Circa 1986-88. Sequel to my list: things that didn't exist if you went to college in the Grunge era
  1. Computers
    They existed but not in your life. Your nerd friend had one that you'd occasionally play tetris on. My final year I started signing up for time at the computer room in the library to type my thesis instead of on my typewriter. Also the library computer had tetris on it
  2. Credit/debit cards
    Again they existed. Your fanciest friend had one his parents gave him for emergencies. But everyone else just paid cash for everything.
  3. Email
    If someone wasnt within 15 miles of you you wrote them letters. You wrote letters by hand on paper and put them in an envelope and mailed them. Then you had a couple weeks to a month you waited for a reply to wonder if you'd written something stupid
  4. Caller id
    When the phone rang you had no idea who was on the other side. It was like Russian roulette every days
  5. Cell phones
    If people were out of their house there was no way to contact them! No way at all! They could've found the best party in history and you'd have no idea I was out of the country for 2 months and called home once
  6. Dates/dating
    That was some ancient long gone ritual like sock hops and getting pinned. If people formed a connection they were said to be "hanging out". The process leading up to hanging out was entirely undefined
  7. Goals
    Were for people whose parents picked out their clothes for them
  8. Gyms
    I'm told some people exercised. Im very skeptical
  9. Sex - AIDS and HIV were still really scary. PC was in full swing. Coming out of the closet was even harder 20 years ago.
    Suggested by @bennyeggs
  10. The internets
    Remember having to go to libraries and use card catalogs for research?
    Suggested by @Jed
  11. Starbucks
    Or any other chain coffee company. Any cafe you went to was either old-school Italians or stinky crunchy hippy-punk.
    Suggested by @evanp
  12. Lyrics Web sites
    If Michael Stipe sang some kind of unfathomable mouth garbage, you pretty much had to guess and mumble along. None of your friends understood, either.
    Suggested by @evanp
  13. MP3s
    Ugh so many records and tapes and a few CDs.
    Suggested by @evanp
  14. Craft beers
    Sophisticated people drank Heineken and Corona. Everyone else drank Miller or Hamm's. You would never, ever taste hops, ever.
    Suggested by @evanp
  15. Digital cameras
    You had one friend who had a 35mm camera. Everyone else had crappy little 12-shot Kodaks. Only dads had video cameras. Stuff happened all the time and then everyone just forgot about it.
    Suggested by @evanp
  16. Daily calendars
    Maybe over-achievers had a Franklin Organizer. Everyone else just had a wall calendar or just remembered things.
    Suggested by @evanp
  17. Good TV
    Until "Twin Peaks", TV was laughably bad. Some was so bad it was kind of an artistic or political statement to watch it, like cable access shows or Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker. But mostly it was just bad.
    Suggested by @evanp