It makes you feel pretty old when today’s kids don’t know how to use something from the days of your youth. But it really hasn’t been that long, has it? It’s just that technology goes forward at such an incredible pace. Every year new inventions come out, and, admit it, sometimes it’s a struggle to keep up with the times. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the 90’s.
Here is a list of thing you definitely remember doing, but that kids now will probably think are the strangest things in the world.
1. Using maps
Remember when we didn’t have a clever device to carry around that we could ask which way to go? And we had to print out directions from MapQuest? And in those prehistoric times, before MapQuest existed, we had to buy actual maps. Wonder how we ever managed to get where we were going.
Source: Twitter | @AwkwardlyMaddi
2. The Year 2000 Problem
Remember when the turn of the century was widely feared, because it was expected to cause severe software and hardware failures and, basically, chaos everywhere? Pepperidge farm remembers.
Source: Twitter | @ShawnEricTodd
3. The huge TVs
Remember when you had to turn to channel 3 if you wanted to play video games? To this day a static TV screen makes me feel nostalgic… Those were the times.
Source: Twitter | @OriginInsider
4. The cinema schedule woes
Remember when you had to check the newspaper to see what time a movie started? Well, it certainly was better than having to call the movie hotline.
Source: Twitter | @CVanAuk
5. The free minutes
Remember the joy of having free minutes? It’s a bit weird nowadays that you get unlimited calls with your phone plan.
Source: Twitter | @LavenderWhales
6. No caller ID
Remeber when there was no caller ID, but you could just dial *69 to find out who was the last person to call you? Unless it was a super sneaky prankster who knew to use *67…
Source: Facebook | Star 69 Records
7. Renting movies
Remember going to the video store? So many arguments over which movie to get! And then the rage when you find out that the person who had rented the movie before you hadn’t rewound the tape!
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8. Movies split on two tapes
Remember when you had to get up from your comfy couch, walk all the way to the VCR, and change the tape? I bet you were tempted to just give up many, many times.
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9. Making mixtapes
Remember when you couldn’t just download music from the internet? We had to work hard for our tunes! Also, making a mixtape for someone was an unmistakable sign of affection.
Source: Twitter | @drdavidbull
10. Phone keyboards
Remember the days when there were no touchscreens, and you had to type using actual, physical buttons? So, we typed only when it was strictly necessary, and avoided words with ‘s’ like the plague!
Source: Twitter | @destinee_julia | Shenhuifu
Remember when we had to actually order Netflix? Like, order it in the mail? And then it could arrive all scratched up… There was no chill until we had it safely in our hands.
Source: Twitter | @DankwaBrooks
12. Dial-up internet
Remember when you couldn’t use the internet if there was someone on the phone? That was tough!
13. Song lyrics
Remember when you couldn’t just google the lyrics to a song? We had to depend on the liner notes for that!
14. Telephone booths
Remember when you had to make calls from telephone booths because you had no cell phone? When we went on a holiday we had to walk a mile to find a phone to call our folks at home. It was awesome!
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15. CD storage binders
Remember spending an hour trying to choose which CD to play? And then listen to it for 10 minutes before you arrived at your destination?
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16. Taping movies
Remember when you had to record movies off the TV on a VHS tape? And accidentally recording over something important? My mum still hasn’t found out what actually is on her wedding videotape…