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37 Things People Under Age 17 Will Just Never Understand

2003 VMAs >>> every VMAs after it.

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1. That when fighting with a friend you needed to be the FIRST to remove them from your Myspace Top 8.

'Cause it was a POWER MOVE.

2. That this was the exact moment when the VMAs peaked:


Honestly, it has been downhill since then.

3. That you needed to have a secret ~sassy~ email address that you only used with your friends and crushes.

4. That MTV's DisMissed and Next were the original Tinder.


Those shows really, really did prepare you for today's dating world.

5. The extreme jealousy you felt when your friend got a Razr.

LBH, it still looks good today!

6. How you could NEVER get the smell of Abercrombie's Fierce cologne out of the clothing you bought there.

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7. That this made you smell like wet Doritos:

Even though it smelled weird, you couldn't help but slather yourself in it.

8. That the only way to kick off the school year was with a one-shoulder bag.

9. The joy you got from secretly discovering your crush's LiveJournal.


And reading every single thing they posted.

10. The cultural importance of "Lady Marmalade."

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11. That there was no more satisfying sound than the click of an iPod wheel.

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And being careful not to click too fast or else you'd skip over the song or artist you wanted to hear.

12. The frustration of trying to use an iPod transmitter in a car.

13. The brilliance that was Clone High.


14. The importance of an Ashanti and Ja Rule duet.

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15. The pleasure of illegally downloading music overnight and having it on your computer by morning.

16. That you had several backup pirating sites in case the site you were using got shut down.

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You usually found out about them through word of mouth.

17. The struggle of deciding how to fill 80 minutes on a CD.

18. The roller coaster of emotions that went into burning a CD.

And the feeling of defeat you got when it failed to burn.

19. That The Sims was low-key about creating a make-believe life story about you and your crush.

Or sometimes celeb crush.

20. How IMPORTANT and ICONIC this duet was.


21. That there was no better way to spend a Friday night than cruising the aisles of Blockbuster with your BFF ~looking~ for a DVD to rent.


Usually you just ended up renting the same movie AGAIN and AGAIN.

22. The intense pressure to create a perfect AIM screen name.

23. That this was the most iconic and romantic kiss in a movie, ever…

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24. …and this was the most romantic movie.

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25. The hysteria that happened when we all found out that t.A.T.u. were faux lesbians.


It was always suspect, TBH.

26. How any time you hear “Come Clean," you immediately think about Laguna Beach.


♬ Let the rain fall down / I'm coming clean, I'm coming clean ♬

27. Knowing you had a 50% chance of this happening anytime you used Internet Explorer:

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And shaking your mouse around anytime it happened.

28. Watching the red carpet just to see which member of Destiny's Child got the best (coordinating) outfit.

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It was usually Beyoncé, of course.

29. Knowing there was never a bad time to insert a quote from Napoleon Dynamite...

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30. ...or Mean Girls into a conversation.


31. All the words to "Hey Ya!"

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32. The little rush of excitement you felt when you heard "And now the world premiere of..." when watching Making the Video.


33. The fear of the blacklight test on Room Raiders.


34. How good it felt to scream all the words to “Hollaback Girl."



35. That the only address you knew in New York* was 1515 Broadway.

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*Of course, unless you lived in New York.

36. The joy of passive-aggressively putting shady lyrics in your AIM profile because you were mad at your friend.

37. And finally, any time you think of Britney and Justin, you think of these ICONIC outfits:

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Hopefully these outfits are being preserved at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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