The 90s was a strange time. There were all sorts of silly trends and the internet as we know it was barely a thing. Take a ride on a time machine with us as we revisit just a few things from the 90s that kids these days won’t understand.
1. Dial-up internet
Remember when using the internet meant that no one had to use the phone while you were online, or else the connection will be cut off. Downloading an mp3 file on Kazaa or Limewire took at least an hour, and who can forget those weird buzzing sounds you got when you’re connecting? Kids these days have it too good with their wifi and data connections.
2. Microsoft Paint
Ah, good old Microsoft Paint. This is what we usually did on the computer since games were pretty expensive, and the internet was slow.Kids nowadays have so many choices when it comes to apps and games on their smartphones. Back in the 90s we were satisified with just a bunch of doodles on Microsoft Paint!
Remember those cute little egg-shaped electronic toys? Those kept us entertained for hours on end! Back then Tamagotchis were state of the art when it comes to toy technology, and you were the coolest kid in school if you unlocked the special pets that are really hard to get. Kids today have Pokemon Go, back then we had Tamagotchi.
4. VHS Tapes
Back in the 90s we didn’t have Netflix or Youtube. If we wanted to watch a movie, we either went to the theater or rented a VHS tape from the local VHS store. Once you were done with the movie, you had to make sure to rewind it before returning it to the store, or else you had to pay a fine. You were lucky if you had one of the fancy VCRs that also had a rewinder. Do kids these days even know where the term “rewind” came from?
Ah, the good old compact disc. Back then, CDs were reserved only for the rich kids that had an expensive CD player. CDs were used in everything back then! Music, films, and even software all used CDs. When we wanted to make a mixtape for our friends, we had to burn a CD and then give them a copy. Nowadays kids just save everything on a thumb drive that can fit dozens of movies as well as thousands of songs.
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6. Film Cameras
Back then, digicams were practically nonexistent, and there weren’t even smartphones, the only option was to use a film camera or use a Polaroid if you wanted instant photos. While there are still some people who prefer film over digital, the convenience that digital cameras provided really made sure that film became an obsolete medium. Kids these days won’t know what those little black containers were for, or what film is.
7. Record Stores
Nowadays, record stores are usually reserved for people looking for vinyl albums or for people who just want a physical copy of the music they like. With Youtube, iTunes, and Spotify being so accessible to people, record stores have slowly gone into decline. Gone are the days when you had to look for the tape or CD of your favorite band, or you had to go to the listening booth to check if the album you’re planning to buy has good songs. Nowadays you can stream entire albums on youtube without even buying anything. Kids today have it easy.
8. Playing outside
Yep, outside. Kids today either stay indoors or hang out at malls. It’s pretty hard to find kids still playing outside, running around and getting into all sorts of crazy adventures. Today’s technology gives kids a lot of choices when it comes to entertainment, and usually they just play games on their smartphone or they just go to social media if they want to talk to their friends. At least Pokemon Go is making people go outside, even if it’s a smartphone game.
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