"Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' into the future."
As the world around us becomes more modernized, you might start to realize that a lot of the skills you needed to use as a child are almost completely obsolete. Either technology has gotten to the point where you no longer need to make do with what you grew up with, or you've simply become old enough that these childish things are of no interest to you.
You might think that since you were only a kid, growing up in the '80s or '90s, that you weren't particularly good at anything. After all, most people gain more skills the older they get.
However, if you really think about it, I bet you'll be surprised at how many skills you did have as a child and just how totally useless they are in today's world.
It's enough to make you feel pretty old.But rather than allowing the weight of our mortality to weigh us down, why don't we take a pleasant stroll down memory lane instead? Here are 29 skills children born before 1996 had — how many do you remember?
1. Fixing a Cassette with a Pencil
2. Memorizing Phone NumbersI can still remember my best friend's number, even though I haven't dialed it in approximately 15 years. And, of course, it was really her parents' number. Everyone remembers having to ask politely if your friend could come to the phone, right?
3. Dialing a Rotary PhoneOh, heavens help you if there was more than one zero in the number you were trying to dial. It took forever.
4. Making Collect CallsAnd saying your name was "I'm-at-the-mall-please-come-pick-me-up" so your parents wouldn't have to accept the charges.
5. Writing in CursiveThere are a lot of elementary schools that are skipping this particular lesson. And to think you concentrated so hard on those uppercase Fs!
6. Filling out a Bank Slip
via: ShutterstockMost banks still have deposit and withdrawal slips in the lobby, but when was the last time you filled one out? When was the last time you went inside a bank, for that matter?
7. Rewinding a VHS TapeThis was 100 times easier if you had a cool automatic rewinder. The ones shaped like a car! I did not have one of those.
8. Printing out Mapquest Directions
9. Reading a MapReading a road map is another skill that later generations probably aren't quite as good at (not that that's necessarily a bad thing!). Being able to read it was one thing, but being able to fold it? That was a whole different skill set.
10. Using a PagerAnd using the "secret code" you and your friends came up with. You know, because you couldn't text each other.
11. Crafting the Perfect Away MessageAnd furiously Googling song lyrics that seemed deep enough to express how you were truly feeling.
12. Using Phone Cards
13. Using the Phone BookIf you can believe it, I got a phone book delivered to my house a few weeks ago. I immediately put it in the recycling bin.
14. Using *69
via: ShutterstockDid someone try to prank call you? Quick, call *69 on those tricksters!
15. Crafting the Perfect Mix CD
16. Carrying Your CD Player in Your Pocket
17. Playing Pinball on Your Computer
18. Keeping Your Tamagotchi Alive
19. Doing This:
20. Looking Everything up on the Computer Encyclopedia
21. Or Using an Actual, Physical Encyclopedia
via: ShutterstockRemember when this was your main source of information for a research paper?! How far we've come.