If you're looking for a great example of how technology has changed over time, look no further than the record store. This is a place you actually had to go, flip through walls of physical records and pay for each album with actual money. Talk about anxiety inducing!
Ah, the early 2000s, when the Internet was slow and you couldn't use your corded phone and be online at the same time. The way you knew you were online was through a series of shrill ear piecing digital beeps. Truly, it was a hell on Earth.
Before GPS, the way we navigated the world was with literal, fold out paper maps. As these were analogue and not digital, you didn't have a giant "you are here" orb. You really just had to figure it out and hope you didn't get eaten by a bear in the process. Life was hard before Waze, yo!
Before Snapchat made sending nude selfies as easy as rewinding a VHS tape, the only way to secretly message someone you had a crush on was by passing a note and hoping it got to the right person. To anyone who went to school from the year pencils were invented to 2005, this was the most stressful moment of your life.
Before Spotify made owning physical music media weird, we all had to haul our music collections in giant CD binders. CDs were a finicky medium, and something as simple as a scratch or a little dust would often leave your copy of Bob Marley's Legend completely unplayable. "No Woman No Cry," indeed.
9. Needing a TV Guide to Know When Your Favorite Shows Were On
There was a time long ago when you couldn't just watch all of your favorite shows whenever you wanted to on Hulu or Netflix. Shows would air at specific times and if you weren't in front of a television at that time, tough. We used a mystical book called the "TV Guide" to figure out when those times were. Even if you just wanted to catch a Mork and Mindy rerun it was always a big hassle. I'm glad kids today will never know this anxiety.
NES cartridges always took a certain level of "finessing" in order to make them work correctly. We all knew a kid who knew exactly how to blow into a cartridge or an actual NES system to make it play.Now those skilled blowers of our youth all have a very different profession...
They all play Ocarina professionally. I don't know what else you expected there.
Ah, the mixtape. A music mix you had to make in real time, either from recording songs off of the radio or using two tapes playing simultaneously to make a duplicate. Nowadays, if you like someone and want to impress them you can just send them an iTunes playlist.
So much work went into making mixtapes. Kids today can use all of that time they're saving to get super into Candy Crush or whatever.
A major inconvenience that current technology has made obsolete is the need to actually remember phone numbers. Before cell phone address books allowed us to save everything, we all had to carry around slips of paper with our friends' and parents' phone numbers written on them. By hand. Like apes.
If you were a kid in 1995, there were few anxieties greater then trying to figure out who shot Mr. Burns. The Simpsons character was shot in an episode of the long running cartoon series that aired in May of 1995, and the resolution didn't air until that September. That left kids with an entire summer of rewatching the episodes and buying Butterfinger bars which, as a promotional tie in, contained clues about the culprit's identity. Now if you want to know who shot Mr. Burns, you can just google it.