29 Pre-Internet Woes Under-30s Don't Get

My analogue struggle.

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1. You had to to use the house phone in front of your parents to speak to your mates.

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And even if you were lucky enough to have more than one phone, there was always the risk one of your family would pick up the other line for a sneaky listen.

7. There was always a risk your friend would be waylaid before meeting you, but wouldn't be able to let you know once you were out already.

8. If you did have a mobile, you could only text one person at a time, and only had 50 free texts a month.

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Group chatting a commentary of Take Me Out with 10 of your mates was but a far-flung dream.

18. You'd know the batteries were going on your Walkman when the music started to get weirdly slow.

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The more melancholy your taste, the harder it was to tell whether the power was waning.

23. If there was nothing good on channels 1–4, there was simply nothing on telly.

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Unless you were one of the few fancy Dans who had Sky, and even then it was slim pickings.

26. Messing up VideoPlus+ numbers meant you constantly missed things you wanted to record.

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And if programming the code foxed you too much, there was a risk you'd set the VCR to record at 8am instead of 8pm.