This article was originally published on Kueez
Kids today have it all, and they still seem less than happy and somewhat ungrateful about it. So, it's okay to feel like telling them "you will never understand the struggle". If you grew up in the '90s (lucky you), then here are 45 pictures that will surely make you smile and trigger some nostalgic moments. So, let's take a walk down the memory lane.
1. Oh, Not This Again'
Kids today don't know the error report struggle. It was so irritating.
Believe it or not, getting rid of the error report was one of the most challenging tasks. Most people used to turn off the computer and go to bed.
2. When There Was No Need to Go To The Gym
This is something most kids nowadays wouldn't even recognize (hint: it was replaced by buttons like everything else).
Back then, there was no need to go to the gym as it took a lot of strength to get the car's window down by using one of these levers.
3. The Story of Every School Project
'90s kids can confirm how they used to make unnecessary decorations with the help of WordArt gallery.
It may look absurd now, but it was a hot feature back then amongst students.
4. Believe Me, The Struggle Was Real’
The kids of today’s generation will never know the effort '90s kids had to put into just to type a simple text.
As today’s smartphones make texting so easy, 90’s kids had to really want to send a simple message such as, “I miss you.”
5. Think Your Internet Is Slow?
Saving a file back then was a time-consuming task, it could have taken years.
Legend has it that some people are still waiting for their files to transfer.
6. The Perfect Collection
Ah, those good old days when collecting movies and software CDs was considered a great passion.
People used to have these awesome CD collection cases that they took everywhere.
7. Hot Jeans
This style may seem very strange to the kids of today, even '90s kids are wondering why they were popular.
Nevertheless, these pants were a big hit in the 1990s, especially in 1999.
8. The Beautiful Dial Tone
You can almost hear that unforgettable dial tone just from looking at this photo, can’t you?
Those were the times when the internet was super slow and you would have to yell to your sister to get off the phone so you could use the computer.
9. Oh, No God, Please, Nooo!
It was a time when texting your bf/gf required a lot of patience.
To add to the frustration, there was little space in your phones memory that made many people lose their minds.
10. This Is So True!
Have you seen middle schoolers recently? They no longer have to suffer through the "awkward phase", and it is so unfair.
Kids nowadays are so much more fashion-conscious than we were at those ages. Some are better dressed than most adults.
11. Microsoft Memories
This photo shows how difficult it was to just turn off the computer.
Yeah, time flies and now it has changed so much that most of us are forgetting where it all started.
12. Multiplayer Problems
Kids back then had to improvise to overcome the problem of multiplayer gaming.
This photo shows how difficult it was to play with keyboards as controllers.
13. The Best and Smoothest Thing
Most gamers or non-gamers must be licking their lips after seeing this one.
This round ball inside the computer mouse was a fascinating thing. Did you know that it was a round steel ball inside.
Who remembers this handheld digital pet? It was a great idea to teach children how difficult it was to have a pet.
RIP to all the Tamagotchies that are no longer with us. A moment of silence for them.
15. When You Needed These To Look Cool
Remember these poplar portable media players? Before the iPods, these were considered a big deal. Carrying it around just to hear your favorite songs was not easy.
And let's not forget the fear of dropping this bad boy. One fall and it's all over.
16. Tangled (1990)
The youths of today will never understand the frustration of getting tangled in one of these chords.
And thanks to smartphones, we no longer see this frightening sight anymore.
17. When Every Photo Mattered
Today, we carelessly take hundreds of selfies just to upload one of them.
With Kodak’s color print film, you could only take a handful of photos, and it was not cheap. So there was no one bold enough to start snapping away freely.
18. One Task At A Time
'90s kids will remember that no one could be on the computer when you wanted to make a phone call.
If someone ever tried to make a phone call, the phone would make weird noises and guess what…a disconnected internet.
19. Cheat Codes Love
Ah, the classic paper full of cheat codes that no one would understand today.
Remember how you could have ladies chase you around or make your car float over water with these cheats.
20. Manual Rewind Struggle
With just one easy tap on your screen you can easily rewind your favorite songs.
Careful this image may trigger nostalgia or frustration or both.
21. Different Roads, One Destination
'90s kids can confirm how they had to go through multiple menus just to reach their ultimate goal; the Games section.
It may seem like a lot of work to kids of this decade, but we had no problem with it.
22. Ah, Those Were The Best Times
As today all you have to do is block the number, it wasn’t that easy before smart phones existed
Those were simple times and everything wasn’t as complicated as it is now.
23. Fancy Pencils
These fancy pencils were more fragile that the screen of smartphones nowadays.
You would beg your parents to give you money to buy these at the school store. Then, after a day you lost one part and the whole thing became useless.
24. High Stakes
Who remembers this famous game, ‘Minesweeper’ that used to keep us entertained for hours?
One wrong move and you are gone. How many of you were able to finish this game?
25. ‘Take Me Back To Good Old Days’
This used to be the best place for many kids of the ’90s.
How exciting it was to check each movie and decide which one to watch. Can anyone bring us some tissues?
26. Yeah, It Was Devastating
It was truly sad to have to sing the wrong words because there were no lyrics in the CD booklet.
Unlike today when you can easily find the song, it was not that easy back then and you had to live with it.
27. It Was Worth It
Just like you couldn’t find the song because CD booklets only had pictures of the bands, it was not easy to get your favorite songs onto your phone.
Hence, recording it was the only option that was free and simple. However, you had to ensure that no one was making any noise.
28. Don’t Worry, We All Were
Most of us grew up watching our favorite cartoons and TV shows on this TV, you might’ve forgotten one crucial part.
The part where you had to physically get off the couch to change the channel or volume – that was unpaid labor.
29. No One Uses These Anymore…Right?
Thanks to the internet, these are no longer used, unless people use them to sit or stand on.
Nevertheless, the struggle was real when you had to find a number in it.
30. Floppy Disk for Every Subject
With a rectangular plastic enclosure, a floppy disk used to store data and was considered important.
However, it became obsolete and they haven't been produced since 2011.
31. A Must-have Item in Most 90's Teen Bedrooms
Having these in the bedroom used to make any 90's teen super happy.
Who wouldn't love a plastic uncomfortable chair that you had to blow up yourself.
32. It Needs A CD Buffer
With CD in those times, one scratch would mean irreversible damage was done.
How will you listen to "Oops I Did It Again" on repeat now?
33. When Recording Videos Was Awesome
With these tapes, you could easily record things that you like to watch later.
Whether it is your wedding video or a baseball game, it was a great thing to have.
34. Why God Whyyy?
Waking up on a saturday morning was not a big deal when you were excited to watch cartoons.
However, waking up too early on Saturday would mean that you had to watch infomercials before cartoons. who cares about the Thighmaster.
As the gaming industry has evolved a lot over the years, we can’t forget these little beauties.
Getting to come home after a long day of school, and play Super Mario Brothers was the best.
36. The “No Internet” Struggle
If you remember this then you've been through the "no internet" struggle.
All we have to say here is "Please, please bring it back!"
37. I’m Ready
Recharging your phone account back then was not as easy as it is now.
Although the 90’s kids have become acustomed to a more advanced world, they all secretly want to go back. What about you?
38. Seriously, It is So True
It was so scary to go through all the trouble to use the internet after midnight only to wake up your parents due to the loud dial-up sound.
We always believed that the dial-up sound was always louder after midnight because the internet didn’t want us to use it when everyone else was sleeping (wink-wink).
39. The Risk Was High
Unlike today when you can contact your crush though different mediums, back then it wasn’t easy.
There was always a lurking fear that his/her parents would attend the call or might be listening to the conversation by picking up the other phone.
40. When Gaming Was Tough
As kids nowadays have access to the latest gaming consoles, the 90’s kids had to go through a lot just to play their favorite games.
For instance, playing Game Boy with nothing but the street lights required a lot of patience. Kids back then knew the importance of patience.
41. When You Used to Play The Wait Game
It can also make you feel sad but then again, life moves on and we have to say goodbye.
It was surely a great feeling to record your favorite song.
42. Dreams Crashing
Kids nowadays don’t know the trouble of copying your favorite songs onto a CD only to see the “no disc” message on display.
Burning a CD was a huge task back then and it was really frustrating to see all that effort go to waste.
43. Internet Was Surely A Luxury
Kids nowadays are able to enjoy fast internet and the prices are quite reasonable as well.
Back in 2006, the internet was still a luxury. That also explains why people didn’t spend hours on the internet doing nothing.
44. This is Sad
Times have changed and now things are much simpler than before.
However, a part of us feels sad and we want those good old days to come back. Whyyyy?
45. The Time When Ceefax Ruled
There was a time when Ceefax was the world's first Teletext information service.
Times changed and it ended on 23 October 2012, marking an end to a great past.