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    25 Pre-Cellphone Problems People Born After 1998 Can Never BEGIN To Understand


    1. Being forced to memorize EVERY phone number:

    Twitter: @briancanetti

    Every. Single. Number.

    2. Or just making a huge list you had to check all the time:


    And tucking it in some rando drawer.

    3. Talking on the phone so long you ended up tangled in the cord:

    4. Or stretching the phone cord to get a little privacy:

    5. Only to get the dreaded CORD KNOT:

    Twitter: @AntWheels

    The horror.

    6. Hearing the worst words in the English language:

    Twitter: @TheOldManClub

    The horror (x2).

    7. Having ZERO idea who was calling at any time:

    8. Unless you had one of these bad boys:

    9. And if you DID have a caller ID, prank-calling people thanks to these two numbers:

    10. Pictures remaining a mystery right after you took them:

    11. And then having to wait an hour for them to develop:

    12. Only to have them all come out like this:

    13. Not to mention "aiming" your pictures:

    14. Actually having to print out directions or using a map like a BARBARIAN to find your way around:

    15. Or just going to the nearest gas station and hoping you'd remember everything:

    WTF does "east" mean??? I look like I got a compass?

    16. Having to search for movie times in the newspaper:

    17. Or having to search one of these giant books just to order a dang pizza:

    Twitter: @karenharter

    The ancient text.

    18. The bathroom loneliness before you could just mindlessly scroll your phone:

    19. So many shampoo bottles were read...SO MANY:

    The ingredients of a conditioner bottle deserves the Nobel Prize for literature.

    20. Actually having to get out of the car to get your friend when you went to pick them up:

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    Instead of just texting.

    21. Calling collect with one of these artifacts:

    Twitter: @LizbethAgue

    Or just saying "HEYMOMPICKMEUP" before you had to pay.

    22. Using a watch out of necessity just to know what time it was:

    Twitter: @DolansGorgeous

    Remember needing a watch?

    23. Using the ORIGINAL text message:

    Nice and discreet.

    24. Having your own "personal" landline phone:

    Usually a clear phone or something shaped like a food item.

    25. And yelling "I'M ON THE PHONE" every 5 minutes:

    Twitter: @brominski

    "NOT NOW MOM."

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