Time is fleeting, and so are our desires and interests. We may once have held something dear, but over time, our priorities can shift. A user asked, What was once highly respected that is now a complete joke? And some of the things that people said are:

1. Walking in for Information

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“Walking into a workplace to inquire about a job in person.”

“I work in retail management and still respect and love when people do this! I’ve found some amazing candidates this way!”

2. Buying and Using Anti-virus

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“McAfee antivirus”

“All the OG anti-virus software.”

3. Watching Channels For Learning

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“The History Channel, The Learning Channel, MTV…”

“Food Network too. It used to be educational and fun; now it’s just ongoing competition.”

“History channel never even seems to have actually documentaries on anymore when I look now, maybe one Hitler’s Bodyguard episode a day but the last few times I looked, it had loads of renovation series on..”

4. Craftsman Tools

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“OG Craftsman tools were something else. After he died a few years ago, I inherited my father’s tool collection, most of which he had inherited from my grandfather in the 70s. Those tools are so much better than anything I’ve bought for me. Superior quality.”

“And if they did break, you could just walk into Sears, show it to them, and they’d give you a replacement, no questions asked. Hand tools/non-wear items that are (so no power tools, saw blades, etc.).”

5. Job of Bank Managers

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“Bank managers. They used to have serious power in local communities. Now they have to be glorified customer service reps a lot of the time.”

“I’m in banking, and I’ve never really thought about it that way, but it’s so true.”

6. Using Facebook

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“RIP thefacebook.com 2005-2010”

“There was a period when Facebook was the best way for college students to interact with other college students online… which sounds insane now but was true in its early years.”

7. Having Hobbies JUST For Fun

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“Hobbies. I am a hobbyist musician and will never try to make money from my music. I enjoy creating it with zero expectations. Hustle culture ruined a lot of that because now, every time I share my music with people, it turns into a conversation about monetization or how I’m wasting my time on something. Time enjoyed is not time wasted.”

“My partner does this and doesn’t realize why it bothers me. I’ve stopped talking about my hobbies with him because no, I don’t need to become an influencer on X because I like doing it a couple of times a week. I have no issue with side hustles – I’ve had a few – but sometimes I can do something for the joy it gives me.”

8. Landlines

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“Landline telephones. The house phone used to be a vital link to the outside world. It’s how you’d talk to friends and family far away, interact with businesses, call for help in an emergency, etc. But once junk calls were allowed to spiral completely out of control, the phone became a nuisance. ”

9. Wells Fargo

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“Modern Wells Fargo is not like stagecoach driving, Wild West Wells Fargo. Norwest Bank acquired Real Wells Fargo in the late nineties but kept the Wells Fargo name as it had better brand recognition. All the recent scandals have occurred since the takeover of the Bank Formerly Known as Norwest.”

“I worked for WF for a time, and all the Norwest holdovers would get a far-off look in their eyes when telling us how much better things were before the acquisition. Even the higher-ups that would sacrifice their firstborn at the altar of capitalism would reminisce about how awesome it was before it became such a corporate pigsty. Good times.”

10. Bill Cosby

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A comedian who once prided himself on only using clean comedy became the inspiration and subject of a thousand jokes on …… well…… rape.”

11. Quora

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“Quora before it turned into the new Yahoo! Answers.”

“It’s barely even legible with all of the ads (unrelated questions and answers)”

12. The Guinness Book of World Records

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“Once a well-established and professional collection of every impressive human feat, now a quick ego boost for rich kids that have barely enough talent to balance an egg on their forehead for 15 seconds on a July Afternoon at exactly 11:55 AM while wearing a Hello Kitty onesie.”

13. Yellow Pages

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“I remember sitting down, calling pizza place to pizza place for daily specials and discounts while feeling like an information officer. I still have one, albeit it’s heavily outdated.”

14. Flying

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“Flying. People used to dress up. Flight attendants were highly regarded. The food was pretty good.”

15. Working in Education

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“Working in the educational system. Being a teacher still sounds worthy of respect, but working as one is a joke. Kids are free to do whatever they want; you’re barely allowed to punish bad behavior in any way, school politics stop changing anything, parents always blame you, etc.”

16. Loyalty For Your Employer

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“Staying at a job out of loyalty.”

17. American Presidency

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“The American Presidency does NOT hold the same esteem it once did.”

18. Healthcare

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“Healthcare! I’ve been in it for 20 years. It’s changed so much. It’s a joke. I’m in the USA, so….it’s just gotten more corporate.”

“Hospital staff are underpaid and overworked. Around here, many of our OT hours are only paid with ‘thanks.’ Admins expect us to get over it because they think part of our job is to slave away our lives in the hospital.”

“I’ve been in healthcare for 23 years. When I started, the doctors ran the show. Now it’s just a bunch of suits sitting around all day having meetings about meetings and making decisions they don’t know anything about. The running of hospitals and clinics needs to go back in the hands of the people that know what’s up.”

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