These days, graphing calculators are like mini computers. Be honest; you couldn’t ace a test without them. But back in the day, your parents had to use basic calculators to solve their math problems. How the hell did they do it? They just did.
Now, thanks to modern technology and smart phones, you could easily use your phone to record a lecture. Then, your parents had this big clunky thing. It was annoying to carry around, they were always out of tapes and they are still not over the time they accidentally recorded over their favorite Madonna cassette tape.
Taking notes meant writing on pieces of paper until their hands were cramped and numb. They didn’t have laptops to take to class to type everything out. And if they needed to copy notes, they had to make copies or write them all out. Google docs was not a thing back in the day.
Forget the internet, they had to use card catalogs to look things up. And dictionaries. And encyclopedias. You better count your lucky stars that you have Google because you don’t even know what they had to go through.
Now we use our phones for everything, including setting the alarm. But back then, there were these things called alarm clocks and if the power went out, the alarm did too. And then they missed their class and their test and it was the worst.
These are not drink coasters, they are floppy disks. And it held every bit of information that was important to them. It was easy to break and it sometimes fell apart. You are lucky that you now have disk drives. Total game changer.
And if they met someone at a bar or at a frat party, they needed a pen and paper to write down their number. And they needed to make sure they weren’t too drunk so they didn’t lose the number. That could be their soulmate! Getting someone’s number was a multi-step system and it was easy to mess up. Especially with alcohol involved.
Before Facebook invites and Craigslist, there were bulletin boards. If they needed to sell something, they made an ad. If they were looking for things to do, they relied on the cork board. And there was a whole lot to sift through.
There was no sitting in a room with friends and playing video games with groups of people. If they wanted to play video games with dorm mates and friends, they had to get off their lazy asses and go to an arcade. Have you ever been to an arcade?
Forget “Netflix and chill." It was more like, “Get up and put on clothes and get in the car and go to the store and look at all the movies and pick the one everyone agrees on watching and pay for it.” There wasn’t much chill to the process at all.
This was before digital and smart phones. So taking pictures was done on film in an actual camera. Then they had to get them developed and pay for them to see if any of them turned out okay. They never knew what you were going to get.
If they wanted to go somewhere, they needed to write down detailed directions or invest in a map. There was no Mapquest, Google Maps, Waze or navigation systems. It was just them, their car, the open road and some directions.
If they were out and lost their friends, that was it. You just met them back at home. You couldn’t call them or text them or call someone else or text someone else looking for them. You could look around for them, but that was all you could do.