45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got Out

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutThey Couldnt Believe What They Found Outside of Prison

Going to prison is something that has a great effect on anyone, regardless of what reasons they were put in there to begin with. Thats probably because prison is an entirely different world than public society: everything is different, and not in good ways. When someone is finally released from prison, you may be surprised as to what things really stun them about returning to the regular world. Thats what this list is all about: what did they miss, what did they forget, and what did they get shocked by?

Every Shade, Every Way

A lot of people dont quite appreciate just how colorful the world really is until theyve been locked away from it by prison. People dont really realize just how colorless prison is: everything is a muted shade of gray, or white at best.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutEvery Shade, Every Way

You forget about all the reds, blues, greens, yellows, and oranges. You dont even realize that something as simple as the supermarket has almost every color available in the world. That kind of thing would stun or shock just about anyone who missed it for years.

Phones Rule All

Even a few years in a prison can put someone years behind in terms of culture and technology, since those things advance so quickly. Phones seem like a normal part of everyday life now, but just a few years ago, they werent nearly as prominent.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutPhones Rule All

Imagine the shock of someone who went in when phones were still just hitting their stride, and coming out when they have become integral to almost every aspect of society. That kind of cultural advancement isnt something that you would expect when you missed it all in prison.

Jump to the Future

Its a weird way to think of prison but in a way it kind of works like time travel for the incarcerated. You go in when the Atari is a huge hit, and you come out when the PlayStation 2 is popular. For you, that would be a huge jump in technology that you would never expect.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutJump to the Future

Of course, its a really slow form of time travel: maybe its more akin to being in a time capsule. Things change in the real world much faster than people realize, mostly because they arent removed from that constant change enough to notice it.

They Talk Now?

You go to prison when TVs are still big boxes, and you come out when they are big, flat, and you can talk to them. Heck, some of them can even talk back to you! Its just another jump to the future that someone in a prison would experience when they got out.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutThey Talk Now?

Throughout this list, youll encounter many individuals who were most shocked by the way technology advanced while they were put away. It really does evolve far faster than most people realize. After all, every year a new phone comes out. New cars too!

Activate Warp Speed!

Going 15 mph may not seem very fast when you drive relatively frequently, but if youve been away from cars for some time due to prison, getting back in a vehicle would probably seem pretty amazing. Moving at any speed faster than a human can run would be exhilarating.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutActivate Warp Speed!

Of course, maybe it wouldnt last very long once you got used to it again, but at least for a little while, it would be something you missed that excites you. Theres not much wrong with that since you should always enjoy your freedoms when you make it out.

Shape of Water

When you havent been to prison, you dont understand what types of things you would miss from regular living. You may not put a whole lot of thought into swimming, but theres no swimming in prison. No pools, no lakes, no oceans, nothing. Not even baths. Nothing but showers.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutShape of Water

Its understandable why prisoners would miss being able to submerge themselves in water and embrace the freedom that it provides. Its just one of those things you wouldnt even know to miss until you couldnt actually do it. A lot of things in life are like that.

The Ties That Bind

OK, so one thing everyone knows about prison is that it has a lot of walls. But you dont really realize how those walls affect your perspective once you finally get away from those walls. You almost get used to those walls, so much that it feels weird to not have them around.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutThe Ties That Bind

Its understandable why someone who was in prison would be shocked by the lack of those walls, by the lack of any sort of barrier that prevents you from doing what you want, when you want. Its really kind of sad when you think about it for too long.

A Burger Is How Much?

If theres one thing that changes super fast, its the price of goods. Prices are always going up. You wouldnt be aware of that when youre in prison. You go in and prices are way lower than when you come out. You may even be inclined to think theres a mistake somewhere.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutA Burger Is How Much?

Its another one of those things you dont notice when you are still actively in society. The inflation rates go up, but since it happens gradually, you just dont notice. You dont have that luxury when youve been in prison, removed from it all.

Lacking in Shampoo

So theres not a lot of choice when you are in prison. Everyone knows that. But in many ways, theres truly no choice at all, especially when it comes to shampoo. You use what you get, and thats about it. Sounds pretty rough, when you think about it.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutLacking in Shampoo

Well, we suppose its better than one, but when you get out of prison, you suddenly find that theres a lot more choice out there than you were used to. Sometimes, that choice is actually a lot more to handle than you would expect.

Night Light

Do you like sleeping in the dark? Sleeping alone? Maybe you wouldnt if you had spent several years sleeping with the light on and with other people nearby. It may actually be harder to sleep in the dark if you hadnt done it in a very long time.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutNight Light

Of course, thats something one could acclimate to over time, but it would probably be a bit of a hassle to deal with initially. At least finding somewhere to sleep with light isnt a particularly difficult task to accomplish regardless of where you are.

What Once Was

While it doesnt change quite as fast as technology or culture, landscape is also something that changes over time. If you are incarcerated long enough, the landscape you were used to when you went in may not exist any longer when you get out. Forests, open grass, small roads: it all changes.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWhat Once Was

It can be kind of sobering. After all, you lose a lot when the landscape of your past is destroyed. Take in the things around you while you still can: you never know when things will change, and youll miss something you used to have.

Old Faithful

When you go to prison, you leave a lot behind. Family and friends of course, but also your car. What happens to your car when you are gone for a long time? Well, depends on how loyal that car is to you. In this case, a car hung on for six years.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutOld Faithful

Not only did it hang on, but it stayed in pretty darn good shape the whole time. Honestly, thats pretty impressive, considering how often cars need maintenance to stay in shape. Its even more impressive that no one stole it or broke into it.

Music, Anywhere, Anytime

We already talked about streaming video and whatnot, but few people keep in mind how much music has changed over the years as well. Spotify and similar music streaming services would be pretty revolutionary for people that werent used to them.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutMusic, Anywhere, Anytime

As we said, technology is something that blows a lot of minds when youve missed several years of advancement. Even if it is in something as simple as music and entertainment. Spotify is something a lot of people didnt have before entering prison.

Internet Intervention

What else changes really quickly as time passes? The internet, of course. Few people realize how recently things like AOL and Hotmail and the like were prominent on the internet. Needless to say, those things arent very popular on the internet any longer.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutInternet Intervention

So coming back from prison when things like Google, Bing, and who knows what else are prominent would be a pretty big change. Just like everything else that has to do with technology, as you may imagine. Prison really needs more technology, apparently?

Choices, Choices, Choices

When in prison, you dont get a choice in very many things. Most of your life in prison is regimented and laid out for you, and you do what youre told. So when you get out, your ability to make your own choices can be skewed. When you havent chosen anything for yourself in years

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutChoices, Choices, Choices

the sheer amount of things you can choose in regular society is much more staggering than most people even know. Making a choice between so many options can be very difficult when youve had no choice at all for such a long time.

Let Them See

As you may imagine, the healthcare system in prison isnt exactly the best. That being said, many people dont know they have problems or simply cant afford to fix them when they are in prison. If the problem is eyesight-related, youre usually just out of luck.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutLet Them See

Until you get out, of course. Then you can afford a real pair of eyeglasses, and you can finally realize exactly how much you were missing all this time. We imagine that being able to see clearly after so many years really would be a shock.

Who Am I?

When you go to prison for a long time decades, even, theres no limit to what can change in your absence. In the case of this poor man, what changed was his identity: or rather, his lack of identity on todays modern network. With missing documents and broken family links, its like he never existed.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWho Am I?

Thats a terrible thing for any human being and just goes to show that the passage of time is truly unstoppable when it comes to changing things. Even your identity isnt safe. Even your existence could be called into question.

Infrastructure, Skyscrapers, and More

So of course new buildings are going to crop up when you are away from any civilized location for a long time. But you never really expect an entire skyline to just show up out of the blue, do you? That can happen when you are away for more than 25 years.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutInfrastructure, Skyscrapers, and More

And yet, while some places change a lot, some places hardly change at all. Some places just dont move at the same pace, either because they cant, or they just flat out dont want to. Honestly, its not so bad for that to be the case.

That Cant Be Right

We talked about inflation once already, but you dont really know how much has changed until you compare prices to what they used to be. For this guy, he realized how much money had changed when he went to Burger King, only to find the meal so expensive he was certain there was a mistake.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutThat Cant be Right

That said, it pays to understand that things havent gotten more expensive so much as the dollar isnt as valuable as it used to be. Thats why its called inflation, and not something else a lot more disparaging. Remember all those stories from Grandad about how much milk used to cost?

Shower Power

You get to take showers in prison. Its pretty much the only way to get clean around there. But that doesnt mean there wont be something surreal about getting to take a shower in solitude if you havent been able to do so for several years.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutShower Power

And thats to say nothing about carpet. You dont know how nice a carpet is until you go several years with nothing but concrete floors. That must be hard on the feet, shoes or not! We suppose it would be hard to keep the carpet clean in prison, but geez.

Integral Technology

It would be an understatement to say that smartphones have become an integral part of everyday life. They are used for everything, from communication to entertainment to information gathering. Not to say you cant get by without one, but it sure helps make life easier.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutIntegral Technology

Going into prison before all of this became the norm would definitely make it a shocker when you get out. As the individual themselves said, it must seem very eerie to return to the real world to see everyone with a screen in their face.

Stay in Motion

Its easy to get acclimated to things you experience every day. Its also easy to lose that familiarity if you are away from something for a long enough period of time. Consider cars: its actually kind of unnatural to be carried around in a metal box, when you think about it.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutStay in Motion

Being away from that for an extended period of time, one could see how riding in a car could make someone feel sick or uneasy for several years after being released from prison. Being locked away in such an environment really takes a lot away from you.

A New Experience

Its not a stretch to say that most people feel comfortable in Walmart. Its a pretty normal part of society, after all. But imagine being uncomfortable and uneasy there. It wouldnt be too far-fetched of a situation for someone that hadnt been in a large Walmart for several years.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutA New Experience

Having that much space, and that much stuff, would surely weigh on the mind of someone who has been forced to live without it for quite some time. At least, we would certainly assume so, based on this story from this individual who experienced it themselves.

It Does Impress

Minecraft may still be a very popular game, but for the most part, people have gotten over the hype and craze it had back in the day. Of course, if you had never seen it before due to being in prison for sixteen years or so, it would probably be pretty mind-blowing.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutIt Does Impress

As weve said before, prison is kind of like a time capsule: when someone is finally released, their knowledge of general culture and technology is almost certainly some ways behind what is currently applicable. Prisons should probably do a better job of keeping their inmates up to date.

Time Marches On

Depending on your level of communication with the outside world during a stint in prison, it may be shocking to learn that the people you knew have changed. Some have moved states, others may not even be around, and everyone has certainly gotten older.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutTime Marches On

Coming back to your kids, your friends, and even acquaintances to see each of them living vastly different lives than when you left would be hard to swallow for anyone. Communication with the outside world is critical to avoiding this kind of situation.

Kind of Rude

You know things are bad when someone from prison believes that people in regular society are ruder than those within prison walls. When the incarcerated have better manners, maybe theres a problem that needs to be addressed in how society treats each other.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutKind of Rude

Well, not to say everyone is rude, but even so this story is a bit shocking to read, solely because most people probably dont even realize how rude everyday life really is. A bit of introspection may go a long way in that respect.

Societal Standards

The law of the land in prison is quite a bit different than it is for regular society. So if you were trapped in that environment for so long, its understandable that you would forget just how different things are on the outside. Acceptable behavior, communication, things you can say out loud: its all different.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutSocietal Standards

Theres definitely a learning curve to getting back into society, no matter what anyone says. Even the small things could be pretty difficult to come to grips with initially, though people who havent been in that situation probably wouldnt understand.

What Is U Tube?

YouTube is part of everyday internet life now. But it wasnt in 1995. So someone who went under in 1995 would probably be blown away by how huge and popular it is today, or even how much can be found on YouTube in general. The way the internet has evolved in recent years is crazy.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWhat is U Tube?

It seems normal to us, who have been around to see it all happen, but for people who have been incarcerated for more than a decade, the change is pretty massive and probably really hard to wrap ones head around, all things considered.

Wheres the Trust?

At some point in the past, you could actually fill your car with gas and only pay for it after the fact. Those times of trusting people to do the right thing are long gone, but someone who was in prison for a long time would probably be surprised by that.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWheres the Trust?

And thats to say nothing about actual gas prices. Theyve gone up a ton since the old days, and thats probably something that would catch a recently released prisoner off guard as well. Too bad gas prices are only likely to increase from here.

What Happened Here?

Payphones: nowhere to be seen for many, many years now. But once again, if you go into prison before payphones were replaced, then suddenly having no payphones anywhere would probably be really wacky. Subtly creepy, even. This does raise questions as to how long prison sentences are.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWhat Happened Here?

Of course, some crimes warrant serious punishments, but youd think there would be some sort of way to ensure prisoners could keep up with the way the world around them is changing. After all, being separated from things for so long cant be healthy.

Do It Yourself

Self-checkouts at stores are something we take for granted these days. They are extremely convenient and we all like using them, but they are actually pretty recent in terms of being used in a widespread manner. That being said, someone who missed their implementation would probably be enthralled by them.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutDo It Yourself

Sometimes it is easy to forget just how much our society has evolved in terms of convenience and technology. It wasnt all that long ago that things were significantly different, with far less usefulness for each of us as citizens. Time flies.

Touch It

You know, its only within the last decade or so that the notion of touching a screen had any value or merit to it. In the past, people would be confused by the notion of touching a screen to accomplish anything, other than whacking it to get it working.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutTouch It

So coming out of prison to find that touch screens are now a major part of technology across the board. It would certainly be a surprise to find that you didnt need remotes or buttons for things nearly as much as you needed to in the past.

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Just Wave at It

Do you ever think about how automatic sinks and paper towel dispensers may actually seem pretty advanced and far-fetched to people from an older generation? Well, the same is true of people who have been in prison for some time. Something that simple could seem very futuristic.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got Out
Just Wave At It

Of course, you may be able to find something like that in some prisons, but if they were underfunded, then probably not. Underfunded prisons probably miss out on a lot of technologies that other ones manage to keep tabs on.

[post_page_title]All by Myself

You know what people really take for granted? The opportunity to go to the bathroom in complete and total privacy. You dont know how much you miss something like that until you dont have access to it. Imagine not being able to go to the bathroom for as long as you want, as privately as you want.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutAll By Myself

Needless to say, many prisoners would probably be enthralled at the idea of having access to that again. They probably wouldnt even realize how much they missed it until they actually had a chance to do it again. Appreciate what you have.

Siri, Answer This

For someone who went to prison back when phones were big indestructible bricks, having a small, sleek phone with a robotic female voice that can answer your questions and directs you around the web must seem like the stuff of science fiction.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutSiri, Answer This

Honestly, thinking about what phones are really capable of today, even we are inclined to be amazed by what they can do and how much theyll be able to do in the future. Heck, some phones fold in half now, screen and all! Its crazy, right?

From One to Another

When people in prison think the outside world is scarier than where they are, you may want to think about some of societys problems. We all know the news talks about scary things, but really, thats kind of a harsh reminder of just how scary and bad things can really be.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutFrom One to Another

We dont blame anyone for wanting to lock themselves away at home, all things considered. Even if they spent a bunch of time in prison, it may seem like a safer, more reasonable thing to do than actually going out and about in the free world.

Whats With the Arrows?

Arrows on stoplights are something that seem to be omnipresent. We actually dont know when they became the norm, but apparently, there are some people that were in prison long enough to remember a time when stoplights didnt have those arrows.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWhats With the Arrows?

Taking that into consideration, we would actually be curious to know when those arrows started being implemented into the majority of traffic lights. Maybe that poor guy was just in prison for a particularly long time. Its the best explanation we can think of.

Who Needs Keys?

You can start cars these days without having to actually turn a physical key. You can often just press a button and start a vehicle, so long as you have the key fob with you. For someone who was used to the more classic way of car startup, we could see it confusing them.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWho Needs Keys?

At least this is the kind of technology that one could easily pick up on, if they just got used to it first. Still, the way cars have changed over the years is something that would shock a prisoner who has been away from the world for some time.

A Weak Stomach

When you eat food that really isnt all that great for a long time, you may think that the first thing you want to do upon returning to freedom is to eat something nice right away. However, your stomach may not agree with that, considering what its used to.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutA Weak Stomach

You have to acclimate to a certain type of food again if you really want to be able to enjoy it. It may take some time, but thats the reality when youve been fed poorly or with low-quality food for any decent amount of time. Appreciate all the good food you can.

Late to the Party

Sometimes, the age you went into prison has the most effect on what shocks you the most when you get out. If you go on in young, there may be some things you didnt have the chance to learn first: like how to date and have healthy relationships.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutLate to the Party

And as you may imagine, thats not exactly a topic of much import in prison, so you certainly wont learn it there either. Coming out without what many would consider is common knowledge is certain to be a shock for anyone.

What Happened to Blockbuster?

Were going to give it to you straight: if you remember Blockbuster, youre getting up in years. Technically, youre old as far as modern culture is concerned. Netflix, while technically being quite old itself, is much closer to modern levels of streaming technology.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWhat Happened to Blockbuster?

For someone who went to prison before Blockbuster went out of style, it would probably be a bit of a shock to see it all gone in favor of Netflix and other streaming services. Of course, streaming is a lot easier and more convenient, so thats good.

Even Legos

When you lose some of your lifespan to prison, you never know what will shock you. It could even be something as simple as Legos. Even Legos have changed a lot over time, becoming a lot more complicated than they used to be. Some people may be surprised by just how much.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutEven Legos

That said, we certainly wont complain about Legos becoming more advanced and fun to play with. Creativity can make fun things out of basic bricks, but having more interesting basic blocks really allows for people to make even cooler things.

Rules, Rules, Rules

If youve gone to jail and successfully made it back out, chances are you dont really want to go back again. That being said, you may be wary about which things could potentially do that to you. We wouldnt blame anyone for being a bit paranoid, all things considered.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutRules, Rules, Rules

It must be hard to have that reminder of imprisonment looming over ones head all the time. Then again, maybe it helps convince people that they should stay out of trouble when at all possible. Going to prison isnt worth it.

Sleek and Slim

Cars used to have a much boxier, angular design. Just look at anything from 1970. However, general car design has changed a lot since then. Just take a look at anything made after 2010. Point being, someone who wasnt used to these types of designs may be surprised by them.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutSleek and Slim

After all, when you miss the gradual change from one design philosophy to the other, its pretty understandable that you would be shocked by the sudden jump: and probably ask yourself just what else you missed while you were away from the world.

The Great Outdoors

Nature goes mostly unappreciated by people who can see it every day. But imagine not being able to see it for years on end. Imagine that prison walls are you can see. No mountains, no oceans, no great wilderness its no wonder that some people would find nature the most shocking part of their return.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutThe Great Outdoors

The colors, the sights, the sounds and the smells: all of these are things that anyone who was locked away in prison for any significant amount of time. People should really be a lot more grateful for the things they can experience every day.

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Siri, Answer This

For someone who went to prison back when phones were big indestructible bricks, having a small, sleek phone with a robotic female voice that can answer your questions and directs you around the web must seem like the stuff of science fiction.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutSiri, Answer This

Honestly, thinking about what phones are really capable of today, even we are inclined to be amazed by what they can do and how much theyll be able to do in the future. Heck, some phones fold in half now, screen and all! Its crazy, right?

From One to Another

When people in prison think the outside world is scarier than where they are, you may want to think about some of societys problems. We all know the news talks about scary things, but really, thats kind of a harsh reminder of just how scary and bad things can really be.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutFrom One to Another

We dont blame anyone for wanting to lock themselves away at home, all things considered. Even if they spent a bunch of time in prison, it may seem like a safer, more reasonable thing to do than actually going out and about in the free world.

Whats With the Arrows?

Arrows on stoplights are something that seem to be omnipresent. We actually dont know when they became the norm, but apparently, there are some people that were in prison long enough to remember a time when stoplights didnt have those arrows.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWhats With the Arrows?

Taking that into consideration, we would actually be curious to know when those arrows started being implemented into the majority of traffic lights. Maybe that poor guy was just in prison for a particularly long time. Its the best explanation we can think of.

Who Needs Keys?

You can start cars these days without having to actually turn a physical key. You can often just press a button and start a vehicle, so long as you have the key fob with you. For someone who was used to the more classic way of car startup, we could see it confusing them.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWho Needs Keys?

At least this is the kind of technology that one could easily pick up on, if they just got used to it first. Still, the way cars have changed over the years is something that would shock a prisoner who has been away from the world for some time.

A Weak Stomach

When you eat food that really isnt all that great for a long time, you may think that the first thing you want to do upon returning to freedom is to eat something nice right away. However, your stomach may not agree with that, considering what its used to.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutA Weak Stomach

You have to acclimate to a certain type of food again if you really want to be able to enjoy it. It may take some time, but thats the reality when youve been fed poorly or with low-quality food for any decent amount of time. Appreciate all the good food you can.

Late to the Party

Sometimes, the age you went into prison has the most effect on what shocks you the most when you get out. If you go on in young, there may be some things you didnt have the chance to learn first: like how to date and have healthy relationships.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutLate to the Party

And as you may imagine, thats not exactly a topic of much import in prison, so you certainly wont learn it there either. Coming out without what many would consider is common knowledge is certain to be a shock for anyone.

What Happened to Blockbuster?

Were going to give it to you straight: if you remember Blockbuster, youre getting up in years. Technically, youre old as far as modern culture is concerned. Netflix, while technically being quite old itself, is much closer to modern levels of streaming technology.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutWhat Happened to Blockbuster?

For someone who went to prison before Blockbuster went out of style, it would probably be a bit of a shock to see it all gone in favor of Netflix and other streaming services. Of course, streaming is a lot easier and more convenient, so thats good.

Even Legos

When you lose some of your lifespan to prison, you never know what will shock you. It could even be something as simple as Legos. Even Legos have changed a lot over time, becoming a lot more complicated than they used to be. Some people may be surprised by just how much.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutEven Legos

That said, we certainly wont complain about Legos becoming more advanced and fun to play with. Creativity can make fun things out of basic bricks, but having more interesting basic blocks really allows for people to make even cooler things.

Rules, Rules, Rules

If youve gone to jail and successfully made it back out, chances are you dont really want to go back again. That being said, you may be wary about which things could potentially do that to you. We wouldnt blame anyone for being a bit paranoid, all things considered.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutRules, Rules, Rules

It must be hard to have that reminder of imprisonment looming over ones head all the time. Then again, maybe it helps convince people that they should stay out of trouble when at all possible. Going to prison isnt worth it.

Sleek and Slim

Cars used to have a much boxier, angular design. Just look at anything from 1970. However, general car design has changed a lot since then. Just take a look at anything made after 2010. Point being, someone who wasnt used to these types of designs may be surprised by them.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutSleek and Slim

After all, when you miss the gradual change from one design philosophy to the other, its pretty understandable that you would be shocked by the sudden jump: and probably ask yourself just what else you missed while you were away from the world.

The Great Outdoors

Nature goes mostly unappreciated by people who can see it every day. But imagine not being able to see it for years on end. Imagine that prison walls are you can see. No mountains, no oceans, no great wilderness its no wonder that some people would find nature the most shocking part of their return.

45+ Ex-Prisoners Are Sharing The Things They Found Shocking To Discover About The World When They Got OutThe Great Outdoors

The colors, the sights, the sounds and the smells: all of these are things that anyone who was locked away in prison for any significant amount of time. People should really be a lot more grateful for the things they can experience every day.

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