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The Exact Moments People Realized That They're Getting Old AF

Even though we still feel like kids on the inside, we're very much adults on the outside. We might be known as the coolest kids on the block among our friends, but the younger generation sees us as ancient and irrelevant. That's your tough-to-swallow pill of the day. Sorry to break it to you. A Redditor started a thread about the very moment people realized they were getting old. At least they're coming to terms with the harsh truth, right? Let us know if you relate to any of the moments below. 

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    Font - Posted by u/MangoSouthern 23 hours ago What was the first time an interaction with someone younger than you made you think, "damn, I'm getting old"?
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    We may be getting old, but the key is acceptance. We're aging like smoothly like fine wine, after all. 


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    Rectangle - Treefrogprince · 23h Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow I work at a start up biotech company. We sometimes joke about acting like a family. They've started calling me 'Uncle' at work.
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    At least you sound like a cool uncle, not a regular uncle. 


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    Human body - TheMockingBrd · 23h I was called sir by a high schooler when I was in college, as a student.
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    Font - YO_I_SHOT_TUPAC · 23h Male They had no idea what Dance Dance Revolution was.
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    Font - rudebish · 23h young intern at work had no idea what a 3.5" floppy was when we found some as we were looking for some equipment...he was like "this is a weird looking coaster". WTE
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    Font - UghWhyDude · 15h Beanie My niece asked me what the save icon was supposed to be and I had to explain what a floppy disk was. That just left to more questions - 'So you couldnt store even one mp3 on it? What did you do for music?' Was not a fun conversation - she was thoroughly exasperated and I feel like someone from thr Victorian era.
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    Font - TastyDeerMeat · 23h I spent two decades playing in bar bands on the weekends. I went to a bar (pre-covid) and was annoyed at how loud the band was playing, I got a beer spilled on me, another drunk kept trying to tell me a racist joke but could barely talk and was super pissed I had no desire to hear it. I left after an hour. That's the day I realized youth passed me by
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    Mammal - wufoo2 · 18h On the matter of loud, wait until a doctor younger than you sits you down and explains that you have "permanent hearing loss." Then you will feel old. Today I wear earplugs to concerts and shows. Even sporting events are too damn loud for comfort.
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    Via u/wufoo2

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    Human body - smackaroni-n-cheese · 23h When a kid said Green Day was classic rock. In his defense, the local classic rock radio station has started playing Green Day (and Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers), but to me, that just confirms that I'm old.

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    Human body - Current_Poster · 23h I don't recall the first one, but trying to explain to a 20something coworker how we handled our social lives before cellphones were a thing was a big one.
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    Font - Mahhrat · 23h Last night I went to a nightclub thats been run monthly-ish by my friends for 21 years. I've gone to many of those club nights, right from about the third one ever. As I was dancing to some tunes, I realised the couple dancing next to me hadn't been born yet when I had danced to that same song.
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    Via u/Mahhrat

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    Human body - scorpiohank91 · 22h As a Brit, a colleague of mine said she wasn't alive for Princess Diana's death. Could feel the grey hairs appear when she said it.
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    Font - Moonchildbeast · 23h I was 26 and working at a mini mart. One of guys told me he could burn a CD of my favorite songs, which I thought was amazing! This was 2000. I told him to put on a song by Faith No More and he'd never heard of them. Anybody in my age group would know who they are even if they weren't a fan. That was shocking to me.
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    Human body - StillMeasurement3 · 22h I was talking about Y2K to a bunch of younger co-workers and they asked me if I was describing the plot of a movie. I'm 35...
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    Human body - GandalfThePotato · 22h A little while back my friend's kid asked me what a VCR is.
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Abby is a wandering soul who is incapable of staying in one place for too long. Her passions include travel, dance, karaoke, meditation, and cheesy fries. When she's not clacking away at her laptop and talking shit on the internet, you can find her tearing up the dance floor on a night out on the town.