We can’t help but feel nostalgic in a melancholic way about the things we used to enjoy before new technology took over the world.
Of course, the world is evolving and modern technology is making our daily lives smarter and easier, yet, there are some amazingly valuable things which were lost because everyone got carried away probably more than they should.
Just peek into about 2 decades ago and you’ll notice the truly remarkable difference we’re trying to highlight. Join us in our attempt to revive the cool activities that once were important but are now fading away every day more.
Sadly, the joy of meeting your friends, chatting and sharing personal stories directly whenever you’ve got some free time has now been replaced with texting and video chats, even intimate relationships have been replaced with the so-called “sexting.”
It’s true that modern technology has efficiently improved communication, but it’s also true that it has destroyed its emotional features.
Receiving greeting cards
Do you remember the excitement and tremendous happiness we felt after receiving greeting cards? And the card was truly epic when it came from someone we love or appreciate. Although today’s ecards and emails can hold so much love, they can never compare to real-life cards which we could touch and smell.
Just two decades ago, visiting a friend without previous notice so you can hang out together was perfectly normal.
But in the age of smartphones and social media, it’s rare for most of us to suddenly pay a visit to even a best friend without letting them know when w’re going to drop by and check their availability. Nowadays, gate-crashing is rather annoying or even rude.
Reading the newspaper
Waking up early in the morning and having breakfast or sipping your favorite morning drink while flipping through the pages of a newspaper was such a relaxing activity.
Some people even used to find it relaxing to take the newspaper or a magazine to the toilet if they had enough spare time. Somehow, checking the news using a mobile app just doesn’t offer the same pleasure.
Using printed maps
Today, maps have voices and they can dictate which ways to go in order to reach your destination, which is amazing, but the appearance of GPS and smartphone-based map apps have killed the cool printed maps. This means that you should keep relying on your phone, but also make sure to keep old printed maps handy in case of the apocalypse.
We’ve all enjoyed listening to all types of stories, while some of us have enjoyed telling them, especially when they play the champions. Well, given the fact that there was no easily-accessed, reliable source to verify these anecdotes, many stories often turn into legends. But then Google was invented and spoiled the fun.
Browsing movies at Blockbuster
Back in the day, browsing movies at the ultimate video rental hub was an important part of Friday night. Sadly, Blockbuster has recently waived its last goodbye, as the only few stores that remained were shut down at last. Well, rental videos couldn’t stand a chance in front of new video streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
But take a moment to look back at when you used to meet your friends at the store so you can choose DVDs to watch together, I bet you cannot deny that there was something really special about it, something that the current video streaming services can’t reproduce.
I can clearly remember those times when I couldn’t wait to receive the photos I took during a special occasion or vacation without the littlest idea how they’d turn out. Once we get the photographs, we select the best ones and carefully arrange them in pretty albums.
Unfortunately, those days are gone, along with the curiosity, passion, and seriousness attached to them. Today, digital photography allows us to view and re-shoot our photos in a blink of an eye.
The freedom to have fun unnoticed
Not so long ago, it was possible and so much fun to occasionally go off the limits and enjoy some crazy, uncontrollable partying. Sadly, this privilege was completely smashed thanks to popular mobile apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Now, any dumb thing you say or do can be instantly caught on camera and turn viral in no time.
Unfortunately, most people who go to concerts nowadays rarely enjoy the show, music, and feelings that come along because they are busy trying to record every minute of it on the phone.
The problem is that taking photos and making videos seem to be increasingly going insanely out of control, which is extremely annoying to those who actually want to fully and truly enjoy the concert.
One advice: for once in your life, try to live and enjoy the moment without recording it, better yet, leave your phone at home!