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21 Things That Were Common 40 Years Ago, But Are a Luxury Now

If you believe that things just aren't like they used to be, then this gallery is for you. Society has changed, and some things that were commonplace 30 to 40 years ago have become luxuries. The people of Ask Reddit came together to give 21 of their best examples. 


Believe it or not, when we say 40 years ago, we're talking about the 80s, not the 60s. However, some of us have a hard time accepting that time moves as fast as it does, so some of these answers might apply a little more to decades slightly before what was actually 40 years ago. Those answers have still been included for emotional, if not strictly physical accuracy.


Do you remember the days of going outside with your friends and riding your bikes around the neighborhood, doing who knows what sorts of mischief only to get back home just in time for dinner? Well, those days are over, thanks in combination to technology and your parents' real crime documentaries. Kids just don't hang out the way they used to Stranger Things style, and it's a real shame. Unless of course, they live in a culdesac. Here are 21 things that were common 40 years ago, but a luxury now. 

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