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.
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:
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?
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.