Pick: What was the 20th-century version of these 21st-century things?

What were the old forms of social media, smartphones and avocado toast?

Who remembers a time before instant gratification and constant communication? Things have changed drastically in the last 50 years. Information is at our fingertips and many activities like shopping and listening to music are now more convenient than ever. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Here are 15 very 21st-century things. Pick their 20th-century equivalents and see if others agree with your choices.

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  1. Which one do you think was the smartphone equivalent back in the day?
  2. Group text chats are now a common way to stay in touch with many different people. What was the best version of that before?
  3. Speaking of texting, what's the best 1970s version of emojis?
  4. Now we have satellite navigation on our phones but before we had to...
  5. If you don't have a car, you can use a rideshare app — but what was the easiest option back in the day?
  6. What was the 1960s version of a dating app?
  7. Avocado toast has become the trendy food of the last few years. What was that food for the 1960s?
  8. Nowadays we can get food delivered at the touch of a button. What was the equivalent before?
  9. We can also buy almost anything we want online, used or new! What was the 1960s version of that?
  10. What was the 1960s version of social media?
  11. What was the 1970s version of playing online video games?
  12. Music streaming has made it easier to find new tunes and listen on the go. What was the old version of that?
  13. Speaking of streaming, what was the 1970s version of binge-watching?
  14. What was the equivalent of YouTube back in the day?
  15. Of course, one of the biggest changes in the 21st century is the ability to instantly know something with Google. What was the best version of that 50 years ago?

Pick: What was the 20th-century version of these 21st-century things?

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SashaPayneDiaz 16 days ago
70%.....and I prefer peanut butter & jelly toast.
BobD 19 days ago
What the h*ll is " Avocado toast " ???
bewest169 21 days ago
90% feel so sorry for todays youths not knowing how simple and fun the 70's where where you had respect for being an individual and own thougths not todays group think and if you are not in line you are shamed and threaten by social media bullies
Greg bewest169 6 days ago
In the 70s the bullies were in school and at home
Ironhead75 21 days ago


81% similar to the most popular responses
kimmer 21 days ago
63%....hanging out in our fort in the woods....radio playing on our fave AM station....we knew our fort was better than the older kids, cause they'd chase us out!!!
DJS3 22 days ago
70% - I'm not sure if that's supposed to be good or bad.
daDoctah 22 days ago
Before there was 4K HD, we had ViewMaster!
KIMBB002 23 days ago
I sure hope that Jim Reynolds takes this test!
Karen 24 days ago
This quiz was mostly very accurate, and I think was made by someone who's lived through the 60s and 70s. If the creator is younger than 45, I think they did an excellent job of researching (except question #8 with phone delivery of at least pizza and Chinese).
Granny Karen 23 days ago
In the Chicago area you could order from Chicken Delight too.
TheDavBow3 24 days ago
90% Wow! My personal best! If I only made those marks in school!! 😉
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