If you can’t name the Spice Girl’s #1 hit or you don’t remember the pain on your wrist from trying on a slap bracelet, then you probably aren’t a 90s kid. With all the amazing inventions and shows from that generation, being a 90s kid seems like a privilege. There has been numerous groundbreaking events that make the 90s so memorable. The OJ Simpson trail. Bill Clinton’s presidential reign and scandal. The popularity of sitcoms. The decade of one hit wonders. Y2K. The World Wide Web. These things and more created a platform for what would come after it.
Today, however, we have much more technology and better advancements in society and peoples civil rights. So why do people still long for the simplicity of the 90s? Why do we feel privileged to be a 90s kid? On National Geographic’s website, they question whether we should consider the 90s to be “the last great decade” by providing articles and videos to explain the good times that we can never forget. I can bet if you asked 90s kids that question, they would say yes.
You can tell by looking around you, just at what people are wearing these days, that trends are cyclical. Seeing people in chokers and oversized flannels brings back the 90s grunge phase; and plaid skirts and knee socks are a reference to Cher (who is, in my opinion, a total fashion icon) in the hit 90s movie Clueless. People bring back these trends for two reasons: trends are cyclical and almost always come back in style, and people are nostalgic.
Sure, we can be thankful that some trends didn’t make it back; like frosted tips or embellished jeans. But on a more serious note, teen smoking was a huge trend in the 90s; a perfect example being when Gia pressured sixth grade Stephanie Tanner to smoke a cigarette in the 90s television series Full House. Today, advertisements show teens admitting that smoking is not “cool” and should be put to and end.
Numerous twitter accounts are dedicated to focusing solely on these “good old days”. They are filled with images and videos that people will look at and think “I remember that!” or “I miss those!”.
Even a simple statement like this makes people nostalgic? Who cares that our generation used cameras instead of a iPhone to capture the memories of our past? It seems like no one should really, but when things like this are brought up people get almost, dare I say, emotional.
The biggest question to be asked, one that we will have to wait and see, is if in twenty years from now, we will be nostalgic for the 2010s? Or at least will kids who would consider themselves “2010 kids” find themselves longing for the days of the iPhone 6s and One Direction? many of 90s kids parent’s probably looked back to the years they grew up when they were our age. But now, if you were to ask a 45-50 year old, they would probably answer the question “what was the best decade in your life?” with “the 80s!”. This makes me believe that, yes, we will be looking back on the days of today with that same nostalgic feeling we have for the 1990s.