Teens today dont have it tough as we did:Answering machines sometimes didnt record your message .You had to settle for a celebrity autograph because you forgot your camera.Times were hard;yet we still found ways to communicate.While social media platforms are relatively new,the way people socialize on them have always existed.Coupling that fact with nostalgia,here are things from the famous era of 90’s that may or may not have deserved to be replaced.
The White Pages (Replaced by Facebook):
Then:If you forgot to ask for a girls phone number at a wedding,you’d hope that you might collect information through the relatives or friends or an O’l school method of waiting for her outside her college or University.
Now:You immediately find your crush on Facebook.One he/she accepts your friend request,you casually start a message thread.
Disposable cameras (Replaced by Instagram):
Then:You wound up the camera,clicked and prayed that the picture came out.If you were risk averse,you’d take the picture twice.
Now:You use filters and clever captions to enhance a photo.
Walkie-Talkies(Replaced by Snapchat):
Then:These two way radio allowed you to play cops, war,or whatever insolently violent game society’s masculine stereotypes thrust upon you.This was before cell phones,so the idea of communicating with your friend in an other room without your mom hearing was pretty cool.
Now:you can recieve a snap message in silence,encouraging even more top secret playing.However,Snapchat has that bad rap for primarily being used for inappropriate snap swapping.
The “Art” of collaging (Replaced by Pinterest):
Then:You had a lot of feelings,So you cut up a bunch of magazines.
Now:You have a lot of recipes and wedding ideas,so you pin alot of inspirations.Todays kids will never know the pain of elfy or UHU sticking to your finger.
Camcorders (Replaced by Youtube):
Then:Ultra-geeky fathers preferred to capture everything on the device and then whipped out the tapes years later to embarrass you infront of your friends or can be an upside that you were an adorable kid.
Now:If its even slightly eventful,someone uploads it to Youtube.Todays kid will never know the struggle of having the VCR reel break and trying to tape it back together.
Diaries (Replaced by Tumblr):
Then:You wrote your opinions down and hoped no one would read them
Now:You write your opinions down, and hope someone will read it.Todays kids will never understand the pain of losing the absurdly tiny key that unlocked the diary.
The classifieds(Replaced by Linkedin):
Then:Companies listed positions in the newspaper,so descriptions were brief.Luckily you could call them.
Now:Without a word limit,companies feel it necessary to write a job description longer than the Old Testament and it usually includes “self starter” “hard worker” and “self paced environment”.
Dating Hotlines and Services (Replaced by Tinder):
Then:You basically had to choose your torture.1)Sit in a room and awkwardly monologue about yourself for a video or 2)Describe yourself on the phone/classifieds dating section.
Now:Swipe through potential mates faster than glancing over stuff at the supermarket.But todays kids will never understand the real pain of the inability to “Block” creepers from contacting you repeatedly.