A lot of people say stuff like, “They don’t make them like they used to,” as if the build quality on things has got worse, but when you look at things like cars, or appliances, or houses, they’re so much more durable and last a lot longer than they used to.
Also, the quality of sound/light shows at festivals and large gigs. In the space of the ten years, from about 2002 to 2012, there was a huge step up in what was expected and provided.
The choice of drinks in pubs/bars. Maybe it was just the pubs or bars I went to in the 90’s but it was usually just bad lager on tap, standard spirits (JD, smirnoff, Gordon’s gin, lambs rum, malibu, archers) a fridge full of alcopops. Now you are usually well served for craft beer, ciders, non alcoholic drinks and spirits, craft spirits, nice mixers.