You're thinking in a long term mindset that has input from outside sources.
In the SO all the news you see and get comes from the SO.
You live a day to day life. You're too busy trying to make your senior happy and stay out of trouble to really reflect on the past or think about the future.
You don't get to read the news or watch TV.
Leaving the SO was like coming out of a daze. All the new information sources, TV shows, movies and the internet are shocking.
Its a mindset that you can't understand unless you have experienced it.