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31 Things That’ll Make Anyone Who Lived Through The Early '00s Say "Shit, What A Different Time"

Life was simpler, but also harder. And you had to worry about your damn minutes all the time.

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1. Remember when you'd get upset after you printed out your MapQuest directions and forgot to choose the black-and-white color option so you just wasted all that color ink for nothing...

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2. ...when it was important to get to Blockbuster early on Fridays to make sure you could rent a copy of the newest release...

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3. ...when you had to decide which journal platform to blog on like Dead Journal, Xanga, and, of course, Live Journal....

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4. ...when entire seasons of your favorite TV shows on DVD were expensive as hell...

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5. ...when you had to worry about how many megapixels your digital camera had...

Nikon

6. ...and memory cards were kind of crappy, so you would have to make the tough decision of what pictures to delete when you ran out of space...

7. ...when you needed one of these to listen to your music in the car...

8. ...when finding a song took an hour...

9. ...when the iTunes Free Download Single of the Week actually mattered...

10. ...when you had to upload album covers to iTunes...

11. ...when you would load up your LimeWire download queue, go to bed, and pray that that shit didn’t time out by the morning...

12. ...when LimeWire didn't have what you wanted so you had to look on Morpheus, Kazaa, Soulseek, and Audio Galaxy...

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13. ...when you needed to use your friend's cellphone but they gave you a hard time because of their "minutes"...

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14. ...and then you'd have to wait until after 9 p.m. because it was free then...

15. ...when you were jealous of your friend for getting a phone with a keyboard...

16. ...when "5-4-3-2-1, and now the world premiere of the brand new Britney Spears video" was the highlight of after school...

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17. ...when keeping your Neopet alive was a daily struggle...

18. ...when this was the movie series you had to sneakily watch behind your parents back...

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19. ...when you had a secret section on your buddy list dedicated to people who went to your school who didn't know you had their screen name...

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20. ...when you had to come up with a vague and slightly dramatic away message on AIM so that your friends would call you. Bonus points if you added emo lyrics to your profile when you got in a fight with a friend...

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21. ...when this was how you trolled people...

AIM

22. ...when going to Best Buy meant wandering around the CD section for way too long...

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23. ...when the flash was your biggest enemy when taking a mirror selfie with your digital camera...

24. ...when you got incredibly jealous of your friend if they got an iPod because you were stuck with some shitty second-rate MP3 player...

25. ...when having gum was the equivalent of being rich, but it also meant that you had to lie and say "last piece" otherwise everyone would ask you for it...

26. ...when this was how you screened phone calls...

27. ...when it was an absolute nightmare to watch videos on the internet because this shit never worked...

28. ...when you cared about what color N64 to get...

29. ...when you had to try 3D food...

30. ...and also vanilla soda...

31. ...and most importantly, when this was FASHION.

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