21 signs you grew up in the ‘90s

This post might make you feel old—or look around at the youngest interns in the office and think, ‘They’ve never recorded a TV show on a VHS tape?’

As a Gen Yer, I’m aware that I was part of the first generation to grow up with the Internet and cell phones. But I can’t help to think about all the things that I grew up with that Gen Z (that’s anyone under the age of 18) and future generations won’t know about.

Here’s my somewhat nostalgic list of all the things people who grew up in the ’90s know how to do that is now obsolete.

1. How to save a file on a floppy disc

2. The Dewey Decimal System

3. Dial-Up Internet

4. When AOL used to be the sh*t

5. How to record something on a VHS tape

6. When all you could do on a cellular phone was talk

7. The point of a pager/beeper

8. Walkmans

9. How to place a collect call

10. How to find your way using only a map and no GPS

11. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

12. How to get a Furby or Tamagotchi to shut up

13. How to write in cursive

14. How to do the macarena

15. Just how awesome the original “Double Dare” and “Legends of Hidden Temple” TV shows were (and how awesome ’90s Nickelodeon shows were in general).

16. How awesome and frightening AOL chat rooms were

17. The secrets to collecting the best Beanie Babies and POGs

18. How to entertain yourself without YouTube videos (oh wait, the Internet in general)

19. The thrill of using Napster

20. How to send a fax

21. How to survive high school without Facebook

Jessica Malnik is a PR/marketing coordinator, social media specialist and videographer. She writes on her personal blog, where a version of this article originally ran.

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