People Share Nostalgia For Things That Were Normal in the ’90s But Are Now Obsolete

As a millennial born in the late 1980’s, I had the pleasure of witnessing some major cultural shifts, the most prominent being the advent of the Internet. While my early childhood was internet-free, as I got older I was introduced to both the wonders and horrors of the world wide web. And at first, I had to use dial-up internet to enjoy them. 

The haunting sound of dial-up internet booting up (and the anticipation that came with it) is just one of the many joys kids these days will never understand. Redditor u/Apart-Scale started a thread last week that covers many of the other norms that have since become pretty much obsolete. They asked fellow redditors to share things that were normal in the 1990’s but have since become rare and nonexistent. Dialup is definitely up there in the mentions, but users offered up actions I hadn’t thought about since, well, the ’90s. I never thought I’d be nostalgic about calling a movie theater for their showtimes, but there’s a first time for everything. Maybe these posts will make you nostalgic, too.