Living like it’s 1986

Blair McMillan wanted to go outside to kick a ball to his five-year-old son, but Trey didn’t want to leave dad’s iPad. Blair and girlfriend Morgan banned all post-1986 technology from their home for a year, reports the Toronto Sun. Both parents were born in 1986.

No computers, no tablets, no smart phones, no fancy coffee machines, no Internet, no cable, and – from the point of view of many tech-dependent folks – no life.

“We’re parenting our kids the same way we were parented for a year just to see what it’s like,” Blair said.

Trey and his 2-year-old brother play Super Mario on an old-school Nintendo in the basement.

Blair went through cellphone withdrawal. “I could almost feel my pocket vibrating.”

Morgan uses a computer at work. At home, she reads books. “We’re just closer, there’s more talking,” she said.

On the down side, Blair and the boys all have mullets.

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  1. Dopes. WE had a computer in 1986. We had cell phones, too. AND we had a fancy cappuccino machine. AND guess what. The internet was not the same, but we had something called bulletin boards that were just as snarky!

    So… I’m not getting the point.

    • I assume they’re planning to write a book about it…otherwise, it makes no sense.

      I mean, you don;t need to dump all technology to pry your kid away from the screen. There are such things as TIMERS, and LIMITS, and RULES. (We have a technological wonderland of a house, and the kids still only get 15-40 minutes of recreational computer time a day (varies by age and responsibility!)

  2. Handwritten resume? I seem to recall we had typewriters in 1986.

  3. So, they have an original NES in the basement. Does that mean that they aren’t allowed to play any NES games released after 1986? Over 700 cartridges were released for the NES between 1985 and 1993…