie’s Angel’s hairdos 


Hey, don’t get judgmental. Remember, people wore Jennifer Aniston’s customary Friends ‘do for a while.

Watching SNL when it was funny


Well, watching it when it was still new and exciting is a better way to say it. When Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi weren’t legends yet.

Fawning over the Cassidy brothers


They were kind of like the Jonas brothers back in this time. And yes, for young women they were insanely attractive and popular.

The music and the dancing


Some of this has made a comeback in recent years. But some of it is probably best left where it started.

Mood rings


Some people still believe in these things. But back then, a color shift meant something, even if it was just the fact that your body temperature changed.

Your mom’s macrame obsession


If your mother didn’t festoon your home with macrame art, congratulations. Trying to find something to do with this in the decades to come was interesting.

Piling in the old station wagon


A couple of kids in the middle seat, a couple of kids in the back, and mom and dad in the front. It was one of the Vacation movies in the making.

Learning necessary skills from cartoons 


Yes, there was actual educational material placed in cartoons back in the day. Schoolhouse Rock and several other programs tended to the education of children in one way or another.

Roller Disco Parties

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Roller discos in the 1970s were the place to be and the place to be seen. Everyone rolled across the rink under shimmering disco balls to the beat of funk and soul music. These lively venues not only popularized skate dancing but also became a cultural hub for fashion and music trends of the decade.

Gas Station Lines

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During the 1970s, the world experienced a significant gas crisis, particularly in 1973 and 1979, which led to fuel shortages and long lines at gas stations, profoundly impacting the global economy and daily life.

The Watergate hearings

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The Watergate hearings were a series of televised congressional investigations in 1973 that captivated the American public, as they revealed the extent of the Nixon administration’s involvement in the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up. These hearings ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974, marking the first time a U.S. president had resigned from office.

Dangerous Playground Equipment


Remember this thing? It was all fun and games until your went underneath it. Playgrounds back then were more focused on play rather than safety.

Bowl Cuts

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No need for a barber when you had a pair of scissors and a bowl nearby. Look back on class pictures from the 70’s and even early 80’s and you’ll see most of your classmates with this basic doo.



There was no Microsoft Word available to help you with formatting. You had to know the correct margins and spacing. The keys were unforgiving and would often get stuck. However, there was something satisfying about the sound of using a typewriter. Click, click, click, ding!

Polaroid Pictures

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Instant film production and you had to shake the picture. Polaroid were great for scrapbooking, pinning to bulletin boards and sharing with friends.

Banana Seat Bikes

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Cruise in style with the high handle bars but you could also put a friend on the back of the banana seat with how big it was.

No Helmets

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Speaking of bikes, not a helmet was ever found in the 70’s. Children of the 70’s would just hop on their bike and go. Motorcyclists also threw caution to the wind and would ride without a skull cap.

Tuning In The TV


What in the World did people do without 800 cable channels and streaming services? They made due with local TV and the major networks. There was no cable company to blame if you had poor reception and if you couldn’t get channel 25 to work, you would head to the closet for a hanger and the kitchen for some aluminum foil. In the seventies, you were the equivalent of the cable repair man.


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