The difference between being 14 now and 14 then (1999):
- There was no texting. I had to call my friends on the phone and make plans by actually speaking to them. The phone I used was the house phone; a line I shared with everyone else. I didn't even get my first cell phone until I was 16! (Good ole Motorola Star-Tac flip phone with 2 rows of digital display that showed numbers only... no letters. Oh- and it was a pre-pay phone.)
- We FINALLY got dial-up internet at my mom's house, soon to be upgraded to cable internet. And we thought it was fast.
- Myspace, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter did not exist. Google was JUST launched, Gchat was not an option. We used MSN Messenger, ICQ, and AIM to communicate online.
- When we wanted to transport music we burned CDs with songs we downloaded illegally off of Napster or Ares. MP3 players were a thing of the future, and nobody knew what an iPod was. (and I also downloaded a shitload of viruses with my music). We had to play our CDs in our car with a portable CD player and cassette tape adapter.
- Only rich people had laptops. And they were ugly.
- I used a shit ton of disposable cameras - I'm not sure if digital cameras were around then, but if they were, they were SUPER expensive and I definitely didn't own one.
- I was in LOVE with Lance Bass of N*SYNC
- I was blissfully ignorant of the pain of losing a loved one
- I knew my friends and I would never drift apart (this is probably the one thing that is still true, to a certain extent)
- My only worries were what I was going to wear to school, how I was going to get to the next football game, and whether I should do my homework or not.
- I got my money from babysitting. And never had to pay taxes.
- I was planning on a full-ride scholarship to a prestigious out of state university, becoming an amazing interior designer, living in a big city, going to a job I love every day, falling in love and getting married at 24 or 25 (which seems soooo old when you're 14)
Anyways, I thought it was interesting to think about all of the things that have changed over the last 10 years. I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot, but these are what popped into my head last night and this morning...