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Things you hate about present compared to the past

I hate how everyone is tripping over each to be the biggest extrovert to get the most attention on social media and in real life. People’s egos have multipled x100 in the last 2 decades. It’s exhausting and annoying, has ruined relationships and the workplace. A bunch of lying frauds constantly staring at their phones.

by Anonymousreply 112November 21, 2023 6:47 PM

I miss going to stores like Blockbuster. Renting movies felt so special.

by Anonymousreply 1November 17, 2023 3:29 AM

I miss when being online was the exception to the rule. I would go on a vacation in the early 2000s and not check my email for the entire week.

Now, being offline is the exception to the rule.

by Anonymousreply 2November 17, 2023 3:31 AM

This could be an age thing on my part. On one hand it's sort of good we have the more mindful approach like safe safes and so on.

On the other hand, I feel something slipping away and being lost. With the bad going, so is the good. Things change.

I understood this when I was on Ayahuasca. Things need to change and can't remain the same or it's death.

by Anonymousreply 3November 17, 2023 3:51 AM

The death of nuance. Twitter killed it, and tik-tok tossed the corpse over the edge of a lonely mountain road.

by Anonymousreply 4November 17, 2023 3:53 AM

R4 I blame Tumblr, much as I enjoy that site. It’s what started the “your fave is problematic” culture.

by Anonymousreply 5November 17, 2023 3:54 AM

[quote]I hate how everyone is tripping over each to be the biggest extrovert to get the most attention on social media

Yeah, I can't imagine back in the day a dad coming home after a hard day's work to find his wife had spent much of the day memorizing dialogue from a TV show or movie and lip synching it while filming herself on TikTok. Or, back in the day, a guy videotaping himself while hiking or setting up a tripod to film himself working out at the gym or shooting basketball. And imagine someone showing you a photo album but first cuing music for background while you turn the pages...and all the photos are of them! It's all quite strange. The 90's were better than today in many ways, I think.

by Anonymousreply 6November 17, 2023 3:55 AM

I miss not being drowned in email.

JFC, very website sells your information and you get drowned in bullshit. I can’t even keep up.

It’s fucking depressing, I just stopped checking. I HATE all of the endless emails.

Even when you unsubscribe, it never stops. They just use another email address to get by the filter. I wish I could block them all.

by Anonymousreply 7November 17, 2023 4:11 AM

Although I'm very grateful for doctors and nurses, they really should go back to the old days of NOT dancing in TikTok videos, especially during a pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 8November 17, 2023 4:20 AM

Back in my day you could go to Taco Bell with $3 and come away with a bunch of food. They had good things on the menu for 39 or 49 cents.

by Anonymousreply 9November 17, 2023 4:32 AM

No privacy. You sign up for one thing and your personal information is sold, everywhere. And, then if there's a hack you're really fucked.

A thousand and twelve passwords. Hate them.

Knowing every thought of my friends and acquaintances, via social media. Bad break up? They whine about it, forever. Mad at their kiddo's teacher? Won't STFU about it. They have the runs? Fifth post this week. Everything that goes through their minds, they vomit into their social media feed.

by Anonymousreply 10November 17, 2023 4:34 AM

I miss actually having to go out to interact with other people. You'd give your number to some guy and wait by the phone for his call. There was no checking up on him using social media. Everything was sexier and more mysterious.

by Anonymousreply 11November 17, 2023 4:37 AM

I miss the death of romance and idealism with the devolution of social media to the lowest common denominator. Now we're monetized, capitalized, stratified, digitized, demographized into corporate echo chambers.

by Anonymousreply 12November 17, 2023 4:38 AM

People’s opinions on Twitter being treated as something important and indicative of the real world by the media.

by Anonymousreply 13November 17, 2023 4:39 AM

My single worst picture of the new reality is every single person witnessing some kind of emergency and holding their phones up to record it.

by Anonymousreply 14November 17, 2023 4:50 AM

I could do without the fascism.

by Anonymousreply 15November 17, 2023 4:51 AM

I miss thinking that most people were smart. Sadly, the internet has revealed the true nature of most people. I hate when I meet someone in real life, then add them on social only to find out they are racists, intensely stupid, or worse, Trump supporters.

by Anonymousreply 16November 17, 2023 5:32 AM

No one having a general sense of humor without overthinking EVERY.DAMN.THING.

Case in point: driving down a road today, and I pass a sign "Slow Children At Play"...it's clearly meant to signal that there is a playground nearby, so slow the fuck down.

I smile and remember a time when my ex and i used to joke about road signs (in general, not just this one) and this one would crack us up, among many others. I feel like posting a pic to tag him with a ha ha face and a sentence about "remember when" or whatever, but then worried it would get misinterpreted, slammed, and that (I'm sure) i'd get an angry face or teary eyed face and several comments to indicate we were "making fun" of kids with special needs.

But we were not doing that at all - we were laughing at the "phrasing," not at the potential that there were "slow kids" at play. Just like we laughed at the "Stop ahead" signs and would giggle and smack our foreheads when we'd see that sign ("Stop A Head").

Sometimes, trying to be more aware about issues ends up REALLY tipping people over to the other extreme, and i feel like that's where we are now. Everyone is so goddamn sensitive about every fucking damn thing. And it's EXHAUSTING.

by Anonymousreply 17November 17, 2023 6:13 AM

I miss bookstores.

by Anonymousreply 18November 17, 2023 5:24 PM

Finding quality. Tired of rebuying clothes, appliances, and other items due to poorly made trend. Paying more doesn’t always guarantee quality nowadays. My biggest complaint is all the plastic packaging on food. We’re suffocating under a giant plastic covering! I’m old enough to remember items like shampoo and aspirin being sold in glass bottles.

by Anonymousreply 19November 17, 2023 5:54 PM

I miss people dressing for the occasion. Now people dress only with personal comfort in mind.

by Anonymousreply 20November 17, 2023 6:10 PM

I miss when people weren't constantly taking pictures of themselves with their mouth wide open and an over exaggerated surprised look on their face.

by Anonymousreply 21November 17, 2023 6:44 PM

I hate that gold minds like Craigslist have been purged from the internet.

I love that OFs is offering up so many hot guys on a platter, but I miss the studio system of the 2000s with Sean Cody, Corbin Fisher, and ChaosMen providing hot guys for a reasonable price.

I love how open things are today, but everything is stuck in trends that individuality doest have time to breathe before it’s copied and monitored into mediocrity. Things just move too fast these days.

I also miss Tumblr for the Wild West baiting/Catfishing scene of the 2010s. Was madness but so fun.

by Anonymousreply 22November 17, 2023 6:52 PM

My CL comment was about the male for male sex sections.

by Anonymousreply 23November 17, 2023 6:53 PM

R14, as a Millennial, I hate this take. Psychology already proved that most people have never jumped into a situation. Most people in groups will wait for someone else to do something, which leads to inaction.

At least now, there is recorded evidence. On the flip side, some outlandish and necessary things have been captured by bystanders.

But even in the past, 95% of folks will not physically get involved in someone else’s situation.

by Anonymousreply 24November 17, 2023 7:00 PM

Not a fucking thing.

by Anonymousreply 25November 17, 2023 8:04 PM

Soulless corporate culture everywhere

Tipping culture and all the other bullshit fees that keep getting added on

Freakish plastic surgery becoming normalized

People thinking that they must have an opinion on every single issue and that they need to broadcast it to the world

by Anonymousreply 26November 17, 2023 8:08 PM

I miss not knowing too much about celebrities

by Anonymousreply 27November 17, 2023 8:16 PM

R27 I agree with this. I had a favorite singer for a long time, and would go to see him whenever he was touring. During the pandemic, he posted live videos on Instagram everyday, and I got completely sick of him.

by Anonymousreply 28November 17, 2023 8:18 PM

I miss the mystique of celebrity. Social media ruined it.

by Anonymousreply 29November 17, 2023 8:20 PM

The death of modesty.

by Anonymousreply 30November 17, 2023 8:27 PM

Young people today are so fucking grim, sour, whiney and full of an almost paranoid assumption of ill will towards everything and THEY'VE BARELY LIVED ANY LIFE YET!

They don't seem to expect to have to spend their own money to pay for anything until they're twenty-four years old. WHY SHOULD THEY!?

I can't imagine how they would have fared here in NYC in the early 80s.

by Anonymousreply 31November 17, 2023 8:33 PM

I miss Gay bars ☹️

I miss going out for a few hours a couple of times a week interacting with similar guys and not having to pretend I was anything other than a Gay guy. I miss flirting with guys and maybe finding one to spend some time with. I miss Pride. I miss the festive atmosphere of getting together with your friends and marching and just goofing off for a long fun weekend. It wasn't always easy being Gay, but it sure was fun

by Anonymousreply 32November 17, 2023 8:39 PM

I miss gay ghettos.

by Anonymousreply 33November 17, 2023 9:23 PM

R24 I think it’s about the intention. Satisfaction and pleasure from another person’s pain. These people are taking these videos because they can’t wait to show their followers something exploitive, it’s all for the clicks and likes. I don’t think people should have to jump in and help unless they’re willing and able, but does everyone need to video everything? I’m pretty convinced at least 45% of the USA right now would allow a camera to be permanently mounted to their head, like a GoPro, but installed in your skull.

by Anonymousreply 34November 17, 2023 9:48 PM

Goddamned motherfucking self checkout!

Goddam, I fucking HATE those things! The tiny place to put your stuff, the tiny bagging area, nothing is marked correctly!

If you try to remove a bag from the minuscule bagging area, that stupid voice starts in. If you want to put something big (like bottled water) back in the cart instead of the tiny bagging area, the fucker stops scanning until you DO put it over there.

If you have an issue, it takes 20 minutes for anyone to GAF and reset the goddamned piece of shit.

God, I fucking HATE those motherfucking pieces of shit! Hire some fucking people, you greedy, useless corporate cunts!

by Anonymousreply 35November 17, 2023 9:48 PM

R35 boycott places that have self checkout

by Anonymousreply 36November 17, 2023 9:50 PM

I miss stuff made in the USA, it was well made and lasted.

by Anonymousreply 37November 17, 2023 9:54 PM

If "everyone" around you is doing that, maybe your life choices is the problem.

by Anonymousreply 38November 17, 2023 9:56 PM

*are, not is.

by Anonymousreply 39November 17, 2023 9:57 PM

R38 R39 has obviously been on TikTok too much.

by Anonymousreply 40November 17, 2023 10:02 PM

I hate that you can NEVER be totally LEFT ALONE. I used to feel a sense of relief while commuting or traveling anywhere because nobody could contact me. That feeling died many years ago.

by Anonymousreply 41November 17, 2023 11:28 PM

That somebody as bland, uninspired and boring as Taylor Shit is considered the most famous entertainer in the world. Of course a large part of her success is her effective use of social media. Also the whole stupid Marvel thing, which is finally dying. Overall social media is the worst component of present times.

by Anonymousreply 42November 17, 2023 11:47 PM

I miss when things weren’t over exposed and overly commercialized. Anything good is immediately saturated and milked to death. Announcing the Oscar nominations used to be a low-fi and low key affair. Now ABC makes it an awards show unto itself. Nothing can just breathe. It has to be bludgeoned to death. Today Show Halloween is now a “two day event.” It’s all so gross.

by Anonymousreply 43November 18, 2023 12:02 AM

r43 Remember when the morning news shows weren't a carnival of clowns standing around making inane small talk? There used to be a level of warmth and comfort morning news shows now completely lack.

by Anonymousreply 44November 18, 2023 12:19 AM

These influencers making big bucks doing tiktoks of themselves doing the most common, mundane, routine, everyday activities that virtually everybody does anyway without any fanfare or monetization.

by Anonymousreply 45November 18, 2023 12:22 AM

Civility has left the building.

by Anonymousreply 46November 18, 2023 12:23 AM

This will be a very popular thread.

by Anonymousreply 47November 18, 2023 12:24 AM

I miss not being on a first-name basis with every Tom, Dick and Harry.

by Anonymousreply 48November 18, 2023 12:29 AM

ITA, the embrace of fascism and people taking total leave of their senses gets me down the most.

by Anonymousreply 49November 18, 2023 12:32 AM

The virtual standing ovations an individual gets from their facebook 'friends' for posting their otherwise innocuous activities. Its just ridiculously over the top, usually complete with an outsized emoji for the occasion.

Example: Bought a new TV today!

Typical Responses:

That's AWESOME!!!! You're the BEST!!! Is there anything you can't do????!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 50November 18, 2023 12:37 AM

How easily offended everyone is, now. I've reached a point where I don't care about hurt feelings ,anymore. It's usually over petty shit and, honestly, just too much work.

by Anonymousreply 51November 18, 2023 12:41 AM

I miss when people still believed that biological sex was a real and tangible thing, not something that one could change day to day due to their “feelings”.

I miss when being a masculine woman or feminine man wasn’t a big deal and didn’t require you to permanently change your entire identity.

by Anonymousreply 52November 18, 2023 12:54 AM

Electronic zombies who walk face down at the 📱 phone.

This is a new phenomenon in the trajectory of human kind. It's a downward spiral and it's pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 53November 18, 2023 1:01 AM

Electronic zombies who walk face down staring at the 📱 phone.


by Anonymousreply 54November 18, 2023 1:01 AM

People walking around, slurping GIGANTIC drinks all the time. Soccer slides everywhere. Worshiping burgers and bacon. Vocal fry. Social media.

by Anonymousreply 55November 18, 2023 1:02 AM

People like fat-hocked Demetria Obilor posting endless pictures of her FAT ASS squeezed into too-small clothes. She is deluded.

by Anonymousreply 56November 18, 2023 1:05 AM

R43- I do. Now it’s just a parade of chatty bobbleheads who try to out-quip, out-banter, and out-self deprecate their fellow co-hosts. I have to believe they all hate each other’s guts. The worst offender of this is Today Show by a country mile.

by Anonymousreply 57November 18, 2023 1:08 AM

The ubiquity of smart phones, texting and social media replacing face to face interaction and communication.

by Anonymousreply 58November 18, 2023 1:09 AM

I am obsessed with my phone but I am not surgically attached to it

by Anonymousreply 59November 18, 2023 1:11 AM

Hot tubs!

by Anonymousreply 60November 18, 2023 2:36 AM

R41 Agreed. I used to travel periodically for work and hated it — mainly because I’d be staying in crap hotels in boring cities. The single thing I liked about it was that thrilling sensation I’d get now then, that nobody on earth has any idea where I am or what I’m doing right now. It was fun being under the radar now and then before everyone was living their lives online 24/7.

by Anonymousreply 61November 18, 2023 3:13 AM

I miss macro* courtesy and kindness and, conversely, really inappropriate humor. I’m 56 and an old friend and I spoke recently about how raunchy we were in high school: boys and girls. We were raised on Mel Brooks, early SNL, and Porky’s.

*I encounter courteous people in my daily life but it seems like everyone online is a huge asshole.

by Anonymousreply 62November 18, 2023 3:48 AM

Addendum: I miss not knowing that Jimmy Page fucked a 14-year old and thinking that he was just a handsome, weirdo badass.

by Anonymousreply 63November 18, 2023 3:51 AM

I miss muzak in restaurants, department stores and elevators. It was so calming and soothing.

by Anonymousreply 64November 18, 2023 4:11 AM

The idea that liking to a celebrity’s work means you condone everything they did in their personal life. Especially if they’re dead. Like it’s exhausting.

by Anonymousreply 65November 18, 2023 4:13 AM

Sorry bad grammar. The idea that liking a celebrity’s work means you condone everything they did in their personal life definitely feels modern and it’s exhausting. Especially if they’re dead, who gives a fuck?

by Anonymousreply 66November 18, 2023 4:14 AM

Egotistical bigmouths kept their fucking traps shut or else some nut would immediately be upon them with an assassin’s bullet when I was growing up in the 1970s. Our unstable population used to be more focused. Now they take their frustration out on crowds of innocents.

by Anonymousreply 67November 18, 2023 6:01 AM

R32 where the hell do you live. Over here in Chicago, our gay bars abs gay neighborhood is still going strong. Some bars have closed but you will still find 10-15 gay bars with the clientele 70%-100% male.

by Anonymousreply 68November 18, 2023 3:11 PM

Identity obsessed 'queers' hung up on labelling themselves every type of obscure.

by Anonymousreply 69November 18, 2023 3:17 PM

^ Enjoy it while you can

by Anonymousreply 70November 18, 2023 4:23 PM

Hi Debs

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by Anonymousreply 71November 18, 2023 4:43 PM

Conversations with other liberals that didn’t devolve into some uneducated wordsalad lecture on “POC” and “intersectionality”.

by Anonymousreply 72November 18, 2023 5:05 PM

[quote]I love that OFs is offering up so many hot guys on a platter, but I miss the studio system of the 2000s

I miss the studio system of the 1940s.

by Anonymousreply 73November 18, 2023 5:14 PM

R72 has never met a real liberal, just one neo-fascist rich kid from Mills who hasn't met a poor person in her entire 22 years.

This is an example though of how ridiculous republican propaganda sneaks through to infect people who should know better.

by Anonymousreply 74November 18, 2023 5:23 PM

I hate the cow-like nature of people today and yesterday. Who gives a shit about Taylor Swift tickets or in the olden days Harry Potter. What sort of empty life do you have that you climb on to these bandwagons? It just seems more stark today because society is more fragmented so the obsessions of the mass shine out as even more ridiculous than they did in yesteryear, even though it's the same herd instinct of the lemmings in both instances.

by Anonymousreply 75November 18, 2023 5:25 PM

And with today's right wing propagandists thinking they can use AI to fool all the people all the time about the nature of reality, I guess we are in for a new birth of slavery and probably extinction of 90% of humans.

by Anonymousreply 76November 18, 2023 5:27 PM

I miss newspapers! Especially this time of year - on Thanksgiving weekend, the newspaper would be about five pounds, stuffed with slick color inserts from every single store, from Saks to Sears, that you could plow through to your heart's content. I used to love waking up on Thanksgiving morning and watching the Macy's parade (back when it was good, another thing I miss!) and leafing through those ads...there used to one devoted exclusively to perfumes, with three or four of those paper scent samplers...all of them advertising the gift packs that only came out at the holidays...

Newspapers used to have "society pages" and bridal and engagement announcements, with studio portraits of the brides and brides to be, as well as photos of gala holiday events at the symphony or the country club...and our paper used to publish the "100 Neediest Cases", with a couple of paragraphs about an anonymous mom whose utilities were being cut off and who couldn't feed her six kids...and all they were asking for were things like coats, sweaters, and new shoes...

And don't get me started on catalogues!! I used to love getting the Neiman Marcus catalog, the Horchow collection, holiday catalogs from Gump's, museum catalogs like MoMA, the Art Institute, Boston Museum of Fine arts, Sharper Image, Hammacher Schlemmer, even Harry and David!! I would PILE these up on my coffee table and flip through them over and over -

And don't get me started on MAGAZINES!! *sigh* - all of it gone.....

by Anonymousreply 77November 18, 2023 5:30 PM

[quote]And don't get me started on MAGAZINES!! *sigh* - all of it gone.....

I'd get on a flight with Vanity Fair, The Economist, Vogue, NY Magazine and get lost in the pages. Those days truly are over.

by Anonymousreply 78November 18, 2023 5:37 PM

SPY, the New Yorker (when it came wrapped in brown paper), American Film, National Lampoon, Rolling Stone...

by Anonymousreply 79November 18, 2023 5:40 PM

I miss when setting up a computer and connecting to the internet used to take some smarts... It kept the riff-raff out 😏

by Anonymousreply 80November 18, 2023 5:52 PM

Since cell phones and ubiquitous cameras, lockerrooms are boring now. Since cell phones and ubiquitous hook-up apps, bath houses are boring now.

Public male nudity is mostly gone. And it sucks.

by Anonymousreply 81November 18, 2023 5:54 PM

There should be an ad showing the emergency room, with the three old women on stretchers. Joe Namath enters, saying, "Hi everybody! It's a good thing this lady had a Medicare Advantage plan, because a broken hip isn't cheap!" Then Tom Selleck enters and says, "Thankfully this dear old grandma had a reverse mortgage, which will give her the cash she needs to pay these bills when they start piling up!" And finally Jonathan enters and says, "Sadly, this lady didn't make it...but fortunately she had our $19.95 a month plan, which will help pay for her final expenses!"

by Anonymousreply 82November 18, 2023 5:54 PM

It’s unfortunate that car bodies are no longer very interesting, attractive and distinguishable from one another. And old people are getting confused as hell trying to find their cars in crowded grocery store parking lots.

by Anonymousreply 83November 18, 2023 6:22 PM

auugghh - R82 was meant for the "odious holiday ads" thread...my bad. I guess I need Prevagen!!

by Anonymousreply 84November 18, 2023 6:27 PM

@r83, Ok, old person, identify each of these cars from the 30s... We'd wait, but you don't have that much time left 😏

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by Anonymousreply 85November 18, 2023 6:27 PM

Hudsons? Hupmobiles? Stutz Bearcats? Those were the DAYS, by cracky!!

PS. I moved R82 to the correct thread - I'm so proud of myself!!

Now, back to the "society pages!!"

by Anonymousreply 86November 18, 2023 6:31 PM

I miss being having a cashier that isn't required to ask a bunch of questions. Email? Zip code? Phone number?

I miss having a cashier that isn't required to frequently solicit donations for some charity that the big company they work for will then donate in their own name and take a tax write off for.

by Anonymousreply 87November 18, 2023 6:35 PM

[quote]Finding quality. Tired of rebuying clothes, appliances, and other items due to poorly made trend.

You need to shop at Gap.

I still have Gap clothes from Holiday 1992 that are in perfect condition with brilliant color!

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by Anonymousreply 88November 18, 2023 7:08 PM

I miss going to a fast food restaurant And actually getting my food within two minutes

by Anonymousreply 89November 18, 2023 7:14 PM

There's something about a grandma with a tattoo sleeve I'll probably never get used to.

by Anonymousreply 90November 19, 2023 4:57 AM

Living your life through a 6 x 5 inch screen.

by Anonymousreply 91November 19, 2023 5:20 AM

R79 I was a big lover of magazines, and I miss Spy more than any of them. I would cancel all plans the night it hit my (physical, real) mailbox and stay home to read it. It was that good.

by Anonymousreply 92November 19, 2023 9:18 AM

How males have become fetishized by everyone. The most basic guy now thinks he's catnip. They preen and flit about the world unattainable, exploiting the Thirsty.

by Anonymousreply 93November 19, 2023 9:36 AM

Holiday 1999 at Gap looks like Heaven!

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by Anonymousreply 94November 19, 2023 12:35 PM

No nude male strip joins anywhere in the country anymore.

That really sucks.

by Anonymousreply 95November 19, 2023 7:01 PM

I miss restaurants fully staffed with experienced employees

by Anonymousreply 96November 19, 2023 7:14 PM

Yeah. With diverse menus. Even now every restaurant I used to love to go to before 2020 still has a limited menu compared to what they used to have. And of course, most of my favorite things are part of what was cut.

by Anonymousreply 97November 19, 2023 8:00 PM

I m iss people working at fast food chains that were able to calculate correct change

by Anonymousreply 98November 20, 2023 11:43 AM

R98, let's be honest, that's pretty much always been a problem. Though it was definitely less of a problem in the 80s, I'll admit.

by Anonymousreply 99November 20, 2023 5:06 PM

I miss gatekeepers. As great and freeing as the internet is, I miss the days when someone with an opinion, a story to write, news to report, etc, had to win the approval of a publisher or editor in order to get heard.

by Anonymousreply 100November 20, 2023 5:58 PM

R98 should have written "I miss paying with real money."

by Anonymousreply 101November 20, 2023 10:31 PM

I’m so mad! Just found out my Nextdoor neighbor only has 4”

by Anonymousreply 102November 20, 2023 11:17 PM

R81, it’s not restricted to full nudity. I miss being in the park on a warm summer day and seeing lots of shirtless guys. Today – if TV and movies are to be believed – younger men don’t even [italic]sleep[/italic] shirtless. (Are they worried about hidden cameras in their bedrooms?)

by Anonymousreply 103November 20, 2023 11:25 PM

R82, I miss the dramatic annual style changes in cars, and the way there were trends in car styles over time just as there were in women’s fashion (which I also miss, by the way, since if most women today are following any sort of fashion, it must be “the cheap look”). However, I don’t miss the unreliability of older cars. So … yeah. That’s something that’s good about modern times.

by Anonymousreply 104November 20, 2023 11:27 PM

The lack of “-ed” verb endings!!!

by Anonymousreply 105November 21, 2023 1:28 AM

I'm this much closer to death and oblivion.

by Anonymousreply 106November 21, 2023 1:33 AM

I miss my parents so much. It's hell not having them around anymore. That's what I hate most about the present.

by Anonymousreply 107November 21, 2023 1:37 AM

There isn't enough space or time for me to list all the things about the present I hate compared to the past.

by Anonymousreply 108November 21, 2023 1:41 AM

I hate that phones mean so few people live in the moment. Idiots ruining your view at a concert with their phone high in the air recording every song, people who can’t see a view or animal or anything at all without first grabbing for their phone, people who can’t enjoy a night out with friends without every second being documented on video/photos for social media, etc etc

by Anonymousreply 109November 21, 2023 2:12 AM

There used to be really good sales. And coupons. 50% off before and after Christmas. A sale in a department store would start at 25% off. A month later it would be 50% off.a month after tat, 75% off. End of season sales.

With the internet came warehousing, Amazon started it, other manufacturers followed suit. No more 50% off holiday decorations and holiday candy - it just went back to the warehouse.

Businesses depended on sales to get rid of seasonal stuff and get people to spend money. Then Apple came along. No more sales. Then they started releasing a new version which required new chargers, new headphones, a new case. Then they stopped updating older versions.

Years ago Americans wouldn’t put up with that shit. The EU still won’t put up with a lot of that shit. But Americans, somewhere along the way, forgot how to save money. They forgot how to budget. Credit cards and loans made everything “affordable.” People *had to have* the newest thing. My son has to have the latest iPhone and nothing will deter him. He buys a new phone the minute it hits the net, and sells the old one. When he was younger he got a new iPhone case every month, returning the old one within 30 days. All his friends did the same.

Nowadays, there are no decent sales and companies squeeze every penny they can out of consumers. Then they go out of business after they took as much profit out as possible. It all started with Boesky and Milken. “Whoever dies with the most toys, wins.”

I guess people just aren’t poor enough to appreciate money nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 110November 21, 2023 2:57 AM

Must we?

by Anonymousreply 111November 21, 2023 3:24 AM

Where can you sell old phones?

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