15 Totally Modern Problems That Just Weren’t a Thing in 1989

1989 was a good year (and a good album, T Swift). Things were simpler, we were all less connected, and it was a lot easier to turn off once we left work for the day.

So much easier.

But that’s just the start – here are 15 other 2019 problems that weren’t a thing in 1989.

#15. Airport security.

Waiting in line to go through airport security.

#14. Texting and driving.

Texting and driving.

Edit: distracted has for sure been a thing ever since there was something possible to drive. Specifically though, texting and driving became more and more of a problem as texting got cheaper and easier.

#13. Toilet reading.

Being in the toilet without your phone lol I can’t count the number of shampoo bottles I read in the 80’s and 90’s.

#12. Unplugging my book.

having to unplug my book so that I can charge my cigarette.

#11. You flip it over.

Putting a USB in but it dosen’t work so you flip it over and realize you had it right the first time

#10. Used to be you could be left alone.

Being left the fuck alone. Used to be you could disappear for the day and nobody was getting a hold of you until you came home.

#9. Can I come see the cockpit?

Captain…..can I come see the cockpit?

#8. No adult supervision.

Kids under 10 years old being out and about with no adult supervision

#7. The best vacations.

Always being “reachable.” I cannot count the number of times when my wife would call and I don’t answer (for whatever reason). She calls back 5 minutes later like ‘where have you been!?’

Some of my best vacations have been ones with no cell service.

#6. Ohhh…

Having a drink with Bill Cosby.

You wouldn’t think back then anyway.

#5. No i-home.

Your home deadbolt lock running out of batteries

#4. Ring rin.

Phone going off in a movie theater.

#3. No smoking.

It blew my mind when my mom told me that the hospital asked if she wanted a smoking or non smoking room when she had me.

And people used to smoke while they shopped for groceries. Just flicking ashes on the floor like it’s no big deal.

#2. A million dollars.

Trying to retire comfortably on a million dollars.

#1. Because you said the wrong thing.

Having millions of people you’ve never met actively trying to dig up dirt on you and generally ruin your life because you said the wrong thing.

The 80s might not really have been the good ‘ol days, but one thing’s for sure – life will probably never be that simple again.

Until the apocalypse, anyway.