The past and present satire

We hear the phrase — good old days — a lot. This is funny because a few memories of my childhood scare me to death now. For example, when a family member went for shopping she/he had to be off the grid for a few hours. When my dad traveled, we had to wait for his call to inform us that he reached the destination safe and sound. It sounds scary nowadays. Anyway, past and present always create a dilemma. In this post, we make an humble attempt to compare past and present days side by side. We will let readers decide the answer to the question — which one is good: past or present.

Declaration of becoming a single

In the old days, a friend carried the message to the friends of a friend that someone became a single. Nowadays, the Facebook relationship status does that job well. Along with regular relationship status, Facebook has — “It’s complicated”, “In a domestic partnership”, “In an open relationship” — which allow people to express their availability in a complex manner. Life was too simple in the old days.

In the old days, friends were responsible for spreading out that someone is single. Nowadays, the Facebook relationship status does that job.


In the old days, breaking up was quite difficult and needed preparations of weeks. It happened in a quiet place without any rush. The conversation started with, “We need to talk”. Breaking up has become easy nowadays. Just sending a few text messages is sufficient. It still starts with “We need to talk” but via technology. It only takes a few minutes to breakup nowadays. A several keystrokes on the phone will be sufficient. Modern days are much more efficient compared to what people had to do in the past to breakup.

Breakup of past and present times.

Baby born in old days and in present days

People usually visited parents and their newborn in the hospital. If not in the hospital, people visited when new parents brought the newborn at home. The earlier someone came to visit the more caring that person was considered. The earlier someone gives a Facebook like on the picture of the newborn the more caring that person is considered nowadays. In fact, the number of likes is what makes a newborn and its parents more important. A few days after Dear Son was born, my mother said that my niece received more Facebook likes than Dear Son. This made me a bit jealous but I accepted the failure and moved on. You cannot win every battle.

People came to the hospital when someone had a baby in the old days. Nowadays, people expect nothing more than Facebook likes.

Kids being active secretly past bedtime

In my childhood, my older siblings and I read storybooks past our bedtimes, especially during weekend nights. It was a guilty pleasure. I am pretty sure my parents knew about it because we had trouble in waking up next morning.

We used headlamps or flashlights to read books and to fool our parents by turning the main lights off. Kids of these days do not need headlamps or flashlights because they do not read storybooks past their bedtime. They play video games on their iPads and tablets, which are self-illuminating.

Kids reading or playing past their bedtimes --- old days and present times


Old hairstyles were furrier than the ones of the present days. Many styles were like bird nests, as if it was a crazy hair day in school. Modern styles are of thin layer of hair. The hair is gently attached to the skin using hair gel or oil. A few carefree narrow hair locks hanging around the face are considered fashionable.

Hairstyle of good old days and present days.

Concluding remarks: We hope you enjoyed the humor. Let us know if any other past-present humor comes to your mind. It is fun to talk about such humor.

Note: We have been asked if we use any software to draw cartoons in our blog. Sometimes we draw on papers and digitize them. Sometimes we use MS Powerpoint. Recently, we have started to use CrazyTalk Animator 3 Standard (Mac). The software has a Standard PC (Windows) version, as well as PRO Mac and PRO Windows versions.

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22 thoughts on “The past and present satire

  1. Old days mix tape: drop needle onto record player, count down in head, press Play-Record, miss start of song, rewind tape a bit, try again, accidentally record over end of last song, record that one again… three weeks later, mix tape!

    New days mix tape: copy and paste onto USB stick. Done.

    1. A very good one. We transitioned to CD, DVD, and nowadays to USB drives. Preparing a USB drive full of MP3 songs is so convenient, as you said just copy and paste. Thank you for contributing. Have a wonderful day.
  2. We didn’t even have a phone at my mom and dad’s house until after I left home.
    Imagine having to walk to a neighbor’s to make a call.
    1. Yes, phone access was limited. Houses with phones conveyed messages to their neighbors diligently at that time. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
    1. Very well said. The memories are what we cherish. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  3. There was a time when if your parents went out of town for a business trip, you had to wait for them to get back before you could talk to them. Now, we have Skype and WhatsApp video calling. No matter where you are in the world, as long as there’s data connection, you can speak to your loved ones via live chat. Its as if you never left home:)
    1. Oh yes. That is one great thing. Parents and kids are under lesser stress when one travels because they are in touch. Great point you have brought here. Thank you so much. Have a wonderful week.
  4. Haha you have a good sense of humor 😉 I’m wishing kids still read instead of playing online games. I think your cartoons show that many people are obsessed with Facebook likes and that in many ways face-to-face contact is better. Have a good rest of your day!
    1. Yes, kids still read (I believe). We are avoiding all sorts of gadgets for Dear Son, which is helping develop his reading habit. As I am writing this, Dear Son is reading A New Job For Stu. I hope his reading habit will remain even when he will grow up.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. You too have a wonderful evening.

  5. I am ancient and so perhaps I could say when it comes to material things I am in the lap of luxury but emotionally I am bankrupt (lol) I am still in shock that the second generation only meets at parties. We used to visit friends and family on a regular basis. There were sleep overs of cousins and that is history now.
    Virtual world has taken over the real world
    1. Haha … Agreed. Most kids like to mingle with other kids of their age. May be, we, the parents, treat our children in a different way than how we were treated by our parents in our childhood. Things may change if we can show our kids how great it is to mingle with friends and family on a regular basis. If we can remove the screens, may be a ten year old will no more act like a sixteen year old.

      Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.

  6. I wonder that would be ever possible. A family arrived here from the US with two of otheir teenager children. They were totally lost without the wifi connection which was not available for a while. They were literally mourning. They had no alternative available to them such as mixing and mingling with their parents’ friends and other extended family. For them it is the virtual world and hardly know what it is to be in the real world.
    1. Haha 😂 I think data plans on phones can be converted to universal. 😀 Therefore, the scene is unlikely.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a great day.

  7. Nice comparison. Based on the things you’ve listed, with the exception of the hairstyles, I have to say that the past seemed better! I do enjoy the technology and its advantages but it also made us less social. Before, you had to actually talk to people face-to-face to tell them things or give them the good/bad news. Now you just post it on the Facebook, Twitter or text them.

    One major difference that always amazes me and is a positive is the fact that nowadays we have an infinite amount of knowledge by just typing whatever we want to know into the search engine. Before, in the old days, we used to go to the libraries to find certain information… it took us days to learn the most basic things. I think that it will help us overall as a society since the newer generations are already learning at the speed of light!

    But of course, both, the past and the present have the good and the bad sides.

    1. Thank you for providing more comparisons. There is nothing bad or good about old or new styles. Styles change and later one may feel a bit different with an old styles but that does not mean that the old style was bad.

      Time had its own pace and demand. We may miss old times and adore it but we cannot do much about that. The only thing we can do is hope and work for a better future.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.

  8. Is there a happy medium between the old and the new? I’m seriously missing days where life’s not overrun with technology invading the precious little time we have. But I guess we can control these things by turning off the phones, getting away from the computer and enjoying nature . . . hmmm sounds easier than action 🙂 Love your post!
    1. I am glad that you liked this post. We will miss past regardless it was beautiful or unpleasant. As you said, we can change the present time as we wish. That is what our current focus is — making the best memories for future. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  9. Lol. This post made me laugh. You really made my day. This appropriately shows how different society was in the past as compared to today. I still remember the days when I was in high school. It was so hard to court the girls that I wanted. I had to purchase fine looking stationery paper, properly hand write something nice (or have somebody else write it for me) then give it to her personally or ask a friend to give the letter to her. Nowadays, it’s very easy to court someone because of smartphones and social media sites.

    Do I miss the old days? A little bit. I feel nostalgic whenever I look back to the past. But I have also fully embraced the present and accepted it as what it is.

    1. Nicely said. Yes, the past is always missed but it is a great idea to embrace the present. A lot changed in the past two decades. Definitely, old days make us nostalgic.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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