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    29 Things That'll Remind Millennials Of What A Wonderfully Simple Time The Early 2000s Were

    Man, those were the days.

    1. Remember when you'd rush home from school just to jump on AIM to talk to your friends (from school) about everything that had happened that day...

    AIM screen with someone writing "BRB" on it
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    2. ...when this was how you trolled people...

    The warn button on AIM
    AIM

    3. ...when there was no better way to spend an afternoon than flipping through the newest issue of Teen People...

    Copies of People Magazine from the 2000s

    4. ...when TRL was your must-see daily appointment TV...

    Gwen Stefani, Carson Daly, and Ludacris on TRL
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    5. ...when you voted every week for your favorite American Idol contestants like your life depended on it...

    American Idol contestants singing onstage
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    6. ...when it felt like a little victory that your DVR didn't cut off taping the last few minutes of a show you liked...

    A DVR machine
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    7. ...when you had to worry about how many megapixels your digital camera had...

    Ashton Kutcher holding a Coolpix Nixon camera
    Nikon

    8. ...when 90% of the time you spent playing The Sims went to making design changes to the house and making your Sims look like your friends and crushes...

    Screenshot of The Sims gameplay

    9. ...when this was the most gourmet snack you could have...

    A box of Philadelphia Strawberry Cheesecake Snack Bars

    10. ...when the guy yelling "Coming soon..." at the beginning of a Disney video would give you a little startle (even though you knew it was coming)...

    A coming soon to own on dvd & video screen
    Disney/ Roth7000/ youtube.com

    11. ....when the biggest fights between you and your siblings were over who got to use the computer...

    A Dell desktop computer with tower and speakers

    12. ...when you had a 70% chance of having Internet Explorer crashing on you while using it...

    A crasher Internet Explorer page
    Internet Explorer

    13. ...when Windows would shut down and restart on you for no reason — usually while you were in the middle of writing something on Word...

    A Windows XP homepage with shutting down written on it
    Windows

    14. ...when you'd have to call yourself and enter your pin in order to listen to your voicemails...

    Screenshot of hand holding open a LG flip phone selecting the home screen
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    15. ...when there was no more embarrassing feeling than leaving an awkward voice mail on your friend's home answering machine...

    Telephone answering machine, isolated on white.
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    16. ...when going to the mall was an EVENT and not a chore...

    Two people riding down an escalator in a mall
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    17. ...when Sharper Image was a must-stop-at store whenever you visited the mall...

    Exterior of a Sharper Image in a mall
    Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

    18. ...and it was 90% just to sit in their massage chairs...

    Two teens sitting in massage chairs inside a Sharper Image
    Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

    19. ...when you either had a love or hate relationship with Abercrombie & Fitch...

    Two store models inside of Abercrombie & FItch
    Kathryn Scott Osler / Denver Post via Getty Images

    20. ...when there was nothing more fun than going to Borders and sitting on the floor reading magazines...

    Exterior of a Borders Books with a man walking by it
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    21. ...when no stop to Tower Records or the Virgin Megastore would be complete without listening to an album in the kiosk (which is/was gross in retrospect)...

    A person listening to music
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    22. ...when the iTunes Free Download Single of the Week actually mattered...

    An Itunes homepage

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

    A LimeWire home screen downloading music

    24. ...or when you were almost done downloading a song off LimeWire only to have the other user sign off...

    #tbt that moment when you were downloading a song on #Limewire and the other user logs off at 50% completion.. how far music piracy has come

    Twitter: @3neas

    25. ...when you'd always make sure you had extra blank CDs at home...

    A case of Sony CD-R music blank CDs

    26. ...when there was no better feeling than making or getting a 🔥 mix CD from a friend...

    Group of three CD in plastic boxes on white background
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    27. ...when there was always a little fear that someone would walk in while a Girls Gone Wild commercial was playing and think you were watching porn...

    A Girls Gone Wild TV ad
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    28. ...when it was important to get to Blockbuster early on Fridays to make sure you could rent a copy of the newest release...

    A hand holding two DVD Blockbuster rentals
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    29. ....and lastly, when you'd fall asleep watching a DVD and be woken up by the blinking DVD screensaver: