Ah the 90s.It was a simpler time.
The era of landline telephones, tamagotchis and rollerblades.
Fashion was dominated by “The Rachel,” curtain fringes and the Wonderbra 3000.
Whereas music was taking a new and exciting direction thanks to the rise of subcultures like hip-hop, grunge and “eurodance.”
It was the decade that we were first introduced to Toy Story, and it was the dawning of the Disney Renaissance. Can you imagine a time before ER, Beverley Hills 90210 or Sex and the City? No, neither can we.
The 90s were characterised by the rise of multiculturalism and alternative media.
This continued well into the 2000s.
Movements such as grunge, the rave scene and hip hop spread around the world, aided by then-new technology such as cable TV and the internet.
The 90s was politically defined by a movement towards the right-wing after the collapsing of communism that occurred during the first two years of the decade.
There was an increase in support for far-right parties in Europe, as well as the advent of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and cuts in social spending in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.
The United States also saw a massive revival in the use of the death penalty in the 1990s, which reversed in the early 21st century.
During the 1990s the character of the European Union and Euro were formed and codified in treaties.
The 1990s saw extreme advances in technology, with the World Wide Web, the first gene therapy trial, and the first designer babies all emerging in 1990 and being improved and built upon throughout the decade.
Still, the 90s ended almost a full two decades ago (we’ll give you a minute to let that sink in), which means you’ve probably aged by 18 years also (sorry about that).
If you got to live any of the decade’s best moments firsthand you’re probably no spring chicken (we mean like, 30), but be grateful you’re not a youth today.
I mean, they’ll never know the joy of roll-on body glitter or wallets with chains on them, and there’s no way Snapchat will ever be more worthwhile than a GameBoy.
If you did any of the things on this list below, you’re definitely old now. Enjoy!
1. Writing letters by hand
Winnie the Pooh stationery was the only cool way to keep up with your friends from vacation.
Of course, writing letters by hand is a novelty nowadays.
Hand-writing is becoming a things of the past due to iPads and such like.
Communication is done instantly over texting and Snapchat.
People email each other rather than communicate in writing.
Even when they do communicate in writing, it’s always spewed out of some machine.
2. Carrying around cash
Debit cards were literally for just taking money out at the cashpoint.
People wouldn’t think twice about using cash everywhere.
Now the opposite can be said.
Many places have even gone ‘cashless.’
You can’t get on public transport in London without a contactless device.
I once tried offering cash and they refused, to which I was shocked not being a London resident and needing to get places without a contactless card or an Oyster.
It will soon be our fingerprints that we are paying for everything with.
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