I grew up in the 1970s in outback Western Australia. No TV, no phones, and for a while we had no flushing toilet, no running water, and no electricity. The only phone around was a phone booth up the street. The fridge ran on kerosene. We used carbide lamps for light, just like the underground gold miners. I rode my bike three miles each way through the bush to get to school, and we had 150 kids total (which was actually a pretty big school out there). I could listen to the radio once in a while, otherwise I was outside playing. My kids today think I'm making all this up. I'm glad we have all this stuff today, but I'd like kids to respect the fact that it wasn't always like this, and they ought be grateful.