14 Problems From The 1980s That Kids Today Will NEVER Understand.
Around this time last year, my friend and I were walking around Tokyo when she insisted on finding some hot chocolate. It was freezing out so I happily agreed, and we soon found a charming café. Halfway through, she complained that the heater was on too high and the WiFi was too slow.
Now, that's just one example of #FirstWorldProblems, or fussing over things that are relatively trivial. We are all guilty of it. Here are some other examples found on Twitter (@F1rstWrldPrblms):
"The lowest brightness setting on my phone is still too bright."
"I can't reach my laptop so now I have to surf the web on my smart phone."
"Textbooks don't have control-F so I have to find what I'm looking for like some ancient scribe."
Many of these are specific to our time and are easy to relate to, but have you ever wondered what first world problems looked like before cell phones and their built-in cameras? Before AOL was really available to the public (Note: Members first heard 'You've Got Mail' in 1989)?
User 24h00 recently asked the AskReddit community to share some first world problems they remember while living in the 1980s, and their responses provide even more reason to consider ourselves lucky:
"Phone cords." -Themosthumble
"Sweating buckets when [the] father [of the girl you're dating] answers the phone." -forcebubble
"Having to find a payphone to call someone if you were on the street. Also they may not answer." -Pokemon_Jesus
"Not having money for a payphone so you call collect and say whatever you gotta say real quick so it's free" -ChipperbrownXO444
"Stopping [into] a gas station to use the phone book so you don't have to spend the money to call 411." -AcuteAppendagitis
"Miss your show? Tough luck, better hope they rerun it later in the year!" -zerbey 471
"Or worse you sit down to watch your show, but it's time slot was moved. Now you have to flip through the TV Guide to figure out when it's on. Only to realize it was on last night." -MjrJWPowell
"Making sure you order your triptik from AAA in time for vacation." -AcuteAppendagitis
"Developing your vacation pictures just to realize you had your finger on half the pictures." -TtoxRS
"Some idiot spoiled Empire Strikes Back before I had a chance to see it in the cinema." -LonesomeDub
"Cassette tape jammed and got crinkled in the middle of your favorite song. (Yes this actually happened. More often that I'd like)" -Dirtydeedsinc
"Having to get up and push the A/B switch when you wanted to play Atari." -AcuteAppendagitis
"The batteries of my walk man run empty too fast..." -KittyPitty
"The card catalog in the library. Use that thing or just wander over in the direction of where you think books are that you like or need." -saatana
I remember some of these, but kids today will never know these struggles. For those of you who lived through the 1980s, what would you add to this list? Which decade did you enjoy more, the 1980s or the 2010s thus far and why?
You can find more responses from the AskReddit community here.