15 Struggles That Kids Today Will Never Know

They have no clue what we had to go through!

With the way technology is changing, there are quite a few things we had to do when we were younger that kids these days will never have to experience. From the quirks of landline phones to the way we listened to music, here are 15 struggles that kids today will never know.

15) Taping Songs from the Radio

We would desperately try to avoid clipping the song or getting the announcer’s voice on the finished tape! We had quite a few funky mix tapes recorded this way.

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14) Finding an Incomplete Phonebook

We remember turning to the right page in the phonebook at a phone booth only to find someone had torn the page out!

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13) Waiting at a Payphone

We used to have to wait for our turn to talk. Sometimes this was how we called for our parents to come get us and we really had no choice but to wait it out!

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12) Having to Talk to Your Friend’s Parents

Whenever we called our friends we had to talk to their parents before we could get to chatting with our buddies.

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11) Being Dressed by Your Parents

You wore what they bought for you!

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10) No Film, No Pics

Time was when you had to make sure you had film before a big event, otherwise no pictures! Now everyone just seems to use their phones!

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9) Damaging the Phone Cord

It was easy to get the phone cord warped and twisted from too much twirling and stretching, especially since most of us were trying to get a little privacy.

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8) Trying to Get Hair Curlers to Stay In

It was a real struggle all night. Man, we had some rough tries with this one!

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7) Siblings Getting on the Other Phones in the House

They just wanted to disrupt your phone conversations! In houses with two phones and spiteful siblings this was a real issue.

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6) Dropping By Spur of the Moment

We used to to just drop by a friend’s house, sometimes only to realize they weren’t there and with no cell phones there was no way to reach them.

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5) Having to Go to the Library

Research was so much more complicated back then! We would go all the way down to the library just to use the encyclopedias.

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4) Forgetting to Rewind the VHS Tape

We would just be getting all settled in before realizing that we now had to wait for the tape to rewind and it put a damper on movie night.

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3) Mashing the Tracking Button

We would have done anything in the hopes of clearing up the picture on a VHS tape!

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2) Waiting for the Bank to Open

There was time when we had to wait until the bank opened in order to cash a check or deposit money.

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1) Having to Wait Until Saturday Morning

In order to watch our favorite cartoons we had to wait until Saturday morning. Heaven help it if the kids didn’t all agree on the same channel, because you only had one shot!

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