There are so many things that are great about technology that it’s hard to know where to start. Computers give us instant information and make work, school, and life in general a whole lot easier. Social media allows us to connect with just about anyone in seconds. Cell phones ensure that we will (almost) always be able to reach the people we need. The list goes on and on.
But the same tech things that make our lives easier and more convenient also have a negative side. In fact, in a lot of ways, technology ruins things that used to be great. For me, one of the greatest losses is the decline of magazines, newspapers, and books. When you can read everything online or on a tablet, why buy paper versions of anything? I have a deep appreciation for magazines, newspapers, and books, which is why I’ll never be able to bring myself to read on a tablet – I still get print versions of everything. But I can’t say the same about the majority of the people I know, and that makes me sad.
So when I saw a Reddit thread on this asking “What used to be fun but got ruined by technology?” I knew I had to share it. I love modern technology, but at the same time, I deeply resent it. Whether you agree or not, check out these 15 things that used to be fun until technology ruined them.
Renting Moviestuktu: Walking through Blockbuster with my friends, when we were teenagers, and picking out movies or asking the people who worked there what they thought we should watch. Such good memories. I love Netflix and similar super-convenient ways to get movies, but the death of Blockbuster saddened me. I agree. There was something really enjoyable going going to Blockbuster by yourself or with friends, and trying to find a good movie to watch. Don't get me wrong, I'm completely obsessed with Netflix, Hulu, and Redbox... but I miss Blockbuster.
Getting Pictures Developed-eDgAR-: I always thought it was fun not knowing what your pictures looked like until you got them developed. It was so exciting to get the envelope and go through them, like opening a present. I couldn't agree more. I used to love taking pictures, not being sure exactly how they would come out, and then taking them to get developed. It was SO much fun to go through all of your pictures for the first time, coming across hilarious ones you forgot about, and unexpected gems. Now we can take 25 photos before finally getting the perfect one, and looking through pictures isn't even as fun. Source: ShutterStock
ConcertsDanzo-Is-The-Best: Concerts. Now it's just a group of people holding up their f****** phones instead of enjoying the moment. Ugh, exactly. Every single concert I go to, there is always that one person in front of me who insists on holding their phone up the ENTIRE TIME to record or take pictures of everything. I mean, really? First of all, that's so rude. Second of all, doesn't your arm get tired? Just enjoy where you are without having to record every second of it. Source: ShutterStock
Going Out To EatSmellTheRosacea: Going out to restaurants or any public place for that matter. I really try to keep my phone in my pocket when I am with people, because I think it is rude to use it. Most people don't understand this concept, however. It is pretty disappointing what we have turned into. THIS. I hate going out to eat with someone who stares at their phone most of the time. I end up sitting there awkwardly, not sure what to do with myself. Source: ShutterStock
Being AloneBlatantConservative: The ability to be alone for more than a day and not get people angry at you. I'm a bit of an introvert, so my idea of a good time on some weekends is finding a good book and laying down and reading. I like to maybe turn my phone off (depending on whether or not I'm texting a girl or not), and I usually wont talk to anyone or have any human interaction for about a day. Then, the next day I check my email and Facebook and phone and stuff, and people are getting pissed that I'm not responding to them immediately. Its not even usually for important stuff, usually its people asking for the homework assignment or something. There's no rule saying that I have to pay attention to everything all the time, and it certainly does not mean you can be angry about it. It pisses me off when people expect instant responses for mundane things. Yup, exactly. Because of technology, we're all expected to be available at any minute of the day. It's not fair, and it puts so much stress on all of us. Source: ShutterStock
Catching Up With Friendsreallyanybody: Catching up with an old friend you haven't seen in a while. Try to tell someone something cool in your life, and they say, "oh yeah, saw that on Facebook..." Or they start to tell you about something, but you already know all about it because of Facebook. Everything anyone wants to talk about, they already shared with Facebook. It's true! It's just not the same anymore, unless you guys aren't friends on Facebook. Source: ShutterStock
Buying MusicLess_than_5: Hearing a song and rushing out to buy the cd or tape and then taking it home to listen to every song just to discover there is an awesome hidden track. Today you hear a song and you buy the mp3 of just that track. So many great b-side tracks would've never have been heard and now will likely never be heard. Buying music instantly online is great. But I still miss waiting for a new CD, and being so excited to buy it, and then listening to it on repeat. I miss making mix tapes and mix CDs... now I can't remember the last time I saw a CD. Source: ShutterStock
Pushing People Into The PoolRobotTrumpetBaby1213: I miss being able to push people into a pool and not have to worry if they have their phones on them. In a weird way, I sort of miss those parties where you ended up pushed in the pool at the end of the night. Is that odd? Source: ShutterStock
Socializing In GeneralDominic24: Socializing. Going out. Letting loose. Now, everyone has a frkn camera phone and you can't just have a wild moment without someone wanting to put it on YouTube or something. Before when a photo was taken at a party or whatever, it stayed in a photo album and between friends, now it goes online where your boss, future spouse, or whoever else can see. Exactly. I'm guilty of doing it, but I still miss the times when things were more personal, and everyone enjoyed hanging out without having their cell phone out. Source: ShutterStock
Going To The MoviesQEDomelets: Going out to the movies. It isn't really dead at all yet, but thanks to Netflix, society is making the switch, slowly but surely, to not going outside of the home to watch a movie. Sure, you can see a film the day it's released and grab some popcorn for about $15, but why not just wait for it to be released on Netflix and save money? The true movie experience is slowly but surely dying. Remember when you were really excited to see a movie, and you just had to go to the theater? Now it's like, eh, you could spend the money... or you could wait, because a few weeks after it's out of theaters, it will be available on DVD. Granted, the theaters kind of forced this on us considering it costs $7 for a small bag of popcorn, but still. Source: ShutterStock
Readingthepanichand: Reading the paper. There are great swaths of people who will never know the pleasure of slippers, coffee and the rattle of newsprint on a rainy Sunday morning. Weekend editions are the best. This one makes me so, so sad. Source: ShutterStock
Birthdaysroyal_rose_: Birthdays; there used to be an effort in someone else's birthday.. now it is just wishing them a happy birthday on social media. I realized this when I deleted Facebook and only two of my friends remembered my birthday; I know the birthdays off the top of my head of the fifteen people I'm closest to. Now guess who is getting sh*t for theirs? Like seriously it is not that hard to do buy a f****** calendar and send a f****** text. I feel like now birthdays have turned into a competition to see how many people will comment on your wall. It's just less personal now. Source: ShutterStock
Making Prank Callsrnumbers123: Prank phone calls. Prank calls aren't the same now, because no body picks up blocked numbers anymore, and literally everyone has caller ID. Another thing you can't do? Call your crush and hang up when he answers. Source: ShutterStock
Playing Video Gameslonelyextrovert: Having a four player video game co-op session with your friends in one room. Playing online is fun, but having your buds right there is another level of fun. I've never been that into video games, but I can totally see how someone could miss something like that. Source: ShutterStock
Urban Legendskarlhungis: Urban legends. MTenebra: With the power of Google and smartphones, you can't bullshit people easily anymore. I mean, it's basically impossible to trick people at all anymore. Everyone has access to information! Source: ShutterStock
Which of these things do you agree with? Which do you disagree with? What did we forget? Tell me in the comments!