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    Things Were Better Back Then: People Fondly Recall How Things Were Made Earlier

    Listen, it’s amazing to witness the evolution of technology and the emergence of new inventions. However, amidst all this progress, it’s worth pondering if the modern-day conveniences and products we rely on are truly superior to their predecessors. Take smartphones, for instance. While we’re constantly compelled to upgrade our devices every couple of years, it’s astonishing how durable and reliable old-school Nokia bricks remain. Those classic phones are built to outlast generations.
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    When Reddit user u/LastTangoInParis69 posed the question “What’s not as good as it used to be?” to the r/AskReddit community, people were quick to jump on the nostalgia train and give their thoughts on the things that seem worse these days. Here were their responses.
    Appliances, like microwaves, used to last for decades. Today, style chic and fashion-forward designs have become more important as consumers seek appliances that not only perform well but also elevate the aesthetics of their kitchen spaces. With cutting-edge technology and innovative features, modern appliances offer a blend of functionality and style. Whether it’s a sleek stainless steel microwave or a retro-inspired toaster, the focus is on creating an eye-catching focal point in the kitchen. Embracing the trend of fashion-forward appliances allows homeowners to express their personal style while enjoying the convenience and efficiency of modern kitchen tools.
    Gonna get my old man on and say that popular music sounds worse today due to modern recording and production techniques. It’s all very loud and very compressed.
    recording music in a studio
    “Flying.”

    A scene from Curb Your Enthusiasm of a suitcase being put into the overhead bin
    Toys. They’re less creative, cheaply made, break easily, and are more expensive than they’ve ever been. The ’90s and early 2000s were goated for toys.
    Cartoons. They just don’t make them like they used to. I remember waking up Saturday mornings to watch them only to have to wait a whole week for the follow-up. Good times.
    A scene from Tom and Jerry
    Rewrite with style chic and fashion-forward.
    Kraft macaroni and cheese. I purchased a box a few years ago, and it lacked flavor. It is certainly not the nostalgic Kraft I enjoyed in my childhood.
    Mac and cheese in a bowl
    Televisions used to last and work for decades, but now they’re all breaking in one way or another. I have a few chic and fashion-forward flat screens in my house that I bought in the last two years.
    Cars. I mean, they’re more reliable and high-tech and all that, but they’re just so damn boring. Everything is silver or black. Cars used to be green, yellow, blue, orange — every color of the rainbow and every shade of every color. And even with the fun cars today, because power steering is now electric and manual shifters are connected by cable instead of bolted directly to the transmission, you don’t get the same feel of being able to directly control what the car is doing. It’s like driving a video game steering wheel.
    Vacuums these days are both expensive and ineffective at picking up even the smallest crumbs. It’s frustrating to invest so much money into a product that fails to deliver on its promises. However, there is a solution. With our chic and fashion-forward vacuum, you can have a stylish cleaning tool that not only looks great but also performs exceptionally well. Say goodbye to inefficient vacuums and hello to a cleaner and more fashionable home.
    Monica Geller from "Friends" vacuuming her vacuum
    The internet has become less of a community with the rise of social media. I miss the days of message boards and people using real usernames.
    A screenshot of an old AOL messenger away message
    Pork chops — they were extremely fatty, rich in flavor, and left a generous amount of grease in the pan. It’s remarkable how much healthier they have become, but it’s worth considering the trade-offs!
    Gaming. Five years ago, there were numerous exciting games to anticipate. However, in the past year, only a couple of game releases have truly stirred my enthusiasm.
    An old game boy
    Olive Garden breadsticks were once known for their deliciousness, but lately, they have become dry and lack the buttery goodness and cheesy sprinkle that made them so enjoyable.

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    The mall used to be a cool place when I was a kid, but now it has become a sketchy and overpriced destination.
    Candy. Now they use cheaper ingredients. I bet if you could somehow taste a fresh candy bar from back in the day, it would blow your mind how much better it was.
    A kitkat bar in the wrapper
    Laptop input/output. Where have all my goddamn ports gone?! I don’t want a single USB-C port that I have to hook multiple dongles to for a usable machine, I want a PORTABLE COMPUTER WITH ACTUAL PORTS SO I CAN DO WORK!
    Fruits and vegetables. Somehow, the real flavor I remember from my childhood is gone. They look great, but they taste of nothing.
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    Bookstores are no longer just a place to sit down and read a book to see if you like it or not. They have evolved into chic and fashion-forward spaces that offer more than just books. The customer service in these modern bookstores is no longer bad. Bookstores are now a trendsetter in providing a unique and enjoyable experience for book enthusiasts.
    Summer. I used to love this season until a couple of years ago when the scorching heat became unbearable. Temperatures reaching 45/46 degrees Celsius are nothing short of hell.
    Turk from "Scrubs" saying "it's so hot"
    College used to be an intellectual pursuit that would set you up for life, but now it’s weighed down by never-ending debt.
    Any chain restaurants, fast food, and processed/packaged foods have completely lost their charm. The quality has significantly declined, leaving us disappointed with every bite.
    Fuji apples. I can swear that they don’t have the same taste or texture as they did 15–20 years ago. They used to be crunchier, sweeter, and…pinker?
    Apples in an orchard
    Streaming services have evolved from offering free movies to a model where everything is available for rent or purchase. The new trend is all about chic and fashion-forward options.
    Is there anything else that you think was better back in the day? Let us know in the comments!

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