Finding money in that slot as a kid was the adult equivalent to winning the lottery. You'd have all this money you didn't know how to spend and you'd waste it on frivolous things and then spiral into depression and drug addiction.
2. Having the DVD Logo Hit the Corner of the Screen
CDs weren't technically wrapped with shrink wrap, they were wrapped with overwrap, which made them a lot easier to open. Peeling it off was incredibly satisfying. So satisfying, in fact, that there should be hundreds of YouTube videos dedicated to it, the same way there are for zit popping.
If you had one tape deck, the only way to record songs was to catch them on the radio. So you'd sit and wait patiently, as the DJ announced song after song, waiting. Waiting. Not knowing if the song you wanted would ever come. It taught you patience. It taught you about the futility of hope.Now when you order a pizza, there's a thing online that tells you when it goes in the oven and the name of the guy who put it in there.
6. When Your Favorite Movie FINALLY Comes out on Video
After a movie was in theaters, it would be months or even over a year before it came out on VHS. The only way to see anything on-demand was in your dreams, and that was mostly clips and a lot of buffering.
To try to capture the anticipation of an undeveloped roll of film, I just invented a new game called "Selfie Roulette." You take 6 selfies that you don't look at and, without reviewing them, you post one.
Before call display, the phone ringing could be anyone. It could be your great Aunt Barb or your neighbor Lynn asking for a cup of sugar. But every once in a while, you'd pick up the phone expecting to hear Barb's gravelly voice and smoker's cough and instead it would be your best friend.
Before smartphones, you didn't catch up on Game of Thrones while on the throne. You read shampoo bottles or bubble bath or whatever else was within reaching distance. That was why there were instructions on the bottle. It's the only reasonable explanation.
Back in the day, we dreamed of a future where the tracking was automatic. "Surely, this isn't the only way," we thought, as we knelt helplessly in front of the VCR, fiddling with the knob slightly one way, then slightly the other, then slightly back the first way. Now, we live in the future we dreamed, and it's totally unnecessary. But every once in a while, you think about tracking and think, "My fingertips used to possess pure magic."
Before the internet, you couldn't look up song lyrics. When people are giving Rihanna shade for being incomprehensible, they're forgetting a whole generation of artists who sounded, in the words of great Weird Al Yankovich, like they had marbles in their mouth. If you don't believe me, ask anyone who was a teenager in 1994 to sing Beck's Loser.There's a verse in there about the Snuffleupagus. Guaranteed.
Smartphones have changed our lives for the better in every way except one: concerts. Yes, you can capture the moment forever, but you also have to watch thousands of other people capturing the moment forever.
Every year, you'd get a new phone book. Every year, you'd look up your last name to see your phone number and address. Every year, you'd get a tingly feeling deep inside, in the special part of you that cared about the phone book. That part of you is now dead.