29 Pre-Internet Woes Under-30s Don't Get
My analogue struggle.
You had to to use the house phone in front of your parents to speak to your mates.
The only way to have a private conversation was to use a phone box.
You actually had to remember everyone's phone number.
Your memory was already pretty fried trying to remember the bus and train timetables too.
Your parents held a special wrath for when you spent all your money in town and reversed the charges to call for a lift home.
You'd be in constant turmoil over whether to wait in for your mates to phone you and invite you out, or go out away from the phone but hope to bump into them anyway.
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.
If you did have a mobile, you could only text one person at a time, and only had 50 free texts a month.
When you took photos, you had to wait to finish the film and for them to be sent off and developed before you could see them.
And then half of them would turn out to be shit.
You were screwed if you wanted to hear a new album before buying it but it wasn't on the listening post in Our Price.
Unless of course you could track it down in your local library.
If the inlay of an album didn't have the lyrics, you just had to guess them.
Discovering cool bands was like doing a serious research project.
If you wanted to see a particular music video, you just had to sit and wait until MTV happened to play it.
Scratches on your favourite CDs were constantly ruining your life.
You had to spend ages taping any CDs you wanted to listen to outside your house.
You'd know the batteries were going on your Walkman when the music started to get weirdly slow.
Accidentally taping over a compilation someone made you was a huge risk.
Just tapes full stop.
You had to buy an actual magazine to find out what was on telly.
Unless you had Teletext, of course.
If there was nothing good on channels 1–4, there was simply nothing on telly.
Getting the perfect signal on your bedroom telly, and then knocking the aerial out of position was the worst thing ever.
When Rachel and Ross kissed for the first time in Friends, you had to wait a YEAR to find out what happened next.
Messing up VideoPlus+ numbers meant you constantly missed things you wanted to record.
Going to the video shop and finding the film you wanted was already out was a true weekend ruiner.
You couldn't settle arguments by googling to prove you were right.
In the absence of funny GIFs, you had to use your face or words to express feels.
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