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Never Have I Ever? Nine Everyday Things People Don’t Do Anymore

OK, so there are a couple of things I’ve never done.

Jumped out of airplane.

Eaten at an Olive Garden.

Mowed a lawn.

But I have listened to a cassette tape. (Cassingles were the BEST).

Printed something at home.

Used a typewriter.

Wound up lost and had to – OMG – USE A MAP! (It’s very Dora the Explorer. I suggest people do it for fun and to get a vague idea where they are in the world. Christopher Columbus would BE SHOCKED AT OUR LACK OF AWARENESS!)

Yet, there’s a GROWING number of people who have NEVER done these things.

What sort of generation are we raising if they’ve never experienced the agony of dialing a number with a lot of zeros on a ROTATY PHONE?

I’ll tell you what kind of a generation. ONE THAT HAS NEVER SUFFERED.

Listen, I get it. Progress is progress.

Here Are Nine Everyday Things People Don’t Do Anymore.

(Which makes me sad for them and also sad for me, because this means I am ancient.)

  • 11% haven't bought a physical newspaper.

    I know it’s old school, but there’s something about reading an actual newspaper that feels better than reading it online. Try it. You’ll feel like a grandfather, but you’ll be more informed!

    Apollo 13

    Print technicians of the Evening Standard (Apollo Special) newspaper read the freshly printed front page of the newspaper which reads: ‘They’re Back Alive, Alive-O’, UK, circa 17th April 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • 44% haven't written to a pen-pal.

    This was BIG in the 70s and 80s. But now you can text. The sad part is “Beaches” wouldn’t exist without pen-pals!

  • 36% haven't sent a fax.

    I just did because I had to deal with the IRS, which apparently thinks it’s still 1987. I had to download an app because we don’t even have one in our corporate office. GET IT TOGETHER IRS!

    North & South Korea Restore Cross-Border Hotlines 55 Days After Suspension

    (Photo Handout by South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

  • 14% haven't used a public pay phone to make a phone call

    NYC Art Installation Features Phone Booths To Listen To Immigration Stories

     (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • 9% haven't sent a postcard

    (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)


     (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • 42% haven't smoked a cigarette


     (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

  • 25% haven't made a phone call on a rotary phone

    Rotary Phone

       (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • 19% haven't paid for something using a check

    That’s funny, because I seem to ALWAYS be behind the one person writing a check in the checkout line at Shaw’s.

    Bank Cheque

     (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

  • 10% haven't used a wall calendar to keep track of birthdays and events

    watercolor coffee calendar