Listening to music took effort
Making mix tapes, actual physical mix tapes, meant recording songs off the radio and pausing during commercial breaks. And those tapes could break easier than the dudes 2-stepping on sidewalk cardboard. With Spotify and a host of other apps, getting thousands of songs in an instant is easier than a more modern reference than breakdancing that we can't think of.
Updating your status wasn't a thing
Short of standing on a milk crate with a megaphone and telling people what you think, there was no way to let millions of strangers know your take on current events, fashion, food, and various celebrity butts. In fact, celebrity butts were rarely at all talked about. Fast forward 30 years and with Facebook and Twitter, everyone can now your hot take with the press of an index finger -- and that's way cooler than Zubaz pants.