There were three technological innovations that completely changed the way I lived growing up in the 1980s.
The microwave meant being able to cook meals without much, if any, cooking ability, or heat up leftovers with minimal effort.
We didn’t have cable, so our satellite dish — a giant one on a pole attached to the back of our house — let us watch channels other than the three or four on our TV, although they were mostly sports channels because the hill behind our house blocked most of the satellites. (Not like I was complaining.)
And then there was the VCR.