There was no such thing as a Netflix binge back then.
Have you ever wondered why your parents can’t understand why leaving your phone at home is such a big deal, or what it’s like to have a serious case of FOBO? Well, it’s hard to imagine a world without social media or Google, but when they were teens,the Interwebz didn’t exist! Can you imagine a world without Insta, Twitter, Facebook, or Google, where every #important piece of information you could ever need (from the history notes from today’s class to Miley’s latest Instagram post) weren’t right at your fingertips? Well, mom and dad lived in that world, and this is what it was like…
1. They had to meet in person when they had a group project. There was no Facebook or Google Docs to make meeting totally unnecessary, which meant they had to ask all the hard, embarrassing questions in person.
2. They actually went to the library and consulted actual books to get the answers to a question. There was no Google to give them the meaning of life.
3. And when they went to the library, they found their books using a filing system with thousands of index cards called the Dewey Decimal system. There were no computers to look up book titles (and get a map to the book’s exact location). It worked a little something like this:
4. They had to go to an actual store to buy the hottest new albums. And buy physical CDs or cassette tapes, because there was no iTunes to download it in 10 seconds.
5. They had to go to the store to get their photos printed in order to see them, and then they had to share them with friends in physical albums. In person. With no filter. *GASP* There were no digital cameras that let you check your selfies right after taking them. And there was no Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to share their photos instantly.
6. They had to wait until their fave singer/band had a concert in their city to see them perform. Can you even imagine a world where you can’t find Harry Styles’ latest hilarious stage slip-up on YouTube instantly?
7. They had to write super long letters to their fave celebs called “fan mail.” There was no Twitter to tweet them non-stop in hopes of getting their attention.
8. They actually had to watch their fave TV show live when it aired. Which meant the whole family had to crowd onto the couch to watch together, because there was no DVR or Netflix to watch it later, at their convenience. And if they missed it, they couldn’t go online to get the recap. They had to hope their friends could remember every single important detail.
9. And to make it worse, they had to watch one episode at a time. There was no such thing as a Netflix binge back then.
10. Newspapers were actually used to get the news. Now that there’s YouTube and Twitter to get all the latest news instantly, newspapers are best used for arts and crafts projects.
11. They had to use actual paper maps to get from point A to point B. They didn’t have GPS’s or smart phones with Google Maps to tell them exactly where to go.
17. They had to manually turn their clocks back during daylights savings. The digital powers that be didn’t magically change all their clocks back for them.
12. They wrote their papers on huge computers the size of TVs. There were no laptops.
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