10 Things Only a Kid Growing Up in the 2000s Will Understand

Sure, you might be in your 20s now, getting out there and living your life to the fullest. But don’t we all remember back when we were tweens, and long for the things that made us the coolest kids in school? Time may have moved on and new trends may have come out, but we’ll always know what it was that made life awesome back in the early 2000s.

#1 - Listening to tunes in the car with our cassette adapters!

We didn’t have iPhones with hundreds of albums and Bluetooth connection to listen to. If we were lucky, we had a first-generation iPod—that huge, bulky thing which held a whopping 5GB of songs. Get yourself one of those and one of these cassette adapters, and you could rock out to tunes in your parent’s car, and be the coolest kid in school!

#2 - The familiar Windows XP Desktop.

To fill that iPod, we’d go on to things like Napster or Kazaa on our very own computers—if we were lucky, and didn’t have to share one with our brothers and sisters for “homework use”. That meant a lot off time staring at this wallpaper as we waited for our blazing-fast 56k dialup to give us the latest Lifehouse or Alicia Keys track.

#3 - Playing some Sims and getting more involved with their life than your own.

Of course, while you’re waiting for those downloads to finish, it’s time to boot up some Sims! We all had this game and we all made our perfect families—even if that was just you and that cute girl from the class across the hall. Anyway, why bother with real life when your Sims you can have eight TVs and their own swimming pool!

#4 - Catching ‘Em All

When you inevitably got kicked off your computer, that was OK—you could pull out your Game Boy Color and keep gaming on! That is, assuming you hadn’t had it taken away for playing it in class. Oops.

#5 - Running out of minutes and having to wait for a call

Nowadays, your phone has all those sorts of games on itself, but back in the old days, it was just a phone. A phone that, if you ran out of minutes, was about as useful as a brick. But if you waited until after nine, you’d get on the evening cycle and could call again! We all remember staring at the clock, waiting for it to hit nine…

#6 - Running to the television for real classic shows

Remember what used to be on television? Watching The O.C. and One Tree Hill, or catching Survivor when it was new and original. Much better than the stuff they show today, let me tell you!

#7 - Razor scooters!

You were a nobody if you didn’t have one of these. I mean, an absolute nobody. Roll up to campus on a Razor, and you were going to be the talk of the school for the rest of the day at the very least.

#8 - Smelling terrible

Of course, not everything from the early 2000s really holds up in hindsight. Remember how it seemed like every guy in the school was drenched with Axe body spray? That came out in 2002, and it was everywhere. It felt like some guys used it instead of showering which was not cool.

#9 - Looking just as bad

Whether it was the puka shell necklace, the multi-colored wristbands, or every single thing that came out of Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister, our fashion choices in the early 2000s left something to be desired. Some things really should be left in the past.

#10 - But it was all worth it to make the top 8

It was the ultimate sign of friendship—making someone’s top 8 friends on Myspace! You might even bump out Tom. There was no better sign that you were BFFs with someone then having your picture surrounded by sparkly GIFs and My Chemical Romance songs. Myspace forever, Facebook never.