When I was a teen (back in the 90’s), things were so different than they are today. Ahh, the good ole’ days.
We wore our clothes baggy. Jeans, shirts, hammer pants – it was the style, and we rocked it.
We listened to our music with cd Walkman’s. You had to be careful when you were walking or riding the bus because the cd would skip. We didn’t have chargers for them, they used AA batteries. Oh, the way my heart would sink when I’d be in the middle of my favorite song and the batteries would suddenly die.
We had beepers/pagers. We clipped them onto our belts. Basically, if a friend wanted you to call them, instead of calling you they’d call your beeper and enter their phone number. Whenever someone “paged” you, your beeper would light up and buzz and show their phone number, and you felt super important. You’d run to the nearest phone so that you could call your friend back. Instead of using our phone numbers, sometimes we’d send secret messages like sending 63770 for hello. Get it?
We still played outside. Well, not played but hung out until the street lights come on. Talking, laughing, listening to music, having epic water fights, sometimes getting into trouble. Just plain old fun.
We didn’t take selfies! Hard to believe, right? Probably because we still used old cameras that took batteries and film, so you couldn’t see your picture right away. You had to take the film to the store for it to be developed and come back a few days later and pay to get your pictures. I remember one time in High School, I took a picture of myself and when I got my pictures back I showed it to a friend and she made fun of me for taking a photo of myself. Little did she know, I invented the selfie (just kidding – kind of).
We loved watching music videos on MTV, and BET. They weren’t available online for you to watch anytime you want like they are now. You had to wait for them to come on TV.
We had electronic gadgets called “giga pets”. We had to feed our electronic pets, walk them, play with them, and take care of them in every way. Everybody was really into it, but I had to get rid of mine because I almost killed my robo-dog. He was so needy so I gave him away. Plus, I had two real dogs so I was cool with that.
We wrote notes to our friends and passed them in the hallways, in class, on the bus, you name it. You couldn’t just write the note, you had to fold it creatively. Do you still do this today?
We had worn our Nintendo’s out, and moved on to Sega Genesis and PlayStation. Super Mario 3 still had our hearts though.
We wore scrunchies in our hair.
When a boy liked you, he couldn’t text you or suddenly appear in your DM like a master magician. He’d have to talk to you face to face, write you a note, or send one of his friends to put in a good word for him.
Things have changed in so many ways, especially with technology, but in a lot of ways, things are still the same. When you get older I wonder what stories you’ll be telling about your teen years.