Looking through old pictures online or *gasp* in physical photo albums can bring back great memories, but it can also be an unwanted reminder of all the questionable and terrible choices we made when we were young.
Even if what you were doing at the time seemed totally normal and even cool, you know that the changing trends over time will have you look back in shame or downright confusion as you begin to ask yourself why you ever dressed/acted/spoke/walked/existed the way you did. But hey, that’s life.
For many of us that came of age during the 2000s, it’s hard to believe that 2007 was already ten years ago. That’s right: It’s been an entire decade since those hazy, innocent days… back when life seemed somewhat carefree, Bush was still president, and Myspace was still popular.
Well we love some good, old-fashioned, cringeworthy nostalgia, so let’s take a trip back to yesteryear to relive all those things we did it 2007 that we’ve totally forgotten about— or wish we could!
You believed in magic
On July 21, 2007, J.K. Rowling officially published the seventh and final installment in the Harry Potter series, ten years after the release of the first book.
By the time of the final release, Harry Potter was in full momentum. Millions of fans around the world eagerly awaited its publication at midnight release parties at Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores. Many of them dressed in full costume. Even after the books had finished, fans could still do this same thing as each movie came out.
You were vetted before you got a Facebook
In its early days, Facebook was a social networking site that was only available to a select few. At first, it was only made for Harvard students, but it later opened up to Ivy League and Boston-area schools, plus you needed an invitation to join. Imagine that!
By 2006, Facebook finally opened up to anyone over the age of 13. It may feel like forever ago, but it really hasn’t been that long…
You went to a store to rent physical movies
How would young people today even react to being told that just ten years ago, people still went to video stores to rent VHS and DVD copies of movies and video games for a limited period of time? Though by-mail rental services were gaining momentum, video stores were still the norm just a decade ago.
It wasn’t until 2007 that Netflix launched its online streaming service, and the rest is history…