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Back in 1995, there was no high-speed internet connection that would've have allowed us to play online games or watch HD movies seamlessly. Heck, there were no realistic online games back then, nor was there YouTube or Vimeo. A significant amount of change has taken place in just a span of twenty years, and we're not just talking about the technological shift -- were talking about the change in norms and culture.
Let's take a look at ten things observed as normal today that would have been considered strange back in 1995.
That's right. Decades ago, if you liked reading comics or wanted to cosplay as your favorite superhero, you'd be bullied by the "cool" kids who were all about being buff, sexy, and sporty. Now, with Marvel and DC films becoming massive Hollywood hits and the new Star Wars being hyped up in anticipation, being a comic nerd has become an attractive quality. More than that , geek conventions are now more famous than ever -- and for sure, you won't be bullied anymore.
The games back then were just 2D and lacked this incredible immersive experience. Thanks to technology, games are now realistic and MMORPGs can let you interact with millions of players from around the world. In addition, the professional players of games such as StarCraft and DoTA 2 can earn big bucks as E-Sports has become a successful industry with legions of fans supporting their favorite gaming teams.
In 1995, phones weren't touchscreen, nor did they immediately connect you to fast-speed internet. But now, even kids have iPhones to play games. Years ago, it was already a symbol of economic status when a child was holding a Nokia phone.
Back then, all you did was eat and go. As smartphones and tablets became more popular, cameras also became easier to access. Not only that, with the world becoming increasingly integrated online day by day, it was only a matter of time before restaurants and classy cooks made their meals Instagram-worthy, giving them free publicity.
The LGBT community did not have this much acceptance, or at least tolerance, back then. It was only during the past few years that same-sex marriage was legalized in some countries and states, and more people have become welcoming of the community. Even if bullying and even death because of homophobia is still occurring, the support today is a welcome gift for the homosexuals, bisexuals, and others.
Remember the movie You Got Mail? Well, that's how online dating was in the 90s. Now, you've got Tinder, Grindr, and a lot of online dating sites that allow you to look at other people's photos quick and seamlessly video-chat and talk to them.
While paperback books and hardbound novels are still selling, e-books have already seeped into our lifestyle recently. From the Kindle to the Nook, we can read classic novels using their digital editions. So now, it's not weird to hear someone "charging their book."
Who here still uses telephones? I don't. If I need to order something, I just go to their online shop. If I need to have a chat, we can all talk for hours using our smartphones, whether using cellular data or Viber.
Back then, it was all about series and cartoons. Today, if you still have a television and is subscribed to cable, you'll be bombarded with a lot of reality shows, from the Kardashians to fashion competitions to making cakes to surviving the wild. And, in some way, reality TV sometimes seems like it's not so real anymore.