Technological advancements have made many of the things that us '90s kids knew obsolete. For example, the floppy disk is essentially an ancient relic. However, you still see it used as a universal “save” symbol.
Before Pandora, before Spotify…there was Limewire. Well, this wasn’t exactly the most legal way of getting music, unlike the streaming systems we use today, but it got the job done most of the time. Except when it didn’t (you download a song and it turns out to be some amateur cover).
Facebook killed Myspace in the early ‘00s. So kids born exactly at the turn of the millennium probably didn’t have Myspace accounts. But Myspace was life back in the day for us '90s kids. If you didn’t make it into the top eight friends…you meant nothing.
Before hooking up your music library to your car’s Bluetooth, you actually had a physical music library to go through. I used to have two binders worth of CDs in the back of my car during my senior year of high school (2006). The struggle was real though when the backs would get all scratched and your music skipped.
Growing up, when mom and dad announced a Blockbuster trip, you knew it was going to be a good day. Going into the store and picking out the movie was half the fun. But then Netflix came in and crushed Blockbuster. They officially went bankrupt in 2011, but had been declining steadily since the late ‘00s. So kids born in the mid-to-late ‘00s probably have no memory of beautiful Blockbuster.
AIM Away Messages was where us '90s kids could express our deepest thoughts and most melodramatic and passive-aggressive feelings. They were mostly aimed at either someone in your friend group who scorned you or your crush.
Windows may have not had the best features, but they sure as hell had some cool screensavers. This one is the maze; there was also the flying stars and the pipes. I could seriously stare at them for hours, and you know what? I probably did because I didn’t have a smart phone then.
The N64 was released when I was eight-years-old and it was the coolest f***ing thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I played Zelda: Ocarina of Time for about two years straight.Sure, the graphics may be better now, but N64 will always hold a special place in the hearts of ‘90s kids.
Kids today don’t realize just how boring pooping was back in the '90s. You knew the active ingredients of every bottle of shampoo in your bathroom because you would read the labels while pooping like they were written by Tolstoy. Sometimes you can make the mistake of forgetting your phone today and grab a shampoo bottle. Really…it’s not a bad read.
You know, you couldn’t do much with the old Nokia phones (except play Snake and call people), but they sure were sturdy. That battery life lasted forever. Oh, and they sure as s**t weren’t going to blow up in your face.
If you did not have over 100 Beanie Babies growing up in the ‘90s you were pretty much a pariah. You’d trade them, sell them…but not your bears. Never your bears. You always thought that they were worth a fortune. Well, they aren’t.
Smartphones make passing notes in class obsolete. But this was always something you looked forward to during a boring geometry lesson. Getting caught was never fun, especially if you made fun of the teacher in the note. Which you did...because you were a moron.
Unless you’re a hipster or antique collector, your phones are wireless in 2017. Kids today don’t know the struggle of being attached to the phone while having a conversation. Getting tangled up in the cord was no fun either.
Yes. Real-life paper maps. I personally have never used one while driving. I instead used MapQuest (another relic) and would print out directions. But while driving with my parents as a kid, they used these things all the time. They always looked impossible to understand. [Editor's note: They were.]
These toys, along with Furbies, were the coolest toys you could have as a girl in the ‘90s. I legit cried like a little baby when I let my Giga Pet die. I thought I was the worst mother in the world. “Tiger Electronic: Making girls feel like bad mothers since 1978.”
When you were a kid, you would rush home after school and have to watch TRL (Total Request Live) with Carson Daly. This was back when MTV still actually played music on their channel. I guess kids now rush home to watch Teen Mom 2.