13 Reasons Why Audiocassettes Were The Best

13 Reasons Why Audiocassettes Were The Best

Technology is just not the same...

It is no secret that 13 Reasons Why is very popular on Netflix. I read the book before watching the show and I haven't finished it yet. However, I just happened to obtain a new RCA tape recorder that had never been used. This opened up the world of listening to audiocassette tapes that my sister and I loved recording on. Most of our childhood was spent recording and re-recording songs, skits, and other projects. I personally miss old technology. There was something so unique and cool about it. And before people start wondering...I was born in 1995. I know what a cassette is. I am not an iPod at 5 years old child. So here are 13 reasons why I loved audiocassette tapes...and also the best and "worst" parts.

1. Listening to stories on tape

We had a sh*t ton of these in my household and we practically grew up on them. We had all the Disney movies. You bet I went to sleep listening to them and CRIED when it said to flip over the tape. Let's not forget the *Ding* noise that hinted at flipping the page.

2. Recording yourself

There is no secret that my sister and I LOVED performing. If there was any way we could immortalize our star quality...we did it. VHS video recorder, photos, audiocassettes, and camcorder videos. We had them all and did it all. So my favorite thing was the fact that you could record yourself.

3. You could record over and over again, but had to be careful not to tape over something special.

Personally, my recording horror stories all stem from the VCR. However, there is something so special about the fact that you could record yourself and THEN record over it if you wanted to, but you could also record over something special. Technology used to help us savor our moments. Now we just hit delete...and it may not even go away.

4. You could make mixes of songs.

Simple, insert CD. Record part of song. Stop recording. Pick new song/ song part. TA-DA! Magic.

5. When my mom introduced me to her tape recorder in which I could plug in earphones and hear myself.

I for sure recorded the entire catalogue of High School Musical ACAPELLA and BEFORE the soundtrack was even released.

6. Getting a cassette in your Happy Meal or with a Barbie

I know a plethora of Ronald McDonald songs as well as THINK PINK from Barbie.

7. Getting blank tapes

SO much frontier to explore...so much BLANK SPACE to fill with my voice.

8. You could make a tape of saying something really special.

Since I was 7, I recorded a Mother's Day message for my mom. It was adorable and sweet.

9. Recording songs off the radio because you didn't own them

This was extremely handy when my sister had the CD and I wanted the song. Little Katherine could play a version in her kid tape player.

10. Bumping to tunes playing from your extremely kid looking tape player

The photo shall suffice.

11. The stomach drop feeling when you almost pressed record prematurely or just at the entirely wrong time


12. The clunk of the buttons when you press play, stop, eject, etc.


13. When your tape player pooped out on you and ruined your tape...

R.I.P. Peter Rabbit

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Is Technology Helping Or Hurting Introverts? There's Some Debate With 3 Pros And 3 Cons

While telecommuting delights most introverts, the temptation to do more work and impress supervisors can lead some to feel permanently on the time clock.


If you're an introvert like me, you probably revel in the ability to work and communicate in our modern world without needing to leave the house or even put on pants.

However, some experts feel that our technological ability to reach others without speaking a word makes IRL interactions even more stressful for the bookworm set.

Technology does provide many useful advantages. It allows those in the workforce to skip the morning commute, reducing carbon emissions, it opens up new educational opportunities and it even promotes discourse between relative strangers on opposite sides of the world.

But can too much of a good thing lead to further isolation and disconnect at work?

Pro 1: Technology lets introverts be heard

Have you ever had a brilliant solution cross your mind while in a meeting but hesitated to share your insight? You're not alone.

Many introverts hesitate to speak up in group settings either out of fear of embarrassment or from struggling to get a word in edgewise around more gregarious peers. Technology permits introverts to share their stroke of genius via email or message as opposed to sharing it verbally

Pro 2: Technology opens creative career doors

In earlier times, success in the creative world meant writing, painting or acting — three fields notoriously difficult to earn a living in unless talent, determination, and serendipity collided perfectly.

However, if you're a creative introvert today, you can find career success in designing web pages, coding apps, and software or producing internet content.

Pro 3: Technology celebrates unique talents

No, you may never knock recruiters' socks off with slick-talking braggadocio, but the right employer will honor your unique abilities nevertheless. Introverts take to deep work like baby ducks to water and easily maintain their attention span when working on tasks that interest them.

Whether your boss needs you to prep a carefully written legal brief or reconcile the company's balance sheet, they'll know you're someone they can count on to do the job right.

Con 1: Technology can contribute to burnout

While telecommuting delights most introverts, the temptation to do more work and impress supervisors can lead some to feel permanently on the time clock. If you work from home, establish a regular schedule just as if you still clocked in and out of the office daily. This helps to preserve work-life balance.

Con 2: Technology can increase social anxiety

While social anxiety is a very real disorder, avoiding contact makes interactions all the more difficult when real life discussions need to occur. Try your best to initiate at least one IRL interaction each day.

No, this won't turn you into an extrovert, but you can improve your conversational skills just like you hone your programming or accounting prowess.

Con 3: Technology can hinder coworker relations

Even extroverts dislike dealing with certain coworkers, but if you gain a reputation for being snooty or stuck-up simply for being quiet and skipping out on after-work gatherings, you can stymie your career progression.

Yes, the office Chatty Cathy may drive you batty, but when promotion time comes around, guess whose name sticks in your manager's mind? You don't need to go to happy hour with the team every single Friday, but making an occasional appearance brands you as shy but a still a team player, not an aloof ice princess.

Finding balance as an Introvert in an extroverted world isn't easy.

If you're an introvert like me, thriving in a talkative world may seem a feat akin to scaling Mt. Everest without the benefit of ropes and Sherpa guides. But plenty of introverts achieve enormous career success and contribute immensely to society with their insight and creativity.

By balancing technology with IRL contact, you can reach your work goals without needed to spend too much time making small talk about the weather.

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