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What do you most miss about the 90's?

3 years ago by baron778 with 30 comments

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  • a7h13f
    +11

    I miss the time when people didn't compulsively check their phones / facebook / twitter. It's hard to even have a meal with friends without someone pulling out their phone, and the behavior is contagious - if one person whips out their phone to post a picture of their meal, soon everyone is tweeting, updating, and curating their spotify playlists.

    • SevenTales
      +3

      That's why I've introduced the pile of phones on the center of the table rule. Everything on silent, and no one touches it until the meal/meeting/tea is done.

      • Qukatt
        +2

        I need this rule for watching a movie at home, husband is constantly playing online scrabble while watching a movie with me. I don't get it, is the movie boring? doe he not wish to spend that time with me properly?

        I mean i have an internet compulsion but i don't even look twice at my phone at dinners or out with friends or during time with my man. Just when i should be doing unimportant stuff like washing the dishes or laundry..

        • SevenTales
          +2

          Haha yeah I know the feeling. Institute it, you'll see the change is worth the little hassle :P

          • Qukatt
            +1

            i already have a no toys/devices at the table rule for the kids and us so pretty sure the movie one should be easy in theory XD

  • NinjaKlaus
    +7

    Mall Weekends, before phones we teens all congregated in the great open spaces of the mall... then from there it was let's go do this or that and drink in this field or throw a party in those woods. Today you do all that in an app, how sad I feel sometimes for kids today.

    • hallucigenia (edited 3 years ago)
      +5

      I guess it's one of those things where if you've never done it, you don't know what you're missing. For me, I can't think of very many things more boring than hanging out at a mall. If I have an app that lets me skip that step, it's a plus.

  • massani
    +7

    Slap Bracelets, Rat tails, JNCO jeans, and Frosted Tips.

    Honestly, I just miss 90s fashion.

    • hallucigenia
      +5

      Rat tails

      shudder

      Sorry, those things just look so trashy to me. You might as well have a mullet.

    • SevenTales
      +1

      the weird plaid everywhere. I miss grunge and ska music and style the most I think.

  • folkrav
    +7

    Not specifically the 90's... but being born in 1990, I would say being a kid. Jesus Christ has life turned upside down since I've been a kid. Nothing is like it was back then, my family just spread apart (everyone lived pretty close to each other back then, 30 minutes radius!), my parents got a divorce, and some things hit pretty hard. Struggled with depressive tendencies since then.

    I'm pretty happy now though. Living a pretty good life, and I have good and motivating plans for the next years.

    • Autumnal
      +5

      You get it again. I'm in my mid thirties and we have a little boy, and it's like getting your childhood back.

      • folkrav
        +3

        Those are some of the plans I was talking about. I've been with my fiancée for over 6 years and we're (finally) moving in together next summer - finally done with full-time studies after that. There are already speaks of children in the years after that, and I can't be more excited about it. I love kids, and I think I could be a good father to those child!

        • Autumnal
          +5

          Heyyyy congrats! The first 6 months you get no sleep, but it's so giddy joyous(and exhausting) that you don't get to fret about it much, but it's so, so rewarding. Our son just started saying "maMA?" and it melts my wife every time she hears it.

          • folkrav
            +3

            Congrats to you and your wife :)

  • OldTallGuy
    +6

    I miss my kids when they were kids; well sometimes I do. They've both grown up and moved on but there are times when I wish it was just the four of us under one roof again.

  • hallucigenia
    +6

    The whole neo-hippy / cyberpunk / hacker culture as exemplified by Mondo 2000.

  • pseudopsynic
    +5

    Music.

    I know, I know. I can still listen to 90s music. But I miss when new music would come out, and it didn't make me want to punch a baby.

    • Qukatt
      +2

      You didn't discover happy hardcore then. I'll take dubstep over Happy Hardcore any day.

      • pseudopsynic
        +1

        Aww, come on. Dubstep gets a bad wrap. It's not all bad.

        It has it's own place in my heart. That may be the place where I hold my guilty pleasures, but it has a place nonetheless.

        • Qukatt
          +2

          i like some of it and hate other parts of it, pretty much my entire stance on music as a whole. Except for happy hard core which can die in a fire. and garage, i don't understand garage.

          I quite like the Mike Tompkins mash up of Cinema and Disparate youth, bit more tuneful than either of the two tracks on their own. Also whatever that track was they used on the Otherland trailer... urm.. Tim Besamusca Featuring Chrysa T - Wasteland (Radical Project Remix)

  • Kalysta
    +4

    Flannel shirts. Those things were damn comfy, and less bulky than hoodies. But now if you wander around wearing them, people assume you're a hick.

    I also miss kids being allowed to go out and play without having some crazy neighbor call the cops because they think you don't watch your kids closely enough. Honestly, how did my generation end up having so many helicopter parents?

  • spectregris
    +2

    Translucent electronics, what the hell happened to that? I like to see whats going on it there, but now it's all aluminum and glass (except where it matters to me). I miss my atomic purple gameboy...

  • Urgz
    +2

    I miss how I could just call a couple of friends to ask them to get together and practically everyone instantly said yes and we'd hang out that night or that weekend. Now we have to use some online 'date planner' months in advance, because we all have 'such busy lives' somehow. That has more to do with our age than with the 90s, I guess, but I sure miss it.

  • Rhumanity
    +2

    I miss the pre 9/11 culture as well as being too young to have to pay for rent... Shout out to the 80s babies :)

  • stitches (edited 3 years ago)
    +2

    Rainbow laces in cherry red Doc Martens.
    Rimmel heather shimmer lipstick.
    My dark blue crushed velvet strappy dress.
    Britpop.
    Making mixtapes which you'd eagerly swap with your friends/love of the month.
    and not having any cares apart from whether I could afford weed and where the best place to hang out with my mates was.

    Ah, life as a teenager seems so simple now....I know it was actually full of growing pains, ridiculous crushes and broken hearts though.

  • aj0690
    +1

    Going to elementary school. That's basically it.