A time without Tinder, smartphones, omnipresent Wi-Fi, and synced Spotify seems unimaginable to some. The truth is, many millennials (specifically Generation Z) have never been exposed to the world of DSL, VCR, floppy disks, and mixtape cassettes.
Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) December 28, 2016
Nuanced responses are coming in, with a range of users recalling their own childhood and youth featuring exclusive verbiage that many kids today probably cannot comprehend.
Pull tab soda cans. Black and white TV. A naive sense that Republicans cared about democracy. https://t.co/P2VBW7QOSs— Moltz (@Moltz) December 28, 2016
words like "nazi" and "white supremacist" are meant to be insults https://t.co/i20825ap6m— beanie sanders (@filth_waste) December 28, 2016
Kids these days could never understand the teenage struggle we had with porn— Bret Buzz (@ImTellinTim) December 28, 2016
Here's one: Figuring out you might not be straight bc you heard lesbian porn on 1 of those channels— secretbutterfly (@secretbutterfly) December 28, 2016
The utterly terrifying illustrations in 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' https://t.co/8RKUxCsQ38— joel (@JoelNihlean) December 28, 2016
Hit 'Record' at the right moment to get the perfect last song off the radio for Side 1 of the mixtape you're making https://t.co/8RKUxCsQ38— joel (@JoelNihlean) December 28, 2016
And going to clubs and dancing *to guitars* (Specifically, the Smiths.) @ThatEricAlper— Anthea Pitt (@antheap) December 28, 2016
Waiting 3 months for the latest edition of NME to arrive (imported via sea mail).— Anthea Pitt (@antheap) December 28, 2016
.@ThatEricAlper you had to memorize EVERY SINGLE phone number to your friends' homes— Gary King (@grking) December 28, 2016
Placing a phone call via an operator; party line telephones; my grandad having the only phone on the street (10c a call).— Anthea Pitt (@antheap) December 28, 2016
You have to push down the play and record buttons together— Eoghan Sweeney (@buileshuibhne) December 28, 2016
Don't worry, I've got plenty of battery left on my phone, I charged it last Tuesday— Chris Creegan (@ChrisCreegan) December 28, 2016
If you told friend you'd meet somewhere at 12p you HAD to be there on time, otherwise you'd miss them w/ no way to contact— Dennis Crowley (@dens) December 28, 2016
the hours of fun that came from owning one of these pic.twitter.com/Q8xoSGCwKK— Harriet Green (@HarrietRGreen) December 28, 2016
Hitting the black-and -white TV on the side and top to get the picture to stop rolling.— Larry Altman (@LarryAltman) December 28, 2016
The map is in the glove compartment.— Jeff Mayes (@midnightdog) December 28, 2016
MiniDiscs are the future— Chris Creegan (@ChrisCreegan) December 28, 2016
If it's not working, take it out and blow on it— Chris Creegan (@ChrisCreegan) December 28, 2016
The meme has also made its way to Reddit, and the responses there have been even better.
But nothing beats the hilarious reality of needing a phone line to surf the web.
Stop using the internet, I need to use the phone— Chris Creegan (@ChrisCreegan) December 28, 2016
Add your memories to the thread via Alper’s Twitter here.