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While reporting another column on teen dating, we asked a simple question. Do today's teens still make each other mixtapes to express their feelings?
We included this explanation, in case our sources were too young to even know what we were talking about:
"Alright, so back before Spotify, SoundCloud, iTunes, Kazaa, Napster, and Winamp, there were CDs. Before CDs, there were cassette tapes. As a form of courtship, a person would record songs on a tape that they thought articulated their love for another person. Then, they would give the tape to them. This was called a mixtape. Is any of this making sense?"