Look, if you were a young adult 20+ years ago, you probably remember that you were given some "solid" advice to help guide you through adulthood.
But even though that "sound" advice worked years ago definitely doesn't mean it should still be given today, especially when technology has advanced and the workforce has drastically changed (you know, just to name a few examples).
So, when user u/KarenTheManagahasked the Reddit community: "What was great advice 20 years ago, but definitely isn’t now?" I figured there had to be some really solid answers to share — and even though 20 years ago was 2002 (honestly, how??), a lot of people also provided answers like it was 1992 (because time doesn't exist).
Here's what they had to say:
1."To look after your phone battery, you should let it go all the way down to 0% and then charge fully to 100%."
2."I remember when my dad told me as a teenager to never be the one to pursue a guy (because I'm a woman). Maybe that was to keep me safe in my youth, but I've since come to realize that most of the dudes who are worth being with are either shy or oblivious, and I have no choice but to make the first move."
3."My dad told me once, 'Son, you shouldn't schedule a single vacation day the first year of your job. It shows you're committed.'"
4."Only spend 1/3 of ONE paycheck on rent? I would be living in a cardboard box."
5."In high school, as part of one of my classes, they brought in a lady who worked in HR for a recruiting firm for a few days to teach us how to do résumés and cover letters. She told us even if a place has the option to apply online, always go in person and pick up an application — because no one takes online applications seriously."
6."Don't forget to print out your directions from MapQuest before you leave."
7."You need to memorize this because you won't have the info accessible later."
8."You're searching for a soulmate on the internet? Lord, you must be insane."
9."Stay at the same company for a very long period. Absolutely not. They show no loyalty or keep up with pay rises. If you want a pay increase and a promotion, it's best to swap companies every one to three years."
10."Spending the whole day on the internet would never make you successful in life."
11."Everyone needs a college degree. Trade school is absolutely the way to go for some people, myself included. And I did both."
12."20 years ago: Don't get in cars with strangers. Today: Get into the car with a stranger that you've summoned to your house using the internet."
13."Stay away from the guy walking down the street having a full conversation with nobody. Now, it's just AirPods."
14."'You can rest when you are dead.' In my opinion, the 'grind' culture is harmful and leads to a lot of physical and mental illness. Stress-induced illnesses have never been as bad as they are right now. Burnouts have never been as high as they are now. Mental health is plummeting. I understand that in some countries you have no choice but to grind to survive, but in developed countries, I do not think society should encourage that mentality. Stress is a disease, and this society is sick."
15."You won’t always have a calculator in your pocket!"
16."That a good education would guarantee high-paying jobs."
17."Buy that house!! Sure, it seems weird that you qualified for such a high home loan, but I'm sure they wouldn't offer it to you if you couldn't afford it."
18."When you dial collect on the pay phone, just say where you are, what time you need a ride, then hang up so as not to get charged."
19."The first dating recommendation I get from a man over 50 is to just approach a woman in the gym...it’s easy. Yeah, not taking that advice."
20."'High school is some of the best years of your life.' Yeah, I might have believed that bullshit back then, but having lived an actual life between then and now, high school was nowhere near my best years!"
21."If your TV isn't working, try hitting it."
22."Take your money, and put it in a high-interest savings account. Sure thing, should I be getting 0.5% interest or 0.8% interest on that?"
23."Cut out fats from your diet because they make you fat."