No Cell Phones
In the time before tablets and people giving their kids small personal phones with email and text options, This plain, clunky bastard was it.
Imagine the struggle of having one single house phone and having to remember phone numbers :(
And if you were a kid and actually did need to call someone, You better make it quick. Because if you were on that line more than a few minutes you would inevitably hear an adult screaming for you to "Get off the godd*mn phone!"
No Coddling Of Any Kind
Back in the day, there were no anti-bullying campaigns or any other kind. So you either got good with these.....Or you got your ass handed to you by anyone who felt like it, And for any reason they deemed necessary.
And there was no use crying about it because nobody really cared. Matter of fact, Some parents wouls kick their kid's asses again just for losing, or they would make them go back and fight again until they won.
That's why I never understood the 'terror' of these cyber bullies. The only way one of them could make a kid from my generation cry is from laughter. And after they got done laughing at these wimps, They would find out where they lived and go show them how a real bully made someone cry.
One good thing, though Is you never seen crap like this
Having to handwrite your book reports and essays
There were no other options, Except possibly using a typewriter.
And after you got done writing one of these 10,000+ word bastards you almost get a failing grade because the damn teacher can't read your handwriting.
Simple But Insanely Difficult Video Games
There were two difficulty settings back then, Impossible to beat and give up, Already.
And save features were a luxury not many games bothered having. It was not uncommon for kids to throw their systems against the wall on stomp the hell out of them in a psychotic display of utter frustration.
Having to 'blow' your video games before they would play.
And you have to find the right angle so you could see your Gameboy enough to play it....And you had to hope you never forgot to save a game before the batteries run out.
Dial-up and Windows 95 were your only options
This could take forever, Depending on your location. And it was heart-wrenching to get all the way to the end and get a connection fail :(
I remember when it took like 2-3 day to download an 11-second porn clip, And you had yo be that sucker on a loop to do any good. And, You have a hard time complaining about windows XP and anything after if you were unlucky enough to have ever used Windows 95
Having a cassette tape get 'eaten'
Then having to untangle that mess and keep it straight while you rolled it back up with a pencil.
Going to rent a new movie and find all the copies already rented out.
VCR tapes could get 'ate' too. And it was a pain in the ass if you ever had to take one apart and put it back together.Not to mention having to adjust the tracking till you could see the damn thing then rewinding it when done.
Some of these are still applicable in the poorer parts of the world. So the more things change, The more they stay the same.