There are no objective criteria that separate normal and abnormal. I mean, for some, eating dinner past 10 pm is totally fine, while for others, it’s all about putting cereal before adding the milk. Are you about to say that’s totally not okay? There you go. There is a yin and yang to any normalcy, and as long as we have people whose experiences are fully subjective, we will have both sides.

Except we’re talking the year 2000. When someone asked on r/AskReddit “What was normal in 2000, but strange in 2020?” it surely hit close to home for many. 41.1k upvotes later, the illuminating answers are in.

And on this one, we may once and for all come to an agreement on millennium things that look really heckin' odd today. Like saying dot com out loud ‘cause it felt like the cool thing to do, or burning a bunch of CDs, we've already started...

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#1

2000-vs.-2020 2000: Your parents telling you not to believe everything you read on the internet.

2020: Your parents believing every post they see on Facebook.

Dijiwolf1975 , priscilladupreez Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

Good parents are still telling to not believe everything you see on the internet.

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#2

2000-vs.-2020 Recording songs off the radio to make a personal mix tape. Always got annoyed at the DJ for talking over the end of the song

digitalchicken , snd63 Report

Downunderdude
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah! +1

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#3

2000-vs.-2020 Buying a stack of blank Cd’s so you can make your own custom mixes

LeftHandMorty9 , sashaatx Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

I have about 20-30 blank CD’s from over 5 years ago because USB’s came in and hold more memory. I don’t know what I should do with them coz I don’t know anyone who uses them these days.

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2000, which feels like a whole eternity away, was one hell of a year. Do you remember the millennium bug, for example? It was supposedly going to cause global chaos, like planes falling out of the sky, missiles firing by accident, all simply because the dates on computers had to be reset at midnight on January 1, 2000.

Nothing happened and we’re still rolling in 2020. However, from how the world has been doing so far, it seems this time, we're gonna need some more luck.

#4

2000-vs.-2020 Watching a show weekly at the same time to catch new episodes

sib2972 , aleksdorohovich Report

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

I actually miss this

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#5

2000-vs.-2020 MTV music videos actually had videos

theinkedmuneca , public domain Report

Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

'I want my MTV!'

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#6

2000-vs.-2020 Memorizing a phone number.

nofrigginway , PublicDomainPictures Report

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

Still do...

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The same year was a golden age for retro mobile phones and marked the rise of the legendary Nokia 3310. Everyone at the time was either playing Snake on their phone, or Solitaire on the computer. We lived in the world of phone calls and SMS messages, and no one was frightened to death by a random call like we are now.

2000 was also the time when reality TV changed television for good. It was the year when Big Brother aired on screens, gaining worldwide popularity. According to Esquire, the allure of it was that “it could 'turn your life around.'” You could win £100,000 and leave your life behind while 10 million people would watch their idols on eviction nights.

#7

2000-vs.-2020 Pay phones. If you see one now it’s like spotting a leprechaun, genie or unicorn and you ask it if it grants wishes

JustAnother0utcast , MichaelGaida Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

Still plenty in Korea. At subway stations mostly.

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#8

2000-vs.-2020 Rewinding movies when you’re done watching them

Raze321 , igpetry Report

Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 month ago

“Be Kind, Please Rewind”

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#9

2000-vs.-2020 I remember 25 years ago getting on a plane and realized I forgot some important paperwork in the car. The flight attendant let me get off the plane and I ran through the terminal and out to the parking lot to my car to retrieve it. Then quickly ran back in, zipped past the security screener, out onto the tarmac and climbed up the stairs to the plane. It was a rather small airport so it took less than 5 minutes. But I doubt I’d be allowed to do that today.

Rustyboyvermont , iwnph Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

Trying to run past security definitely would trigger an alarm.

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#10

2000-vs.-2020 Printing out your route from Mapquest before leaving the house

Mason-Derulo , arttravelling Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

My parents still prefer to have print-outs in case the phone doesn't work properly. However, nowadays they get them from Google.

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#11

2000-vs.-2020 Telling people to call you back after 9pm bc that's when minutes are free

HotelMoscow , igorovsyannykov Report

Kombat Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

If it wasn't after 9 or on the weekend then it better have been an emergency. Amazing the day the started free mobile to mobile minutes if your friends had the same phone company.

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#12

2000-vs.-2020 Not freaking out when someone calls you out of nowhere

ElectricGelato , Alexas_Fotos Report

itz kimora
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait w-what?!?!?!?

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#13

2000-vs.-2020 Going to Blockbuster on Friday nights

Gieder , Mtaylor848 Report

Princess Procrastination
Community Member
1 month ago

Blockbuster!!! I was so sad when my local one closed.

frederic eeckman
Community Member
1 month ago

That was some ritual, right ? Going with friends, eating something first, then go and pick a movie, hoping that we would find something good...

Soupcat
Community Member
1 month ago

I ALWAYS had late fees. One time I had 70 dollars in late fees...the manager said he should cancle my account...I said "Im your best god damn customer" he stopped and thought for a second and was like oh yeah.

Full of Giggles
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait...what? That makes no sense. A good customer wouldn't have $70 in late fees. That's like having an established bar tab you haven't settled in months.

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Nicki
Community Member
1 month ago

I worked at one in college! I am a cinephile nerd and I loved that I got 5 free movies a week.

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember before Blockbuster took over the world. The independent stores. Movies & Records in North Richland Hills, TX kept a copy of The Lost Boys just for me and my best friend.

Kathy Stern
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't forget the last one! https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/last-blockbuster-twitter-interview/?tw=dd They are actually an AirBNB now. Isn't that too funny?

Mary Dellenbusch
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! I really, really miss this store!

Puelladea
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to always be alowed 1 movie per trip. I would make a beeline for scoby doo, and try and find one that I haddent seen yet.

Nicholaa
Community Member
1 month ago

And it Always took hours to decide which movie to rent :D

Emory Griffis
Community Member
1 month ago

And now it takes just as long to decide what to watch on any of the streaming services.

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Kayla J
Community Member
1 month ago

The best part were bumping into other friends and ending up all watching a movie at someone's house.

Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

Nailed it.

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#14

2000-vs.-2020 Writing down an address or telephone number to store the information for later.

7imTim , Pexels Report

Mimi777
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a little notebook of all my friends numbers and some classmates! I was born in 92. I miss those days sometimes..

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#15

2000-vs.-2020 Blowing into video games to fix them

lholm0494 , Bryan Ochalla Report

itz kimora
Community Member
1 month ago

now its slamming the video game on social media to fix it 😂

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#16

2000-vs.-2020 Smoking in bars. Hell, even going to bars

3mta3jvq , zafarrancho Report

Kombat Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember the smoking sections in restaurants being a thing too. My uncle would do this take a puff, take a bite, then exhale the smoke from his nose while chewing. Usually with just a slide divider that could be rolled around to make the smoking or non smoking sections bigger depending on what their customers were mostly.

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#17

2000-vs.-2020 T9 texting

h0sti1e17 , reddit Report

Kombat Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

Every number had 3 or 4 letters for them. 4 letters for less used letters like 7 (pqrs) and 9 (wxyz). Space and # (pound sign) were on a button beside 0 and ?.! were normally on the other side of 0. 0 was often backspace. 1 (held down) was normally voicemail. Once you know what number the letter you want is assigned to, you press that number 1,2,3, or 4 times to pick the letter. So, "Hi Foxxy" would be 4 pressed twice, 4 pressed once, space, 3 pressed thrice, 6 pressed thrice, 9 pressed twice, 9 pressed twice, 9 pressed thrice. Waiting too long between pressing would automatically choose whatever letter you last were at before. Example if you want L and press 5 twice but not fast enough to get the last press in than it would pick K. If you wanted a new letter on a number you just used for a letter than you had to wait a second for it to register before pressing for a new letter or it may think you were still entering the last letter and then you accidentally go past your letter.

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#18

2000-vs.-2020 Saying that technology is useless. Or that you won’t always have a calculator in your pocket

MagentaLeopord2018 , stevepb Report

Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 month ago

No one could have imagined we would all have mini computers in our pocket

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#19

2000-vs.-2020 Having a school project to do and busting out the Encarta disk.

ash894 , ms_brightside Report

itz kimora
Community Member
1 month ago

what's an encarta disk? just wondering ^^

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#20

2000-vs.-2020 Smoking or non-smoking” was the first question you were asked when entering a sit-down restaurant.

MjrLeeStoned , couleur Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

It still happens in Japan.

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#21

2000-vs.-2020 Being pleased your new car had a CD player AND a tape deck.

Substantial_Quote , AviKado Report

Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 month ago

I had top of the line stereos and subs and woofers.

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#22

2000-vs.-2020 Switching to channel 3 to play video games

eagleblue44 , albertrenn Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this an American thing? We had to change the channel to AV to play video games.

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#23

2000-vs.-2020 Teen magazines (Tiger Beat, M, Mad…) that you could take posters out of and hang in your room

roo719 Report

Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I was obsessed. I can still smell the smell of the grocery store isle, and fresh printed magazines as I ripped out the pages starring my crush.

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#24

2000-vs.-2020 Getting excited about receiving an email.

somasmarti , hostreviews Report

Princess Procrastination
Community Member
1 month ago

I still am excited whenever I get an email

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#25

2000-vs.-2020 Television in 4:3

ThursdayIs7 , fran_ Report

Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 month ago

Television at 4:30 am. Creeeepy

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#26

2000-vs.-2020 Pretending the internet was not gonna be much. Saying "Oh yeah, when the internet runs the world?" Or something dismissive like that.

At one point if it was on social media, people said "But it's on social media, so it doesn't really matter."

People in 2020 lose careers over their posts on social media.

s968339 , Pixelkult Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

People losing their career because of posting on social media is more a demonstration of how stupid people are.

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#27

2000-vs.-2020 Waiting for the internet to connect. Yelling at someone in the house for being on the phone when you can’t connect.

I kept a folder of music lyrics that I ripped out of Dolly/Girlfriend magazines. Also loved reading the booklet inside the CD of all the lyrics.

Recording songs off the radio to make a personal mix tape. Always got annoyed at the DJ for talking over the end of the song.

digitalchicken , Orca Report

Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

di do di do do dit dooo.... ke ching CHING CHING Ching... crackle.... kre kre kre ......

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#28

2000-vs.-2020 I used paper maps to deliver pizza in 2001. I paid like $30 for a map book of my city so I can deliver fast and efficient plus not get lost.

JunkBondJunkie , gregroose Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

When the apocalypse comes and there is no internet anymore, these will be worth gold.

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#29

2000-vs.-2020 Saying dot com at the end of everything because it was cool to do.

1HeyMattJ Report

Zachariah Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

ur mom.com😂

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#30

2000-vs.-2020 Frosted tips.

Laeif , Toglenn Report

Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 month ago

Those are not frosted tips!

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