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December 23, 2016

The Struggle Youth Today Know Nothing About

Flip Phone Internet

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In all honesty, what in the world would anyone access the internet with a flip phone for anyway? It’s not like anyone could get naked pictures or anything.

Finding Music

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This is how it was done years ago. All this can be stored in a tiny little space the size of the head of a pen these days.

After Burning One

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It was agonizing to have your computer tell you that your disc was burned successfully, only to find out that it wouldn’t work in your music player. How were you supposed to walk around town with no music?

The Worst Thing Ever

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If it had this many scratches, it was your favorite CD. This would have ruined your life in a heartbeat because sometimes, good things were hard to replace. Not like downloading all the music for free today.

The Dilemma

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I mean, having both of these things in your pocket? Where would you have room for anything else?

The Backward Maze

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If you didn’t remember where you put it, it could take you forever to find it. Programs got lost in the endless maze they thought “organized” Windows 95.

When The Internet Went Down

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Going outside and playing baseball simply wasn’t an option. Staying on the computer was only possible if you had games that were independent of the internet.

Old School Ringtones

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You couldn’t buy very good ones back then. Getting a good ringtone took some skills and the ability to get everyone to keep quiet.

Downloading

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The internet over a phone line trying to download 8 MB. It would take a second now. But, it seemed like forever back in the day.

Video Tapes

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To watch a movie that was not on regularly scheduled programming, it wasn’t all that easy. Going to the video store was the only option. But, they didn’t have every video you could ever imagine.

Rewinding Tapes

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It seemed cut and dry to just rewind the tape. But, just be glad you live in today’s world where you can actually hit the time you want on the video and it magically goes there.

Longer Movies

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We can fit so much data in a little space on the head of a pen these days. Back then, a whole VHS tape was not big enough to store an entire three hour movie.

Eaten Up

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It could be fixed with a little work. Straighten it out and then tighten it up. You just had to live with that glitch getting worse every time you watched the movie.

The End Of The World

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There wasn’t much space to begin with. You couldn’t keep your messages forever. Once you heard them, they needed deleted to make space for more.

Time To Call

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Back in the day, we paid both ways. You paid if you received a call just as much as when you made a call. That’s why people would tell others, “Call me after 9 when calling is free.”

Just Missing Your Channel

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Before the days of looking up channels for programming, there was a channel that scrolled through the programming. If you just missed what you were looking for, you had to wait until it came back around.

Getting Directions

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Getting around in unknown territory wasn’t as simple as turning on the GPS and listening to what the voice tells you to do. Looking up directions and actually printing them out from start to end was how it was done.

When Things Went Down, They Went Down

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Crashes were very annoying. Your computer would tell you it was trying to fix the problem, but you could stare at that message for days. Sometimes, you did the unheard of and just shut it down.

Texting

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Phones didn’t have complete keyboards on them like they do now. Back in the day, you had to hit the keys several times to get the letters you wanted. The ‘S’ was the worst when you had to hit the ‘7’ a bunch of times.

No Light

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The old school Game Boy didn’t have any back light. Sitting in the back of the car on a long drive was a hassle when you were driving at night. You had to literally wait for street lights to show you what you were doing.

Getting Music Files

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It was a little bit tricky. You had to look for the files that you liked and then sometimes, they would be fake. LimeWire was good for a lot of things, but bad for a lot of things too.

It Was Everywhere

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When you bought a computer, it came with free minutes from AOL. You’d find CDs in the mail with free minutes from AOL. It was the easiest way to get online until it was time to pay for it.

Breadcrumbs

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They got everywhere. They were in the keyboard and the mouse. Don’t have to deal with too much of that anymore when the devices get jammed and stop working.

Manual Shutdown

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Things took so long back in the day. Shutting the computer down was totally different than how things are done now. A series of steps that seemed like it took forever.

Carrying Your Music

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It was in style even though it was the most inefficient way to carry music. You couldn’t go for a jog with this thing and it took about twenty D size batteries.

Detonating Today