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What I Learned – Things Teens Did In The Late ’90s That They’ll Probably Never Get To Do Again

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Think about it, when was the exact last time you paged a friend?

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Record something off the TV using a VHS tape:


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Take mall photos with your friends and then trade the (wallet-size) pictures with other friends:

Mr. Yates SAYS there’s a story behind this very 90s pic. I prefer to think him and his friend were walking through the mall in their SICK Quicksilver clothes and thought: IMPROMPTU JC PENNEY PORTRAIT STUDIO PHOTO SHOOT TIME!

02:30 PM – 16 Apr 2018

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Write down everyone’s phone number, address, and email address in a day planner (as well as carry around the wallet-size photos of your friends in it):

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Page your friends and get a page:


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And wear your pager around like this (so everybody knew you had one):


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Go in person to a Ticketmaster or box office to buy concert tickets and get a printed physical ticket back:


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Look up a phone number in the yellow or white pages:


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Join a random chat room and pretend to be someone else just to fit in:

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Call your BFF and know you had an at least 90% chance that their parents or sibling(s) would pick up the phone:

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Use a payphone:


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Think of the people in The Real World as older and cool:

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Order CDs from Columbia House (that you never paid for):

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Order a bunch of magazines from Publishers Clearing House (that you never paid for):

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Receive a teen magazine you loved in the mail:


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Install an AOL CD so you could have free internet time:


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Watch a viral video on a VHS tape:

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Look at porn in a magazine or watch it on a VHS tape:

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Or try to watch porn on the scrambled pay-per-view or adult channel:

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Receive a gift certificate* to a store you wanted for your birthday:


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*For those who might be too young to know, gift certificates were the precursor to gift cards — but, unlike gift cards, there was no way to trace them if you lost them and they couldn’t keep a balance. So if you didn’t spend the entire thing, the store would usually just give you the remaining balance back in cash.

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Listen to an album on a portable CD player:

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Buy an entire album for just one song:

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Buy a pricey imported CD single from artists you really liked just for the B-sides or remixes:


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Read magazines in the magazine section of Tower Records or Virgin Megastore:


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Pick up a local alt-weekly to see what concerts were happening or look up movie times:


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Carry around your various discount and reward cards with you at all times:

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Order clothes from a catalog:

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Take photos with a disposable camera:


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Have a skincare routine that involved these astringents:

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And, finally, use dial-up:

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