Life before the internet
Before most people had the internet readily available to them, life was vastly different.
If you wanted to look something up, it didn’t mean Google, it meant going to the library and finding a book and then sifting through it to find your answer.
Times change. Here are somethings that kids born after the year 2000 will never understand.
Napster. Well, that and Limewire. The gamble one took just to download a song was a sketchy one, to say the least.
*Random fun fact:
At the age of 9 I tried to download “Jingle Bell Rock” and accidentally downloaded “Jingle Bell Cock” and my dad called me out on it in front of the entire family dinner on Christmas day.
Windows 95. This was some futuristic shit when it came out. Trust us.
Blockbuster video, Rogers Video, Pick a Flick, etc. There was a time where you had to physically go to a store, hope they had the movie you wanted, and rent it. Late fees were a bitch, too.
Zip Drives. Don’t get me started on these things. Let’s just say kids should be glad they don’t have to deal with them.
Passing notes. Before texting was a thing, if you wanted to discreetly have a conversation from across the classroom, you had to write it on a piece of paper, and pass it along in the hopes that some jackass doesn’t open it up and read it before it reaches its intended target.
The old school digital toys. Nano Pets, Bop-It, you know the like. Simple, easy, tons of fun. Today, it’s touchscreens and apps.
Moon shoes. Come on.
Playing MASH. Predicting your own future was a great way to kill time on a rainy day during recess.
Fortune Tellers. These things seem to have gone the way of the dinosaur. But if I ever see anyone using them, it’s an automatic high-five from me.
I see your fidget spinner and raise you this bad boy.
These works of wonder. There was nothing quite like opening up a pack of McDonald’s Cookies. Well, that and the toys.
Pagers. Someone would call your pager, you’d hear a beep and see their number pop up, and you’d call em back.
Burning CD’s. Most cars don’t even have CD slots anymore. Carrying around a massive binder filled with CD’s was the epitome of a good road trip.
Portable CD Players. No iPhone fitting snuggly in your pocket. This thing was not only a nuisance to carry around, it would skip more than a fat kid on his way to the bakery.
Dial-up internet. Using the net was once more of a chore than it was a convenience. Not to mention the fact that if someone was using the phone you were screwed.