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22 Things Anyone Born Between 1981 And 1997 Will Probably Remember

If you're a teen, this list isn't for you.

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1. Finding out which movies were on by looking up the listings in your local paper.

You did this on the first day of half term.
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You did this on the first day of half term.

2. Getting a new phone and losing your best score on Snake 2.

Then you had to find the person in your year who was the best at Snake and get them to play on your phone until they hit your high score again. You usually had to bribe them with tuck shop sweets.
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Then you had to find the person in your year who was the best at Snake and get them to play on your phone until they hit your high score again. You usually had to bribe them with tuck shop sweets.

3. Making mixtapes for your friends on actual tapes.

And finding out who was No. 1 by listening to the charts on the radio on Sunday nights.
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And finding out who was No. 1 by listening to the charts on the radio on Sunday nights.

4. Tape-recording your favourite movie if it happened to be on TV.

And then your siblings maliciously recording their favourite movie over your tape.
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And then your siblings maliciously recording their favourite movie over your tape.

5. Having to rewind your rental video before you returned it to the store.

Coming home with a new video and realising the last person who rented it forgot to rewind it was the worst feeling ever, because it meant you had to watch the whole movie backwards before it started.
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Coming home with a new video and realising the last person who rented it forgot to rewind it was the worst feeling ever, because it meant you had to watch the whole movie backwards before it started.

6. Accidentally connecting to the internet on your phone and then immediately hanging up.

You knew it was risky, but you lived for the thrill of pressing internet and then hanging up as fast as you could.
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You knew it was risky, but you lived for the thrill of pressing internet and then hanging up as fast as you could.

7. Low-key learning how to code so your Myspace looked better than all your friends'.

You knew a seriously impressive amount of HTML back then.
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You knew a seriously impressive amount of HTML back then.

8. Sending music between phones using Bluetooth.

There was nothing more frustrating than having to postpone sending your song because the lunch bell rang halfway through your file transfer.
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There was nothing more frustrating than having to postpone sending your song because the lunch bell rang halfway through your file transfer.

9. Hanging up by flipping your phone shut using your face.

The Motorola Razr was the chic-est phone of all.
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The Motorola Razr was the chic-est phone of all.

10. Having to wait until 8pm to call your friend because that's when calls were cheaper.

You got told off if you called them as soon as you got home from school.
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You got told off if you called them as soon as you got home from school.

11. Having to delete last week's homework off your floppy disk to make room for this week's.

Or not realising that your floppy didn't have enough space on it until you were already at school.
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Or not realising that your floppy didn't have enough space on it until you were already at school.

12. The feeling of coming home to a bunch of Myspace notifications.

Especially PC4PC.
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Especially PC4PC.

13. Using the Yellow Pages to find anyone you needed.

It was like the internet but printed on yellow.
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It was like the internet but printed on yellow.

14. Looking up the weather on Teletext to find out whether you should pack an umbrella.

Your parents also used it to book holidays.
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Your parents also used it to book holidays.

15. Aspiring to own a Palm Pilot because it was the epitome of glamour.

Only the most stylish mums owned Palm Pilots.
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Only the most stylish mums owned Palm Pilots.

16. Learning to compose ringtones on your phone.

Once you worked out how to compose a ~cool tune~ you had to write down the notes for all your friends.
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Once you worked out how to compose a ~cool tune~ you had to write down the notes for all your friends.

17. Going to the library to use the internet.

You got a 30-minute time pass, and it took exactly 20 minutes for the internet to actually load.
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You got a 30-minute time pass, and it took exactly 20 minutes for the internet to actually load.

18. Downloading a song off Limewire only to realise that it was a radio recording and the DJ spoke over the end of the track.

Then you'd have to start the entire 60-minute process again.
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Then you'd have to start the entire 60-minute process again.

19. Dialing 141 before someone's actual phone number in order to prank them.

An absolute sleepover staple.
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An absolute sleepover staple.

20. Logging off MSN when your mum wanted to use the phone.

The worst-case scenario was your mum walking into the study to tell you she needed to use the phone, webcam being turned on, and whichever boy you were talking to on MSN knowing you actually had a mum.
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The worst-case scenario was your mum walking into the study to tell you she needed to use the phone, webcam being turned on, and whichever boy you were talking to on MSN knowing you actually had a mum.

21. Going to Boots to get your holiday film developed.

And then finding out that most of your pictures featured your thumb over the lens.
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And then finding out that most of your pictures featured your thumb over the lens.

22. And using Encarta to do your homework.

And then getting in trouble because you'd copied out whole paragraphs of it.
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And then getting in trouble because you'd copied out whole paragraphs of it.