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21 Totally Normal Things You Did Growing Up That Now Feel Strangely Outdated

Gone are the days of angrily slamming your flip phone shut.

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2. Looking up your new mate's number in the phone book because you hadn't memorised it yet.

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This also extends to having a mini phone book full of your friends contact numbers, addresses, and all that stuff. And if you lost that phone book... well bye, bye social life.

3. Backing up all your important stuff on floppy disks.

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It's crazy to think that most kids won't realise that this is what the "save" icon on their computers actually looks like IRL.


7. Looking up summer jobs in the classified ads of your local newspaper.

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OK I wasn't old enough to experience this, but I have so many questions. What if someone was joking? Wasn't it EXPENSIVE to call all these job ads???


12. Watching crappy daytime TV when you stayed home sick because nothing else was on.

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Watching those mind-numbingly boring soaps your mum adored is a thing of the past thanks to the beauty of Netflix. But now there's too many choices, ugh.


13. Driving over to the local movie rental store to pick up some DVDs for the weekend.

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Absolute tragedy when you were looking forward to renting a classic Disney movie and it was already gone.

14. Buying international calling cards to call friends or relatives that lived overseas.

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These expensive little cards were totally worth it... until the balance ran out in the middle of an important conversation, leaving you with a climatic dial tone.

16. Running out of credit and having to dial 1800 REVERSE so you could make a call.

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True story: One time my sister used this service and my parents ended up paying $10 for that single call. Anyway, I'm glad that phone plans are a proper thing these days.


19. Racing home from school so you could talk to your friends on MSN Messenger or AOL.

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RIP to those endless hours spent crafting the perfect "away" message. Bonus points if you had angsty song lyrics to reflect your ~mood~.

20. Angrily slamming your flip phone shut when you had a particularly annoying conversation.

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The most satisfying feeling tbh, but now all you can do is ~gently~ toss your smartphone onto your bed.