The early noughties were a weird time in our culture. There are so many things that we thought were chic, or cool, that we would absolutely never think today. We look at pictures of celebrities and ourselves alike and wonder what we were all thinking. It's like society was trying to punk us in 2006, and succeeded.
While in other decades, there are redeeming qualities, and things that make comebacks. There are a lot of things on this list I hope never makes a comeback as long as I live. But on the flip side, if some of these come back into style, I will probably go along with it - for nostalgia's sake (or at least that’s what I’ll tell myself).
2006 was only ten years ago, so how is it that the world we live in, today seems like it is in a different solar system from back then. So much has changed, from technology, fashion, celebrities, even the Internet and how we use it. It’s important to look back on these things so that we can never repeat our mistakes as a culture. Here are 15 things that will bring you right back to 2006, and remind you that it’s a good thing that it is no longer 2006 at the same time.
16 Amanda Bynes
Growing up in the 90s and the early 00s, it was hard to watch something without Amanda Bynes in it. She started on Nickelodeon’s All That, then eventually her own sketch comedy show, The Amanda Show. By 2006, she had transitioned from kids’ TV shows to movies and even a sitcom on the WB.
2006 was a great year for Bynes. This was the year she starred in what might be her best movie - She’s the Man. That year she was voted one of Teen People’s Hottest 25 under 25.
I don’t hate hats. I think a baseball cap while running is a beautiful thing. Some sun hats look lovely. Hell, I would love to be able to pull off one of those cute hipster felt hats. But I hate fedoras. It’s like headwear that was designed so you can pick out jerks.
14 Kevin Federline
Kevin who? K-Fed, Britney Spears’ husband for a short time in the early 00s. What does it say about us as a society if we don’t remember K-Fed?
I wouldn’t necessarily call him an IT boy of 2006, but he was largely in the spotlight back then. And let us not forget, that this is one year before Britney’s massive breakdown, where she shaved her head and bashed in a car window with an umbrella. This is the year their youngest son was born, and the year that Britney filed for a divorce. Oh, and it was the year he released his awful album, Play With Fire. I don’t suggest you listen to it.
This is easily one of the weirdest fashion accessories we had back in 2006. To have a grill was the ultimate sign of wealth back then - you have so much money that you have both gold and diamonds in your mouth. Looking back now, it just seems sort of ridiculous. Why would you wear that thing in your mouth? If you glance, it looks like a mouth full of braces - which absolutely isn’t cool.
12 Lindsay Lohan
From her beginnings in The Parent Trap to one the greatest movies of our time, Mean Girls, to the downright bad movies she made after that like Just My Luck - Lindsay Lohan used to be everywhere in the early 2000’s. We loved her in Disney movies, and we laughed with her as Cady Herring. And then, Lohan fell off the wagon - hard.
But back in 2006, there is a small window of time before she really took a turn for the worst. This is before her DUIs, or her rehab visits. There were rumors in 2006 that she was attending AA meetings but in the large scheme of things that’s not all that much in comparison to being arrested for possession of cocaine.
11 Watching Movies on an iPod
Just for a minute, let us remember how we used to listen to music. Before everyone had a smartphone, we used to use an entirely separate device that held all our music. And it was totally revolutionary at the time. I don’t have to bring my CD player and all my CDs with me when I go on a long road trip? What a time to be alive.
10 Pop Punk
Pop Punk was everywhere in 2006, and at 14 I was far from mad about it. This was one of the peak years for this music. Boys and girls alike were wearing more eyeliner. Everyone was wearing black. And we were all being irrationally angsty, listening to My Chemical Romance, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, and Taking Back Sunday, to name a few.
9 Juicy Track Suits
Cue throw up noise. I have nothing against velour; it’s soft and lovely. Honestly, I wish velour was used in more articles of clothing. Why can’t I get a velour dress or even a blazer? Honestly, this is a fabric that doesn’t get enough credit. But to have both your pants and top match this perfectly, it makes my stomach churn.
There’s something about an adult wearing this track suit; it makes them look ridiculous like they couldn’t be trusted to pick out an outfit that matches on their own - so they wore one that comes together. And don’t even get me started with the writing on the butt. Get out of here with that garbage.
8 Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton was the IT girl in 2006. She was famous for being rich, and partying, and for having a pretty terrible reality show with Nicole Richie. She’s basically the Kim Kardashian of the time. She wasn’t a good actress. She wasn’t a goo singer, even though she definitely released an album. But she was famous, for some reason.
What happened to Paris? To be honest, I hadn’t heard all that much about her since the mid 00’s. As the decade ended, her spotlight began to fizzle. While she is busy, DJing, recording an album with Cash Money Records, and cameos on Real Housewives - her limelight has drastically decreased since her heyday in 2006.
7 Ugg Boots and Mini Skits
Looking back at this fad makes me cringe. I always thought Uggs were ugly, even back then. Obviously, I had a pair, even though I thought they were hideous. They were light blue boots, and they were probably the ugliest shoes I’ve ever owned.
6 Creative Emails
Before the world collectively decided that we would all just put our names in our emails, there were unique ones, that really highlighted our personalities. We used a lot of characters and probably were a little more liberal with uppercase letters. Maybe yours highlighted your love for cats like ~kAtLuvrfirstname.lastname@example.org because of course it was an AIM account.
Personally, in 2006 I had BillabongXgirl16@aim.com, because I loved Billabong at the time, and thought it was more creative than the thousands of girls who used roxygirl. Either way, it’s all bad.
5 Hannah Montana
With how Miley Cyrus has been these past couple of years, it’s hard to remember that she got her start in 2006 as Disney’s Hannah Montana. Back then, she was just a teenager, who was sweet with this cute little southern accent, who just wanted the best of both worlds. What isn’t to like about a girl who lives a double life as both a pop star and a normal teenager?
4 Low Rise Jeans
Why did we love low rise jeans so much? Was it because we wanted boys to see our thongs? So we could show off our hipbones? The only thing that low rise jeans succeeded in was to give us inevitable muffin tops, and that is a fact.
3 Facebook Was Opened To Everyone
This was the first year that Facebook was open to the general public, not just college students. And thus started the bottomless pit that is social media. Before this year, we were using Myspace. Do you remember that? What a dark time in our culture.
Facebook allowed us to message people privately, while also being able to post conversations on one another’s walls. We could post more than just one profile picture now - so we posted every picture. It allowed us to post statuses and let everyone know if we were taking a nap. It was a turbulent time in our society.
Who knew back in 2006 that Facebook would become such an important part of our world today? Businesses are using it to promote products. Celebrities post things so that it feels like we are actually friends with them. Close to everyone in the world has a Facebook account at this point, and it literally has made our world that much smaller.
1 Flip Phones
This might be one of the biggest changes to our world in the past ten years. How did we even function with phones that didn’t connect to the Internet instantly? How did we even eat lunch without sharing a picture of it on Instagram? How did we survive this dark time in our history?
This is the year before the iPhone was first introduced. The closest thing to what we know as a smartphone was the Blackberry. Back in 2006 though, you didn’t need a smartphone to go about your day. There weren’t as many social media platforms. There wasn’t this crippling need to always be connected. We could text our friends in T9, and when we got upset, we could throw our phones without worrying that the screen would crack into a million pieces. It was a simpler time.
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