It’s really hard being a grown up in the new millennium! Not only does time seem to move faster and faster individually, as it does when you get older – but the world as a whole seems to be spinning faster compared to the somehow tranquil 90s and 80s. Digital developments like ultra-fast home computers or smartphones have turned our lives upside down very quickly, and who knows what the future holds? What was innovative a year earlier is now obsolete. Honestly, you can’t help feeling outdated yourself! It’s just too hard keep up…
In this respect it is at the same time comforting and painful to look at everyday objects of the last century. On the one hand, you can rejoice, because after all, you are still here – on the other hand, these things make us long for (supposedly?) easier times…
Here are 30 things that used to be commonplace when we were young – and seem completely outdated today!
#1 Those chunky monitors
#2 Our childhood heroes
#3 Eat that, Spotify!
#4 Viennetta, the posh ice cream of the 90s
#5 Actor Jonathan Hyde, who helped shape the ’90s with films like Richie Rich, Jumanji, Titanic and The Mummy – though sadly no one knows his name
#6 This Fisher Price farm
#7 Rental stores (that wonderful smell of plastic and cigarette smoke!)
#8 Console Tvs (and the NES, of course!)
#9 This blanket that could be found on every couch in the 80s
#10 Comics on chewing gum wrap
#11 Chemistry class in this room
#12 Does anyone still know The Pagemaster?
#13 Buying audio cassettes at a store
#14 Our favorite characters from Land Before Time
#15 What it felt like to thumb through index cards at the library
#16 Your parents‘ stereo – and the metallic clacking sound when you closed the glass door
#17 These beautiful VHS Covers
#18 Lined paper you used in elementary school
#19 Every cinema back in the ’90s
#20 Splinter from the Turtles immortalized on a knitted sweater
#21 When will cable phones (and this perfectly matched look) make a comeback?
#22 Tupperware like this
#23 Wooden playgrounds without newfangled frippery
#24 Former companions of our everyday life, which we simply can not throw out
#25 Such coasters
#26 The criminally underrated Super Mario Bros. 2
#27 Your grandparents‘ Hollywood swing
#28 An ashtray from McDonald’s
#29 Do you still remember datasettes?
#30 A Pager (hardly anyone had one, so yours was kind of useless)
Can you think of other things or experiences that seem out of time and outdated today? Tell us in the FB comments!