Family To Live For Entire Year With Only 1986 Technology

September 6, 2013


Meet Blair McMillan. Blair McMillan is a man. A man with a sick mustache and mullet and the dream to become a real life Kenny Powers torture his family for the next year by only living with technology from 1986 or earlier. Shhhhhhh -- you hear that? That's the sound of a printing machine stamping his kid's faces on milk cartons after they've run away from home.

Blair and his girlfriend Morgan, 27, are pretending it's 1986.

And they're doing it because their kids - Trey, 5, and Denton, 2 - wouldn't look up from their parents' iPhones and iPads long enough to kick a ball around the backyard.

That's why their house has banned any technology post-1986, the year the couple was born.

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.

Oh, so the kids are only 2 and 5. Well that's different, I thought they were older. I guess I should have read the source article before starting to write, but you know what -- I didn't go to college for journalism. I went to college for...actually, why did I go? "To experiment with drugs and women?" Yes! Congratulations, you just earned a bachelor's in Geekologie Writerologie.

Thanks to Marie, who wants to live a whole year with only technology from the future. NOW YOU'RE TALKING.

  • Bad Habit

    Um....I've had cable TV and home computers since 1977 [Altair 400] and was using cell phones for work in 1982 and was a member of Compuserve in 1985 [i.e., Online networking].

    I don't see them eliminating very much except using GPS.

  • Karnie

    And what the hell is a 5 year old and a 2 year old going to learn from this little experiment? Sounds like an attention-grab to me.

  • "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."

    Somewhere, the Amish community felt like laughing out loud in unison...

  • dingusthemonique

    My father and I had a computer in 1986, a

    Commodore 64. It wasn't his first computer either.

  • Closet Nerd

    How is he gonna keep that sweet haircut?!
    The Flowbee wasn't invented until 1988!!!!

  • Guest

    So, they're pretty much living like it's the analog age.

  • Turbosloth

    For authenticity's sake- those family vacations in 1986, have fun explaining to the officer why nobody, including the kids are wearing seat belts. And wtf I got 7-years on these kids and they look old as fuck.

  • Guest

    Remember, on those family trips in 1987 kids never wore seat belts. And yeah, I'm older, these kids look old as fuck!

  • Matthew Anderson

    I did that once!

  • Chris Powers

    First of all I'd tell the dumbasses a few things. Computers DID exist before 1986. I had a Commodore in the early 1980s and before that were Apple, Tandy, IBM and so forth. Secondly the "Internet" did exist back then, not the "world wide web" but people were connecting to others via Prodigy, AOL, CompuServe and even before that we had BBS's and telnet and so forth. As for cell phones, they were actually around for well over 40+ years and were hella expensive.

  • UnderAKillingMoon

    Yeah okay and im sure there gonna go out and buy a commodore to make the experiance truely work. Your missing the point hes trying to prove you dont need all that to be happy. And hes right sometimes i really miss the days when everyone wasent so connected.

  • Grammar Nazi

    Yeah back then we didn't know our fellow man couldn't spell wasn't, i'm, experience, you're, he's, don't, and I. People didn't seem so stupid back then

  • BeefSupreme


  • UnderAKillingMoon

    Go to church

  • Steve 606

    Lol, can't believe so many people like me commented on this article just to say, I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY'RE BOTH 27! I'm 27, and I look waaaaaaay younger than both of these wasters.

  • RagnarRoeck

    I've got my Amiga 1000 in 1986...

  • Mr. K

    If they can't get their kids to 'look up from their parents iphones and ipads', they sure as hell can't stay strong enough to enforce this environment for a year. But it's a pretty rad way to win a bet with your buddies that you can get on the news rocking a porn 'stache and a mullet. (dear God, please be a bet)

  • ODwanKenObi

    More like 47.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    For those of you not in the know: Toronto Sun is basically Fox News North.

  • Zach V

    So this didn't really happen?

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