“Old” People Are Sharing Things That Were Normal In The ’90s But Weird Now (18 Posts)

Yep, the 90s were 30 years ago. Yep, that’s a very long time ago. So despite feeling like the 2000s were yesterday, let’s face it: you’re old.

Redditor u/Apart-Scale recently asked:

“What was normal in the 1990s but rare or nonexistent now?”

And before you roll your eyes about another “trip down memory lane”, some of these really do tweak a good nostalgic bone. There’s something to be said for not having to be connected to the world all the time, you know?

1. Alone

“Being completely unreachable by anyone for an entire day or more with no one thinking that it was unusual or rude.”


2. Camera

“Taking your disposable camera to get developed, and having no idea if any of your pictures were even usable until you got the pictures back.”


3. Arcades

“Coin arcades in malls. And the malls, I guess.”


4. Printed lists

“A printed list of family and friends’ phone numbers stuck on the fridge.”


5. Movies

“Calling the movie theater or looking in the newspaper for movie times.”


6. LAN parties

“Playing multiplayer video games with all of the players IN the room together. We had some pretty heated N64 parties.”


7. No way to find out

“‘Hey, what was the guy from that one thing?’ / ‘I don’t know.’ / ‘Me neither.’ / ‘Oh well.'”


8. Airports

“When picking someone up from the airport, you could wait for them at their gate.”


9. Just in case.

“Giving a meeting point and a meeting time in case we get lost.”


10. Waiting

“Waiting for the bus without doing anything else other than waiting.”


11. Play and record

“Pressing play and record at the same time.”


12. Home lines

“Home telephones and answering machines. Also with these, memorizing phone numbers.”


13. Floppies

“Floppy discs. My parents had a file cabinet full of those things. I used to save cool Dragon Ball Z pictures off the internet on them for later viewing enjoyment LOL.”


14. Renting

“Renting movies, video games, VCRs, and game consoles.”


15. Binders of CDs

“Keeping a binder full of CDs in your car.”


16. Letters

“I miss penpals and genuine handwritten letters.”


17. Parents

“Landline home phones. And having to talk to your friend’s parents for a couple of minutes while you waited for your friend to come to the phone.”


18. Dial-Up

“Dial-up internet.”