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22 Things That Made 2006 Different From 2016

Bring back polyphonic ringtones.

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1. Square-tipped French manicures.

False nails were cool in 2016, but square-tipped nails were not. Back in 2006, you were aiming for lots of white bit and very sharp edges.
Twitter: @missmilnesnails

False nails were cool in 2016, but square-tipped nails were not. Back in 2006, you were aiming for lots of white bit and very sharp edges.

2. Playboy belly rings and phone charms.

In 2006, nothing was cooler than the good old Playboy bunny. It's a real travesty that belly rings and phone charms didn't make a comeback in 2016.

3. Making thumb holes in your jumpers.

In 2006, showing the skin between your thumb and your pointy finger was 100% lame. In 2016, it was fine.
Twitter: @Fluffy_Fury

In 2006, showing the skin between your thumb and your pointy finger was 100% lame. In 2016, it was fine.

4. Being Myspace famous.

In 2006, it was all about the Myspace fame. In 2016, being Instagram famous was cool.

5. Plucking your eyebrows into teeny tiny sperms.

In 2006, eyebrow hair was very uncool. But in 2016, it made a huge comeback.
Twitter: @courtneyconquer

In 2006, eyebrow hair was very uncool. But in 2016, it made a huge comeback.

6. Kelly Osbourne.

In 2006, Kelly Osbourne was the arbiter of cool. In 2016, no one really knew what she was up to.
Suzan / Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

In 2006, Kelly Osbourne was the arbiter of cool. In 2016, no one really knew what she was up to.

7. Fake tan.

In 2006, it was better to be streaky than pale. In 2016, streaks were well and truly out.
Twitter: @bethrankin__

In 2006, it was better to be streaky than pale. In 2016, streaks were well and truly out.

8. Changing the language setting of someone's phone into another language.

In 2006, there was no funnier prank than changing someone's phone into another language. In 2016, it wasn't that funny any more.
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In 2006, there was no funnier prank than changing someone's phone into another language. In 2016, it wasn't that funny any more.

9. Watching movies on your iPod Nano.

In 2006, no one minded squinting through an entire movie. In 2016, squinting was considered a bit drab.
Twitter: @St4kTw2aq

In 2006, no one minded squinting through an entire movie. In 2016, squinting was considered a bit drab.

10. Embarrassing email addresses.

In 2006, having the email address sxy_blonde_90@hotmail.com was desirable. In 2016, email addresses got less creative.
Twitter: @harry_styles

In 2006, having the email address sxy_blonde_90@hotmail.com was desirable. In 2016, email addresses got less creative.

11. Following specific fashion rules that were tailored to your body type, set by Trinny and Susannah.

In 2006, you couldn't wear a long skirt if you were short, and having a pear-shaped bum was something to be ashamed of. In 2016, you could wear what you wanted.
Twitter: @aimee_amelia

In 2006, you couldn't wear a long skirt if you were short, and having a pear-shaped bum was something to be ashamed of. In 2016, you could wear what you wanted.

12. Thongs that were pulled up so high they poked out of the top of your trousers.

In 2006, it was cool to let people know you had a permanent wedgie. In 2016, underwear was much more comfortable.
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In 2006, it was cool to let people know you had a permanent wedgie. In 2016, underwear was much more comfortable.

13. Grainy selfies featuring the digital camera you took the selfie with.

Selfies are still cool in 2016, but showing your camera is no longer in vogue.
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Selfies are still cool in 2016, but showing your camera is no longer in vogue.

14. Beauty and the Geek.

In 2006, watching an attractive person date a smart person was highly entertaining. In 2016, people were allowed to be both smart and attractive.
Seven Entertainment

In 2006, watching an attractive person date a smart person was highly entertaining. In 2016, people were allowed to be both smart and attractive.

15. Polyphonic ringtones that you could buy out of an album sleeve.

In 2006, it was very cool to have a polyphonic version of a small segment of your favourite song as your ringtone. In 2016, everyone's phone sounded the same.
Twitter: @Aymemusic

In 2006, it was very cool to have a polyphonic version of a small segment of your favourite song as your ringtone. In 2016, everyone's phone sounded the same.

16. Jumpers with shirt collars and cuffs sewn into them.

In 2006, no one wore a shirt and a jumper. In 2016, people did.
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In 2006, no one wore a shirt and a jumper. In 2016, people did.

17. Straightening your extensions and backcombing your real hair.

The only reason people backcombed their hair in 2016 was as part of a Halloween costume.
Twitter: @unstableAF

The only reason people backcombed their hair in 2016 was as part of a Halloween costume.

18. Text speak.

Typing out the whole word was desperately uncool in 2006. But in 2016, it's fine again.
Twitter: @rexara__

Typing out the whole word was desperately uncool in 2006. But in 2016, it's fine again.

19. Wearing a studded belt slightly off-centre.

In 2006, everyone copied people in bands. In 2016, no one cared which way their buckle was facing.
Twitter: @akitxru

In 2006, everyone copied people in bands. In 2016, no one cared which way their buckle was facing.

20. Flip phones, especially the Motorola Razr.

In 2006, you hung up by shutting your phone with your face. In 2016, you physically had to press the hang up button.
Twitter: @BeamMeUpSofi

In 2006, you hung up by shutting your phone with your face. In 2016, you physically had to press the hang up button.

21. Juicy Couture tracksuits.

2006 was all about being comfortable. 2016 was about taking that luxury away from us.
Kevin Willocks / EMPICS Entertainment

2006 was all about being comfortable. 2016 was about taking that luxury away from us.

22. And finally, concealing your lips.

In 2006, having lips was a closely guarded secret. In 2016, lips were out and proud.