1. Writing Out Words
Texting full words? That’s for moms. Kids these days wouldn’t dare text something as complicated as “love you” when it can be simply abbreviated as “LY.” And if you’re a parent, you should probably get with the times, because text message shorthand is here to stay.
2. Missing TV Episodes
Missing shows like “Saved By The Bell” and “Salute Your Shorts” always used to be a major bummer. Thankfully, even with their busy social schedules, kids today never have to go through the hardship of missing their favorite TV show. With options like DVR and Hulu, watching TV live is becoming a thing of the past.
When you log into your inbox, the massive amounts of graymail (newsletters, daily deals, and social updates) make it hard to find the stuff you really want to read. But thanks to Hotmail’s graymail features, crowded inboxes are becoming a thing of the past. Find out more about graymail here!
5. Seeing Friends & Family While Abroad
Traveling abroad can be an amazing experience, but leaving behind family and friends can be hard. Luckily, kids these days can simply jump on the computer and and see everyone they’ve missed in real time. Even pets!
6. Paying For Music
We’ve come a long way with the price of music. In a decade where CDs have become obsolete and sites like Megaupload shutdown, more and more kids are heading over to Spotify. And although it may be completely free to stream music, artists are also able to make money!
7. Reading For School
Need to read Catcher In The Rye for school by tomorrow? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that. In this day and age, even spark notes seems to be outdated. Audio Study Guides allow kids to skip reading entirely. Teachers, you hear that?
8. Awkward In-Person Communication
Don’t have the time to sit and catch up on all the gossip with your friends? That’s okay, we’ve got Facebook and Twitter! Social networks are also great for avoiding all of that unnecessary and sometimes awkward in-person communication.
9. Writing A Letter
Remember the days of pen pals? Now we’re all just e-mail buddies. Kids today don’t bother writing letters when they can simply post on a wall or e-mail.
10. Spelling Words Correctly
Middle school English - is that still a class? It doesn’t take much effort to find out how to spell a word these days. With Spell Check options available on basically every platform, knowing how to spell complex words off the top of your head is becoming less and less common.
11. Carrying A Camera
When was the last time you carried around a 2nd device for taking pictures? No need! Phones now come equipped with super mega-pixels and awesome applications like Instagram and Dotti. With all these advances in camera phone technology, point and shoots just aren’t as important as they used to be.