Ahh, nostalgia. It is a powerful emotion. In fact, studies show that it’s actually a good thing to think back fondly of past times because it makes you more optimistic. This is because nostalgia makes you feel more connected to others, which in turn, makes you feel better about yourself (which makes people even more optimistic). And what can possibly evoke more nostalgia than the salad days of childhood?
Growing up as a kid in the 80s and 90s was a particularly interesting experience. You’d spend most of your after school hours and weekends playing outside and wouldn’t come in until your parents called for you. You may not have even had Internet access in your home until you were almost a teen. The childhood of the 80s and 90s kids is one that children of the future will never experience. With that, here are 13 things that will undoubtedly make you nostalgic about your childhood.
13 Flintstones Vitamins
12 Tamagotchis and Nano Pets
11 Popeye Candy Sticks
10 Milky & Gel Pens
If you were lucky, your parents might send you to school with a “Lunchable.” Each Lunchable had three separate compartments filled with borderline inedible but delicious parts and you would build your lunch like you were a little adult. All usually came with a little treat, like a candy bar, which probably explains their popularity among kids.
8 Mercer Mayer Books
7 Library Cards
6 Polka Dot Shorts
5 Furby Happy Meal Toys
4 Spice Girls Bubblegum Stickers
3 Chasing the Dickie Dee Ice Cream Man
2 MSN Messenger
1 Blockbuster Video
It wasn’t that long ago that many weekend nights were spent browsing the aisles of Blockbuster for a movie to watch. It was a classic childhood and teen experience. Blockbuster employees would slip the movie into a plastic case, you’d pick up some popcorn to go with it and return the movie to the dropbox by the end of the weekend. It was an event in and of itself. Blockbuster sadly went bankrupt in 2010, due to more competitive businesses like Netflix, who revolutionized renting movies by giving customers the option to have their videos mailed to them for free. After that, they made it even more convenient by simply making movies available for streaming online. The closest thing to renting a movie Blockbuster-style today is visiting your nearest grocery store and using the Redbox machine. But it won’t ever be the same. As sad as it is, Blockbusters are now like ancient relics of a previous time, much like telephone booths.
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