“I Remember When…”: People Are Sharing Big And Small Things That Were “Normal” In The '90s And '00s But Aren’t Anymore
It's very normal these days to complain about inflation and the cost of everything going up. This also allows people to reminisce about "simpler times" when things that were once considered normal are now unheard of or looked at as luxuries.
The BuzzFeed and HuffPost communities chimed in on this topic with answers to a question originally asked by redditor u/zombiem00se: "What was normal 20–30 years ago, but is [not] now?" Here is what they had to say.
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.
1."Watching television for an hour and not seeing 24 minutes worth of medicine commercials."
2."Small appliances — like toasters, blenders, slow cookers, coffee pots, and mixers — all had longer cords back then. Now you have to pay extra to get a longer cord for those things."
3."Back when Sundays were actually observed. I remember as a child that stores were closed and commerce just didn't happen. For many of us, it was and still remains a day that reminds us of our faith. For others, it was a day to commune with family over a meal of pasta and meatballs and either sauce or gravy (depending on your version of Italian, lol). It was lovely, and we still honor this time-honored tradition."
4."Maps. Good old fold-up maps. Sure, a smartphone gives turn-by-turn directions — but where are you really? Try zooming out to get a sense of where you are and small details like towns disappear. Or how the turn-by-turn directions are sending you into Death Valley."
5."I’ve been around for decades, too, and had much better healthcare when I was young and broke than I do as a middle-class adult now."
6."I remember as a kid staying outside literally all day; we were pretty much free to do as we wished. We didn't have cellphones and were just expected to check in at least once so they knew where we were. Parents didn't have the same dangers to worry about, and kids knew how to really play without all this technology and social media. I am only 34 years old, and I remember cellphones weren't even a big thing until I was 17 or 18 and we had pay-as-you-go."
7."Being able to see people off or welcoming them home at the airport gate."
8."I remember when you could buy a decent running vehicle for a cheap price from the owner through an ad in the paper. I can't get a decent running vehicle for under a certain amount now without it breaking down in a month."
10."Having neighbors you hung out with that lived in the same place for YEARS. People move so often that nobody has time to connect like in the old days."
11."When I was a kid, my family (six of us) would go on roadtrips every summer to the Badlands, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, and other places. I looked into doing that recently with my family of three, and nope, it is prohibitively expensive now. And you have to plan everything at least six months to a year out. I remember sometimes just driving and finding a hotel when it got late, no previous reservations or anything like that — even for the lodges on site in the national parks, too."
12."In the '90s, my Doc Martens lasted for years with daily wear. Now I need to buy a new pair every year, and they cost more than they used to."
13."Simpler technology. I was a teenager during the late '90s and early 2000s. There were some major changes in technology during that time, but even then, it was still so much simpler than today. I can't go out and buy a new phone without having to figure out how to connect it to the internet and what apps I need to download in order to access my music and emails."