Remember having to wait for a sale to shop your favorite records? Or battling your siblings so you could have computer time? Thanks to laptops, smart phones, and digital streaming, there are just some struggles that kids today will never understand. From fixing a broken cassette tape to having to track down your crush's number in a phone book, these are the daily indignations most millennials will never need to deal with.
Teenage years can be awkward enough—calling a crush at their house and having to converse with their parents before you could speak to them just exacerbated things. These days most teens already have their own phones, and (let's be real) likely text instead of calling, anyways.
Back in the day, a "cloud" was just something in the sky, and we needed a stash of floppy disks to save our files. Things improved when we started burning CDs—but only slightly.
Fonts have replaced penmanship in the digital age. Since we read most things as text on a screen, we no longer have to spend endless minutes trying to decipher an important memo. (Is that an "A" or an "O?")
Any music or movie lover of a certain age can recall the awful experience of listening to an album or watching a movie only to find that it was damaged at your favorite part. Now that most things are digital, people don't have to worry about scuffing out scratches on a DVD.
Buying tickets to a concert is still no picnic, but at least now young people can discover if the tour is sold out from the comforts of their computer, rather than after camping out in a long line.
Whether it's 3 AM or the middle of a blizzard, we're living in a time when you can buy anything you want whenever you want. Physical stores may close at night, but online shopping is 24/7.
It was always disheartening to find the perfect outfit during a shopping trip, only to discover they're out of your size. Nowadays, most major retailers can order what you need online, or hop on the computer to check the inventory of nearby stores.
Once upon a time, the family computer was a clunky machine that had a home on a desk in a common room of the house. Now a personalized laptop is a staple on every student's school supply list.
Live TV is still a thing, but recording or streaming your shows has made commercial breaks obsolete.
Every had their own technique for getting old cartridges to work when they were on the fritz (remember blowing into the console?). Technical issues like these are resolved forever, thanks to direct downloads.
People rarely leave home without their phones, which means they also always have a camera handy. Before, there was no easy way . So many missed Throwback Thursday opportunities!
This one is a blessing and a curse: Teens today no longer have to flip through old yearbooks wondering about the whereabouts of old classmates. Chances are they still follow each other on social media, even if they haven't actually spoken in years.
Apple sold these with varying storage capacities, and running out of space wasn't an uncommon occurrence. Teens today use music streaming services, which allow for endless jam sessions.
It might still happen from time to time, but calendar reminders and Facebook make it easier than ever to remember someone's birthday.
Dropping off your film at the drive-up photo store, then waiting days to find out there wasn't a single shot with everybody's eyes open. Or forgetting to buy so all your photos were dark and fuzzy.
Answering the phone without knowing who was calling because there's no caller ID. Or using your family's painfully slow rotary-dial phone to call your best friend, only to get a busy signal.
Discovering that the person who took the last ice cube didn't bother to refill the trays. So unfair!
Looking for a pay phone to make a call and hoping you had enough change to do it.
Taping a favorite show over an old home video by mistake.
Not calling dibs before your siblings so you got stuck in the
of your parent's station wagon.
Waiting forever for those bleeps and beeps on dial-up Internet, then getting cut off if someone picked up the phone in another part of the house.
Figuring out how to fold an actual paper map the right way. And, oh, yeah, and learning to read an actual paper map!
Going to the library to use the encyclopedia for a research paper or digging through the card catalogue to find those books.
Looking up your friend's phone number in a phone book (and praying it wasn't unlisted!).
Taking an exam in an actual classroom, not turning it in digitally on your own schedule.
Spending hours trying to make the perfect mix tape for your crush. Or trying to untangle a cassette tape if it got yanked off the little wheels.
Talking to a long-distance operator to place a call.
Plus, you had to get up to change them. (Not to mention that your parents probably made you change it to whatever they wanted to watch because your family only had one TV.)
Driving to the video rental store on a Friday night to find
out all the good movies are gone. Or having to rewind the movie if the person who rented it before you forgot.
Using those tiny sheets of white correcting tape for mistakes when typing. It was impossible to line things up correctly!