Click Yes or No and We'll Guess What Decade You Were Born In

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By: Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

Did your childhood's favorite TV show feature characters saying made-up words?

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Were bellbottoms cool when you were a little kid?

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Did you have to leave your home to get your music when you were a teenager?

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Did your household have cable TV when you were little?

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Was the Presidency viewed with extreme suspicion when you were growing up?

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Did you go online for the first time on a computer at an institution like a college or library?

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Was "The Phantom Menace" the best "Star Wars" film?

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Do you voluntarily listen to The Beatles?

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Have you seen the nation recover from more than one major recession?

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Are you or will you be saddled with student loans you will never be able to repay?

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Have you ever handled any of the following currencies: French Franc, Dutch Gilder, German Mark, Italian Lire?

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Have you ever made a mix tape?

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Do you use any of the ephemeral messaging services around today?

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When sending texts messages, do you spell "you" as "u"?

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Do you say "on accident" instead of "by accident"?

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Do you ever say "no worries" even though you aren't Australian?

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Do you remember a time when Bruce Willis had hair?

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Did you come of age during a war?

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Did you live at home past the age of 24?

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Did you ever have to stop talking on the phone to get on the Internet?

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Have you ever seen a music video on MTV?

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Did you ever use the early peer-to-peer music-sharing services?

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Do you own any DVDs?

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Do you remember seeing Swiss army knives for sale in airports?

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Do the words "Liquid Television" mean anything to you?

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Were Halloween costumes any good when you were little?

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Do you own any CDs?

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Was rock 'n' roll the dominant form of pop music in your adolescence?

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Was hip-hop using sampling almost exclusively when you were a teenager?

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Do you lament how much of your life you wasted rewinding videotapes before returning them?

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About This Quiz

For most of human history, people were more or less the same, decade after decade. Time moved slowly, and what we now think of as cultural traditions came into being, largely because when things don't evolve quickly, what you do is what your great grandparents did. Then came the printing press, and everything began to move faster. Knowledge and ideas could spread quickly, and if someone had a thought and access to a press, they could communicate that idea nearly anywhere in the world, in any language.

Following on the heels of the printing press: The Enlightenment, The Industrial Revolution, the World Wars. Then came radio and television. Radio and TV were different in that they were more supportive of a mono-culture wherein everyone knows the same stories (watching the same TV shows, etc.). Still, as of the 1990s, the Internet (more specifically the World Wide Web) came along and made information travel even faster. Now, the specific year one is born will likely determine much of one's outlook even more than the decade. The partitioning of media means people can go deep into a subculture while being deaf to everything else that happens in the broader culture. Thus, since TV and radio, the Web and now the smartphone, the decade of one's birth marks one out. Take this quiz, and we'll guess which decade was the one in which you were born!

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