• A lot of jobs have been replaced by automation and software. But it's not the "jobs" aspect that is missed. Rather it's the team you were with then that is remembered.
    • Linda Joy
      Never mind, it's working now.
    • newyorknewyork
  • Oh no. I dont know how we got along without the tech we have now. THINGS THAT ARE NO LONGER DONE: Buy a TV Guide, wear a watch, buy products without knowing if theyre good, wonder about things without the internet, pay thousands for encyclopedias which become almost instantly obsolete, pay money for porn (wait, how'd that one get in there?) (well, I HEARD that this was something *blink* *blink* ...You know one day they will invent a cure for how as soon as any thought of nudity enters a man's thoughts, he can no longer remember what he was thinking about. Until then though...huh??? *blink*
    • mushroom
      I have both TV Guide and a watch (several, actually).
  • Staying home just because something good was on tv. Pretty lame thing to do, but people did it.
  • Encyclopedias, writing letters, knowing phone numbers 'by heart' and actually dialing them! And phone books, Sears catalogues, green stamps
    • mushroom
      "Dialing" a phone. Now that was a funny scene when my kid and friend said they figured out how to dial the first number on the "old phone in the basement" but they didn't know what to do next.
    • Linda Joy
  • 5-8-2017 About a thousand years ago, "dialing" a phone meant physically turning the dial to the desired digit and waiting for it to return itself to its normal position. Then for a while we "punched" phone numbers. Now we "tap" them.
    • Linda Joy
      They took all the satisfaction out of slamming the phone down in someone's ear. Pushing that little button just doesn't do the job!
    • Linda Joy
      And waiting on the 0's to get done ugh!
    • mushroom
      And New York City was the lucky spot to get the shortest area code to dial: 212 (There were no "1" area codes because it was reserved for long distance and international) and the trailing "1" was reserved for special services such as 411, 911.
  • Talking to people face to face. Going out and meeting a person for the first time instead of on I miss the interpersonal communication skills that people used to have.
    • mushroom
      The kids sit back to back texting each other. The social issue is that mobility since the last half of the 20th century has made local meeting places obsolete.
    • Hardcore Conservative
      Agreed. It seems it's also making people have actual conversations obsolete as well.
  • In the 80s, it looked as though the term "clockwise" was going to become another obsolete word, just as dialing the phone has become. Surprise, digital clocks are not the neat idea they seemed to be, because you lose the easy recognition of time periods "quarter" "half past" and so forth. If your train is scheduled to arrive at 8:42 and the clock reads 8:27, how long will you have to wait? If the minute hand is close to the "30" you can stop to pick up a coffee first.
  • There were a lot of simple jobs which were lost such as messenger, these guys delivered stuff and even had to make a trip to the federal reserve at day end. Supply officer this was the person who overlooked all supplies and distributed them, both are gone today. But the jobs themselves created work for people who cannot find work today.
  • Argue over factual points. For example, a co-worker got the order wrong when talking about old Steely Dan albums. I corrected him & we got into a heated argument. The correct sequence can be found in a few seconds now.
  • hanging out with people, theyre too nnuch into facebook
  • moderator, pls delete.
  • Hand washing clothes. Hand written architectural blueprints.

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