Back in my day, if you missed something on TV you had to wait for it to be repeated again. We didn't have the fancy pants iPlayer on Demand malarky you younguns have these days.
Back in my day, you had to beat a video game by figuring out everything by yourself. You could also talk to other people who had that video game to know the better approach in the hardest difficulty. No tutorials, gaming magazine tips were trash, no cheats, no YouTube walk-troughs
I have a niece that is 10 now and she gets surprised by the fact that we didn't have cell phones or any way to communicate with each other while we were out. I wouldn't have thought it was a big deal to imagine that (since that was our normal life) but it is to her. She also thought it was wild that we didn't have GPS. Her whole life there was a GPS in the car and on everyone's phone, she is used to that being the normal way people drive around. The idea of paper maps, pulling over and asking strangers for directions, and even just getting lost is not something her generation is used to.
I typed short messages with T9 on a nokia3210. And when she didn't reply to our angsty messages, we threw it against a wall. And it still worked.
Back in my day we had to make sure everyone in the house was off the phone and wait for dialup to connect, for pages to take quite a bit more than a millisecond to load, and once we found just what we wanted, shut off the internet because mom wants to make a call to the neighbor.
Back in my day if you wanted to text you had to press the fucking buttons multiple times to get a letter. You want the letter S? Better press that 7 button four times.
Back in my day, you actually had to call and talk to someone on the phone if you wanted to communicate with them. None of this texting stuff. It was horrible.
Back in my day if you wanted to write a paper you had to get your mom to drive you all the way to the library so you could flip through a couple hundred drawers of index cards and find the one with the book you wanted, look for the Dewey Decimal number on the shelf, find the place where the book belongs and then find out that some other chump already checked it out.
The only easy place to get information online was Wikipedia, but the internet was still young and your teacher wouldn't trust it. You could always use a real encyclopedia, but they were always out of date. You just had to go to the librarian and have them hold the book for you so you could get it whenever it was returned.
Two weeks later you'll come back and try to check out the book only to find out you had $2.64 in late fees because last year you kept a Goosebumps book for over a week.
You kids today. All you have to do is load up Library Genesis and pirate whatever the hell you want.
When I was your age, I had to browse the internet without an adblocker. And we could choose between Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
When I was a kid, computers were this big thing the size of a textbook! You kids are spoiled with this whole "inter-cranial implant" thing.
Back in my day, we had nine planets.
I had to wait for downloads to complete. None of this 'instant gratification' bullcrap.
I had to ask my girlfriend's dad if I could speak to her when I called their phone.
Back in my day, I had to drive one mile to Blockbuster if I wanted to watch a movie.
Back in my day, we had to listen to older people complain how we had things so easy.
"I had to apply to a dozen jobs before getting an interview!"
That is, if job-hunting improves.
In my day, we had to make plans in advance, and we actually respected the time and date we agreed to.
I used to get kicked off the internet if somebody called the house!
Oh, yeah, also there used to only be one phone line per household!
We had to agree when and where to meet and if someone didn't show up you couldn't call or text them. You just had to assume they had died.
One of the six-year-olds at my work asked me what iPads were like when I was a kid. I told him we didn't have them, and he couldn't comprehend it. He said, "Did you only have Kindles?"
We had these books called TV guides and had to organize our day by what TV show was on at what time! No seriously! on demand streaming wasn't a thing!
The other day I told my niece I'm older than YouTube and Google, and she asked if I was also older than the moon. Since when does a four-year-old have such a well developed sense of sarcasm?
"I had to walk 20 miles uphill both ways in the snow-"
"It was frozen water, it would fall from the sky."
"But Earth is too hot for water to freeze."
"Exactly, but in my day..."
I had to make a career in an economy where education meant nothing, a dollar didn't buy anything, houses were not affordable and the generations before me horded wealth to the point where I don't stand a chance until they all die off and the inheritance starts to trickle down.
Without a cell phone, I had to read the shampoo bottle on the toilet.
I had to wait 10 minutes to download a song on Limewire.
When I was your age, I had to go six figures into debt for a decent education and pay it off for decades!
Back in my day, if we wanted to watch a movie again we had to rewind it.
Had to write in cursive.
Back in my day my parents could afford a mortgage with 2 middle class jobs.