‘90s-Kid Problems: 25 Things Our Kids Will Never Understand

Growing up in the ‘90s and 2000s was pretty cool because you were able to witness the insane growth and evolution of technology, weird trends that only Drew Barrymore could pull off, and the way we slowly started to become more and more reliant on the Internet.  I don’t have kids yet, but someday I probably will. And someday they will wonder what it was like without Instragram, or the newest social media application the future holds. What was it like when we actually had to take out a map and figure out how to get to a restaurant? How did we even express ourselves without a tablet?!

Here are 25 things our future kids will never, ever get:

1. Dial up Internet

It’s weird to think that once we actually had to wait centuries for Internet connection. Remember this gorgeous noise? That’s the sound of patience, dwindling and dying.

2. Microsoft Paint

Paint may still exist on PCs, but it’s hard to be artist with no mouse. Furthermore, will our children spend hours upon hours creating digital abstract portraits? I think not. To see if I still had some Paint skillz, I had a go using my fiancee’s laptop:

gina paint

Okay so I kind of look like Samara from The Ring but with crappy vision, and my body is disproportionate but whatever. I still got it.

3. No Caller ID

Every phone call was a mystery! Now we can choose to proactively avoid and ignore people.

4. Rewinding VHS tapes

Our kids will never have to deal with the anguish and frustration which a tape that has not been rewound brings.

5. Floppy Discs

Our children may ask, “Mom, why is the ‘save’ button a square thingy? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?” And we’ll have to tell them that a long time ago, we used to save our precious documents on to thin plastic squares called “floppy discs,” which we then labeled with Sharpies so we could stay organized.


6. TV Guides

This is pretty much the only way you knew about TV shows and what time they aired. Before DVR and the Internet, a lot of color coding and sacrifices happened on my part.

7. Tomagotchi, Nano Babies, and Giga Pets

How are our kids going to learn to feed, entertain, and clean another living thing if they can’t practice with a digital one first?


8. Blockbuster and Hollywood Video

One of the best ways to bond with new friends was to have your mom take you to Blockbuster to choose one or two movies, but maybe not the new releases, because those were like $7 for two days.

9. Passing notes

Gossiping is much more efficient via text message and Snapchat now.

10. Toys that came in cereal boxes

Our kids will never get to shake useless, plastic figurines out of cereal boxes and into their bowls of milk!


11. Asking people for directions

Who needs humans giving mostly confusing and indecipherable directions on how to get somewhere when you just have your phone and Google Maps?

12. Commercials

Will TV commercials even exist in the future? Who even watches commercials anymore when they’re not for the Superbowl?

13. A Food Pyramid that tells you to eat mostly carbs

Because bread and pasta used to be the most important food group.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594980645 Heather Celery

    I’m a German teacher, and teaching year 7 some basics about school supplies. The textbook still has “floppy disk” in it and the kids just… lost their minds when I tried to explain what it was. So funny, but pretty sure we need new textbooks…

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    The original Roller Coaster Tycoon was so addictive and amazing!

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      Love love love that game. I think I still have it and it may still work.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529451054 Natasha Richards

    I’ve just had to explain to my children why one of my old photos looked ‘weird’…… upon inspection it is clear that what happened was I forgot to wind the camera on before talking the next picture. This resulted in a mash up of two photos in one. My kids just looked at me like I was an alien! I’m only in my 20s, when did that become old and past it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579114824 Matt Pressley

    Little correction : Unfortunately, D.A.R.E. still exists and is going strong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652241687 Kate Grawl

    My dad was a DARE officer for 10 years. How does this program encourage kids to do drugs?
    That is a very ignorant remark.

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      i know!! I think it helped me. One because i was always too scared to do it and then learning about all the side ffects made me even more scared. I was like nope!! I only smoked a cigarette like three times in my life and a mini cigar once. Other then that no drugs! :)

    • jose

      Kids thought it was ironic/cool to do drugs while wearing a dare shirt. Trust me, I was there back in my teens. They couldn’t wait to show off their new dare shirts. Each time they gave out a new design.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22005088 Adena DeMonte

    the gigapet brings back serious memories. dude i’m old.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=651835244 Stephanie Carandang

    Love this! It brings back so many memories and nostalgia. The dial-up internet was the best though. Also, letters need to be revived between people and university letters because there is more anticipation. The weight thing is hard to say because I went to a private college and my letter of acceptance was 2 sheets and my welcome packet came upon confirmation and orientation day. Still, the feeling of getting a letter addressed to you is something awesome, since it wasn’t a phone bill to the parents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566782955 Amy Davis

    I disagree with 12 these days there a TV stations that are dedicated to commercials and pay tv used to be worth it because it was commercial free and now there are more commercials that programs! I think a better query would be about the quality of children’s programming… when I was a kid I learnt stuff from tv and I watch the kid shows we have now and feel my brain frying!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001671872159 Priscilla Victoria Joan

    Wait…. cereal doesnt have prizes in it anymore?

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    Wow!! It’s true for an italian girl too! Lovely days!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004276084968 Martha Jones

    i think, in TV won’t be anything else, then commercials… Now it’s five minutes film,twenty minutes of commercials…

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  • Valentina

    This makes me sad. I miss a lot of these things.

  • Alex

    Of course they don’t have to deal with it! It’s the 21st century! Why should they have to deal with the crap we did? Please explain why a kid now a days needs to rewind a VHS.

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