People Break Down Things That Were Normal When They Were A Kid That You Don't See Anymore

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The world is ever-changing.

One need only look at the evolution of home entertainment.

First, we had to go to the video store to buy or rent video cassettes, then video cassettes were wiped out by DVDs until video stores became obsolete owing to streaming services.

Making the one-season failure of the Netflix series Blockbuster painfully ironic.

However, those of us who grew up rushing to Blockbuster, hoping the last copy of Jurassic Park will still be there, can't help but wish we could relive the experience.

On the other hand, we are glad to see other things from our childhood have become extinct.


Redditor AnalysisFrequent was curious to hear about things that people used to see all the time in their childhood which have all but vanished leading them to ask:
"What was normal when you were a kid, but you never see anymore?"

Honestly... Rude then, Rude Now!

"Showing up to someone’s house without a text or call."- lpkrew

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Before There Was Bluetooth...

"Cassette tape innards strung out along the highway, glimmering in the sunlight."- bigolfurryhead

No More Second Hand Smoke!

"Parents smoking in a car with kids with the windows rolled up."- WonderfulEmergency77

"Everybody smoked everywhere. At restaurants, the office, airports, everywhere."

"There's a picture of my grandma holding me as a baby in one hand and a cigarette in the other."

"Nobody thought that was the least bit strange."- MeghanFI

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Now We Have Google!

"Using a set of 20 y/old encyclopedias as reference for my homework."

"JFK is president!"- ResplendentAmore

It Got Them Off Shelves...

"Toys in the cereal box"- NightDreamer73

How Sad...

"Fruit bats."

"There used to be a *ton* of them in my neighborhood as a kid and every evening you could look at the sunset as twilight set in and see flocks of bats flying around."

"Apparently, around the time I was in middle school, a fungal disease ravaged the local bat population and they never recovered."

"You never see them anymore."

"Funnily enough though, at the time, a local high school girl had this huge campaign to set up bat feeders to help bolster the local bat population and help them survive the fungal disease by giving them easy access to food."

"Said local girl has since become a federal Park Ranger as an adult and currently works for a state fish and wildlife service."- DoctorWatchamacallit

Now They'll Just Send Them A Text...

"Moms yelling from the front door to their kids to come home for dinner."- sflogicninja

Depending On Your Circle

"People talking about the Bermuda Triangle."- GarconMeansBoyGeorge

Best Not To Give Them Bad Ideas

"Candy Cigarettes."- Mechhammer

They're a dying breed indeed...

"Pay phones and answering machines."- Mondayslasagna

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Even Printers Are Uncommon, Thanks to PDFs...

"Computer paper filled with lightly printed numbers and it had tear-off sides."

"My dad used to bring lots of it home for us kids to draw on."- reverendgrebo

...what were you watching?...

"Quicksand in movies and TV shows."- kzab81

Well That's Poignant

"Fireflies."

'I swear I saw them every year, in our back yard or when we went camping etc."

"Now I never see them no matter where I am, except for a few nights in the summer of '21 after I moved to a new house."

"It was so nice to see them again."- ModernCivilWar

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Sadly, Not Because People Started Reading Maps...

"Printing out directions from Map Quest."- Keone_710

To think there was actually a time when we couldn't say "I'll text again when I'm close" and had to ask a friend to record a movie or tv show we wanted to watch.

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