"Being able to be an idiot in your formative years and not worry about it being filmed and/or put on the internet forever"
"There was a time when we felt the world was getting better, not worse."
"Slamming down the receiver on a landline telephone. Pushing the red button is not nearly as satisfying."
"The beauty of being unreachable."
"Saturday morning cartoons. I miss sitting in front of the TV and eating a bowl of cereal while Tale Spin, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or whatever Saturday morning cartoon series played. Then getting on my bike once they ended around 10 a.m. and riding over to my friend's house to play till sunset."
"Taking pictures and then waiting for them to be developed to see if they turned out okay."
"Parents not knowing where their kids are and trusting them not to get into trouble."
"MTV played music videos, had music discussion shows, and had news about music 24 hours a day at one point."
"The street lamps means it’s time to go home."
"Having to buy the entire album to get one song you liked, or else wait for it to come on the radio and record it. Missing any part of the song was unacceptable, and you had to wait until it was played again."
"Not being able to watch whatever you wanted whenever you wanted. We actually had to look up the shows schedule in a TV guide and be available when it came on."
“Can so-and-so come out to play?”
"Hows about not knowing who was calling... was it your crush? your grandma? a telemarketer??? It's like a game show every time the phone rings"
"Having to rewind the tape before returning it to the video store or else incurring a fee."
"How to use the card catalog in the library — the ones with the cards in the drawers."
"Having a three-ring binder of CDs for road trips."
"Circling pictures of toys in the Sears catalog as a Christmas list. My brother and my cousin would do this every year at my grandma's house. We also put our initials so our parents knew who wanted what toy."
"Meeting up with a friend at the movies and having no way to communicate once you’ve left the house. Your friend doesn’t show. Is he coming? Should I continue to wait and stand at the precise spot we agreed on? Has he died? Did he forget? I’ll call home using a pay phone and hope my mom is there to tell me whether he left a message on the answering machine."
"That there used to be nine planets in the solar system."
"A thing called encyclopedias"
"Checking the pay phone change return for any forgotten coins."
"How we got around without GPS navigation."
"Why we say "hang up" the phone"
"The frustration of cassette tapes getting mangled."
"Maybe not universal. But how to entertain yourself with your mind and nothing else.
I've noticed something about my friends/people i know in parenting culture where it's now a crime for a child to be bored. When I was a kid my parents laughed and told me to go away when I said I was bored."
"Having to properly time getting a drink and snack before the ad break on TV finished. I still sweat thinking about it."
"Cranking the rear window in a car by hand"
"Getting lost in your car and just having to figure it out"
"Insert Disk #3 and press Return to continue..."
"'Let’s all meet back here at 6:00.' *Looks at watch.* 'I’ve got 4:35. What time do you have?'"
"The difficulty of not being able to instantly find the answer to questions."
"Having to say BRB to all your friends on MSN because your mom wanted to make a call, and then having to disconnect from the internet and dial back up when she was done."
"Having to wait until Monday at school to tell your friends about the crazy [email protected]#t that went down at the party over the weekend. I used to love that. There was nothing like saying “bro, guess what happened”!? Now everyone just instantly sees in it happening in real time on social media."
"Not being able to binge a show unless you literally recorded a bunch of episodes from TV onto a bunch of VHS tapes."
"Turning the dial on the TV to change the channel."
"Making plans to meet friends and having to commit because you didn't have mobile phones to ask where they were, how far, and if they were still coming."
"Texting without looking at your phone because -> abc def ghi jkl mno pqrs tuv wxyz"
"Stay off the [email protected]#kin' phone, I'm on the internet!"
"The perfect balance between playing outside and watching TV."
"Going to the arcade and playing games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. This is my childhood."
"How great Myspace was. It was a million times better than Facebook. You could choose top friends, music, cursors, backgrounds, and images. It was awesome until everyone transitioned over to FB."
"The glory of playing and enjoying snake on a brick phone."