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74 Things You Totally Did as a Teenager in the 2000s

Feb 22 2017 - 12:15pm

Remember last decade, how you used to quote Mean Girls word for word while talking to your best friend [1] on your Nokia cell phone? You wore low-rise jeans with tiny t-shirts [2] and Rocket Dog sandals and spent your afternoons requesting music videos on TRL and learning the dance moves to "I'm a Slave 4 U." We'll be honest; we still quote Mean Girls and try to copy Britney Spears [3] routines, but we look back on those days [4] with equal parts dreamy nostalgia [5] and sheer horror. We're taking a trip down memory lane with all the best (and worst) things about coming of age in the aughts. So here we go: you know you were a teenager in the 2000s if . . .

You Memorized the Remix to "Ignition"

Shook It Like a Polaroid Picture

Took Off All Your Clothes

And Denied Things by Saying, "It Wasn't Me," in a Jamaican Accent

You Thought These Two Would Be Together Forever

Same With These Two

And These Two

Your Jeans Didn't Have Back Pockets

Or Belt Loops

But They Were as Low as Humanly Possible

You Spent Hours Choosing a Song to Play as Your Outgoing Voicemail Message

And recording it at just the right moment.

Crafting Your AIM Away Message With Emotional Song Lyrics (or Cryptic, Attention-Seeking Blurbs)

Downloading Music From Kazaa and Limewire

Then Burning That Music Onto Blank CDs

Not to mention decorating them with Sharpies.

And Organizing Your Top Friends on MySpace

It was never without drama.

You Were Addicted to Texting and Playing Snake on Your Nokia Cell Phone

And You Kitted It Out With a New Cover Every Month

Then You Got It Taken Away For Running Up the Bill

This Was Your First iPod

It was like carrying around a hockey puck.

And You Had to Wait a Week to See That Selfie You Took

You Quoted Mean Girls Religiously

Learned the Cheer Routines From Bring It On

Tried to Surf Like in Blue Crush

And Wanted to Take a Road Trip With Your Girlfriends, à la Crossroads

You Remember This Miley Cyrus

This Hilary Duff

And This Rihanna

You Thought This Was the Best Super Bowl Halftime Show Ever

Until Beyoncé in 2013, of course.

You Learned All the Dance Moves to "I'm a Slave 4 U"

No, Really. Every Move

Even the Supersexy Ones!

When You Got Home From School, You Made Yourself Some Easy Mac

Requested Videos on TRL

Watched Celebrities Get Punk'd

And Flipped Through YM Magazine

You Wore Tube Tops and Prairie Skirts

And Juicy Couture Sweatsuits

Then You Accessorized With a Tiffany Charm Bracelet

And Those Sunglasses That Were Barely Tinted Enough to Protect Your Eyes

You Remember Samantha Mumba


Willa Ford

And Dream

You Hung Out at the Virgin Megastore

And the Vans SkatePark

And Played Dance Dance Revolution in the Middle of the Mall

Source: WikiMedia [8]

You Didn't Leave the House Without Your MAC Lipglass

Or Your Rocket Dog Sandals

Or Your Von Dutch Trucker Hat

Or Your Dooney & Bourke Logo Purse

You Got Your Belly Button Pierced and Bought the Dangliest Ring You Could Find

Then Showed It Off in Your Tiny Hollister T-Shirt

Your Feet Stayed Warm in a Pair of Ugg Boots

While Your Legs Cooled Off in a Denim Miniskirt

And If You Were Feeling Fancy, You'd Stick on a Crystal Tattoo

You Were Hooked on The O.C.

Wished You Lived in Laguna Beach

Thought About Who Your Phone-a-Friend Would Be

And Wondered If You'd Be the Weakest Link

You Remember When Kelly Clarkson Won American Idol

When Gwen Stefani Went Harajuku

And When Christina Aguilera Got "Dirrty"

With two R's.

Source: RCA [9]

You Wondered If Beyoncé and Jay Z Were Dating

You Listened to "Where the Party At" on Repeat Even Though You'd Never Actually Been to a Party

Source: Sony [10]

And You Listened to "In Da Club" on Repeat Even Though You'd Never Actually Been in a Club

You Remember When Jessica Simpson Thought Tuna Was Chicken

And When Paris Hilton Thought Walmart Sold "Wall Stuff"

You Wore Your Hair Stick Straight

Or Maybe in One of Those Ponytails With the Two Strands Hanging Down in Front

Sometimes You Did a Few Front Twists

Or Flipped the Ends Out

And You Weren't Afraid to Try Cornrows

Basically, You Were the Hottest Thing Ever

And You Should Look Back on That Time With Pride

No matter how mortifying it looks in pictures.

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