Normal Things From The 1980s And '90s That Younger Generations Can't Relate To

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Vote up all the long-gone experiences from the past that you can relate to.

People like to reminisce about the "good old days" - back when they were young and growing up, days when they were first discovering the world and all the weight of its responsibilities were an obstacle in the distant future. When we think back to our younger days, so many aspects were harder than today's youth will experience at a similar age. Technology, science, and society continue to advance, but we can find fault in what we perceive as the "easier way." After all, it's not our way, the way we experienced it. And our way has some pretty cool memories.

Not having a phone, with a camera attached, that can access all the available information in the world made for a pretty different life experience. So did our different attitudes toward smoking. The rapid development of high-speed internet and streaming have made so many of our favorite memories things younger people would have a hard time comprehending. But we were there. It's the way we experienced it. And many of us wouldn't have it any other way. These are the normal things that people remember from the 1980s and '90s that younger generations can't relate to.

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  • 1
    472 VOTES

    You Had To Memorize So Many Phone Numbers

    From Redditor u/Chariot-of-Belenus:

    I had 20 phone numbers memorized minimum.

    And Redditor u/haysoos2:

    I still remember my friend's phone numbers from when I was 13, but have no idea what my mother's current phone number is, and have to think about it for a minute to recall my own.

    And Redditor u/ForUseAtWorkx:

    Now that brain space is occupied with passwords.

    472 votes
  • 2
    396 VOTES

    If You Missed An Episode Of A Show, You Had To Wait For A Rerun

    From Redditor u/oilcanboogie:

    Missing an episode of your favourite show, then mentally planning to catch it during summer reruns, if not the next year altogether.

    To which Redditor u/jessflyc replied:

    Omg when I was 15 I had meltdown that my dad forgot to tape the episode of 90210 where Dylan’s wife died.

    396 votes
  • 3
    495 VOTES

    Waiting By The Radio To Record Your Favorite Song

    From Redditor u/Wishyouamerry:

    Sitting by the radio waiting for your favorite new song to come on so you could record it onto a cassette tape. And hoping the jack*ss DJ didn’t talk over the first 45 seconds. (Spoiler alert: He always did!)

    495 votes
  • 4
    437 VOTES

    The TV Would Stop Broadcasting Late At Night

    From Redditor u/-GTPlus-:

    That TV just stopped broadcasting late at night. My kids still can’t comprehend this one.

    And Redditor u/thiswasyouridea:

    The sign off video of an American flag, and then the test pattern. Colorful stripes and boooooooooooooooop.

    437 votes
  • 5
    350 VOTES

    There Was No Privacy During Phone Calls

    From Redditor u/EllywickBeren:

    Being on a phone call with someone using the home phone when all of sudden someone in the house picks up another phone and tells you to get off.

    And Redditor u/AjaxkidRN:

    We only had one phone and it was attached to the wall in the living room. No privacy to gossip about important teen stuff and then Dad was in the background, “I said, get off the damn phone!!!!”

    350 votes
  • 6
    385 VOTES

    You Went To The Video Store And Just Had To Hope The Movie You Wanted Was There

    From Redditor u/ItsNotMe_ItsU:

    Going with your parents to Blockbuster to rent a movie and hoping a copy (VHS tape) was still available and not completely rented out.

    And Redditor u/EarhornJones:

    Our first video rental store rented VHS and Beta tapes, along with the players, and was also first (and foremost) a tool/car rental place. My dad rented a posthole digger and a James Bond movie in a single trip. Our second video rental store was the gas station. Everybody in town rented videos at our hillbilly version of 7/11. On a Friday night, there would be a huge group of people vying for the latest titles next to the "frozen Coke" machine.

    385 votes