Friday, September 14, 2012

Kids These Days: 7 Reasons 90s Babies Get Treated Like Red-Headed StepChildren

Kids born in 1994 turn 18 this year. Kids born in 1991 turn 21 this year. Does that make you feel old yet? I'll wait. 

Lately, I've noticed a little tension between folks born in the 80s and kids born in the 90s. Yes, kids. 90s babies don't get NO respect. It's not quite hostility or jealousy, but it's more like an older brother teasing his younger sister. I've also noticed the bewilderment of 90s babies who can't seem to understand where it comes from. They look around like, "Well what did I do to y'all?" Simmer simmer pots & pans. I'm here for y'all. Since no one else is gonna tell you, I will. 
We treat you the way we do because we know what you missed. There. I said it. Don't shoot the messenger. Just like generations before us would talk about "kids these days," now it's our turn. Difference is we don't know how to act. We have Twitter and Facebook now so it magnifies the message. "Kids these days" is a demeaning phrase, of course, but it's said in reminiscence of our days growing up so it's not that bad. My great-grandfather used to say my generation is spoiled with school buses because his generation had to walk 8 miles to school in the snow. LOL! We may not have come up walking 8 miles to school in the snow, but 80s babies think we struggled in our own right. 90s babies are the generation that came about when technology was on the brink of breakthrus. 80s babies and older generations feel like you missed out on some thangs. What thangs? I'm glad you asked. 


7. Technology. When it comes to technology, 90s babies are spoiled. They didn't have to struggle like we did. Their first cell phone was prolly an iPhone. My first cell phone was a Nokia. 90s babies probably don't even recognize that picture to the right. I struggled with T9 texts for years. They don't know nothin about playin snake. They don't know about that dial-up 1000 hours free from AOL and getting disconnected every time you got a phone-call. They don't know about that "A/S/L" in AOL chat rooms. 90s babies get to college and have a flat screen tv. They don't know about our big-backed tv and Encyclopedia struggles. 

6. TV Shows. The 90s gave us the best tv shows. You might have glanced at 'em, but you were just a young tadpole so you weren't enjoying them like we were. While kids born in the 90s were hooked on Barney, we were watching In Living Color, Martin, Hey Arnold, All That!, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Magic School Bus, Clarissa Explains it all, Boy Meets World and the list goes on. You didn't get to experience ABC's "1 Saturday Mornings" lineup of the best cartoons and tv shows. All these kids have to watch today is reality shows and scripted shows with terrible writers. We feel sorry for you. 

5. How You "Play." 80s babies are the last generation to play outside. Don't debate me on that. I couldn't wait to come home from school, change my clothes and play outside with my friends. I rarely see that now. 90s babies don't know what it's like to play outside and ride bicycles for fun because they're inside playing videogames and texting while sitting right next to each other. They don't nothin about Hop Scotch, Red light, green light, Double Dutch, hide and seek or a Gameboy. They didn't have a Tamagotchi or beanie babies. That's just tough. 

4. Fashion. 90s babies don't know nothin about LA Gears, Keds, clear jelly sandals and Bill Cosby sweaters. You don't know nothin about rockin FUBU, throwback jerzees, Gumby haircuts and Tommy Hilfiger overalls. I lived for Lisa FrankThey're all too busy rockin colored skinny jeans and denim jackets. 
3. Sports. They missed watching Michael Jordan play with the Chicago Bulls. That right there is a travesty in an of itself. Mattafack, after you finish reading this just go watch Youtube videos of his championship games. 


2. Movies. 80s babies got to enjoy Forrest Gump. The Lion King. Toy Story. Jurassic Park. Home Alone. White Men Can't Jump. Candyman. Say what you want about Candyman, but it had me spooked and til this day I won't look in a mirror and say his name. Have you seen any of those movies? Go to your nearest Redbox and rent 'em. Why do you think a lot of the movies released today are remakes? Hollywood still wants to cater to us.

1. Taste in Music. 90s babies don't appreciate music the way other generations do. 80s babies are old enough to appreciate the sounds of Frankie Beverly and Maze while 90s babies think Candy Rain is an old school song. They missed out on the N'Sync & Backstreet Boys era, The Spice Girls, MC Hammer, Will Smith (yes, we let him be great) and The Fugees. 90s babies got Chief Keef and Lil Mouse as the voices of their generation. Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of Tupac's murder. Some of 'em weren't even born when he was killed! Yea, go ahead and feel old. 

This is by no means bashing 90s babies. I have siblings born in the 90s and they're alright with me. I love y'all. Doesn't mean 80s babies don't look at you and feel sorry for you. It's not that we don't think you had a great up-bringing it's that we can tell you missed out on a few things. Just like we had to endure, so shall you. We just want you to pay homage to your elders. 80s babies are your elders. Fret not as 2000s babies get older, your time for saying "kids these days" is coming. Just be patient grasshoppers. 

So now it's your turn. What do you think 90s babies missed out on? What do you think they have that older generation were lacking?

 
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28 comments:

sexandthesisters said...

Dial up internet...LOL! Shoot, having computers in the house was a LUXURY way back in my day. We had one family member who had a computer, and if you wanted to use it, you had to drive to his house. I didn't have a cell phone until my Senior year in HS! We used to have to be concerned that our parents would pick up the line and hear the nasty stuff we were trying to get away with...

oh, maybe that was just me. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Record stores. Browsing through the record stores, waiting for an album to drop, meeting an artist in store, and actually buying a - gasp - CD! That experience is sadly lost. The kiddies don't even have to get out of bed to buy music now.

MTV. It was in it's hey day then. There was actual exclusitvity to video premieres, artist interviews, and the Real World was pretty good (the cast were more mature & did more than party & get wasted in the jacuzzi).

Rickeysha said...

OMGosh I was just thinking about the Real World. Ruthy's season was the last one I watched, but you're right about them doing more than just party and get wasted. TV has turned into such a sh*t show. The shows with the most sh*t get the best ratings, so all those involved respond accordingly.

Rickeysha said...

LOL!!! We used to sneak around too. Whispering nasty stuff you know you shouldn't be saying! I got my first cell phone after the Columbine shootings. It definitely was not meant for extended use as I had 300 minutes TOTAL (no free nights & weekends). I played snake on it for hours and thought I was fancy when I got a Winnie The Pooh case. I knew nothing of ringtones except for what Nokia gave me AND texting was outta the question since it was all T9.

Will said...

I got a kick out of reading this. Try and give an 18 year old directions somewhere. They just want the address to put it in their phone or gps and let that guide them. I remeber Pay Phones everywhere you turn gas stations, subways, malls. I cannot remember when they vanished or who pulled them all out but they seem to be gone now. I stopped in a convience store once and aksed for a phonebook and the girl working the counter said she didnt think they made them anymore. Obviously they do but these vital tools of our yesteryear are after thoughts in todays world.

So many things the children of the 90's never got to live. I do think the most vital part of my youth was no matter where in the coutnry we lived at the time if i didnt have school that day i went out to play after breakfast and didnt come home for till almost dinner time, my travel range was miles away when going out. Today I just figure kids cant leave the yard anymore.

born 1982

Rickeysha said...

WOW! You took me way back to using 1-800-COLLECT calling home on a school trip. Pay phones & phone books? Using the yellow pages to find a restaurant? Actually asking someone for directions to get some place and having to remember them because you didn't have a cell phone to call? Stopping at a gas station to ask for directions? Talk about how times have changed. Kids these days are so dependent on technology, they can't think without out. I'm grateful I grew up in a world where playing outside until the street lights came on was something you looked forward to ^__^!

Aurelia said...

I don't know. I think I will debate you on the whole playing outside issue. I was born in the 80's and I for sure didn't play outside while my younger sister, born in the 90's, did. I had a bunch of 80's born friends who spent all day inside on the computer/video games. That meme had originally encompassed 60's births and earlier, but has since stretched to include later generations (even those born in the 90's). I feel like, to be fair, we need to ask "what about us, what about the 80's babies? What did we miss in the eyes of those born in the 70's and earlier?"


Of course, I don't view those born in the 90's as significantly different to myself so this may colour my view. We grew up in a similar way - but it depends on who you are, what your experiences have been, etc. I spent much of my school career IMing the person next to me. I for sure don't remember or was allowed to watch about half the things you mentioned while my sister totally loves Candyman.

Rickeysha said...

That question, "What about us...what did we miss in the eyes of those born in the 70s & earlier" is the premise of this post. There are some things 80s babies think 90s babies missed out on. We've matured to a point where we can understand what our childhoods meant to us and how 90s babies don't see things the same way. Of course these are all generalizations used in such a way that helps me make a point, but you get it, right? :)

Aurelia said...

Thanks for such a kind response :D




I think I get it! I just can't relate to all of it (I missed the boat so many of the things mentioned here!). Yeah, we do understand what our childhood meant to us! Perhaps the confusion here for me is that I had that same appreciation when I was 18 - and 12. I definitely missed being in single digits at 12! ;D




Maybe some of it is coming from being surrounded by studies of births 1980 and later being among the first to grow up with with technology/internet - which has been my experience - and we're judging the 90's babies for it LOL! I suppose, from my perspective, experiences, and how I'm regarded, 80's babies are still quite young and have yet to be taken quite as seriously as our older peers. It's still so frustrating!




But I see your point about how the older sibling always feels what the younger sibling missed out on, or something akin to that. I know my friend born in 1978 just sighs when she realizes I have never touched a typewriter. Like my 1997-born cousin never knowing the first wave wonders of Tamagotchi keychain greatness.


Oh, god, I always write a novel when I post! Sorry!!

Rickeysha said...

See! I know about that typewriter & early Microsoft Office struggle. I typed all of my college scholarship applications. I also have killed a few giga pets (sometimes several in the same day). I think when we talk about 80s babies growing up with technology, it is true BUT 90s babies are getting the best technology available and 2000s babies have out of this world access to info & technology. The latter 2 generations don't know what it means to grab an Encyclopedia to do research. Fact is, each generation hazes the one behind it for "missing out." It's pretty fun too lol!

Aurelia said...

Yeah, you do raise a good point with your experiences with a typewriter. These environments are dependent on variable factors like personal scope and situations as well! I never used an encyclopedia (I was taught, but that's also part of a the school curriculum for my '97 and '99 born cousins), I had to look up what Candy Rain was, and, oh dear god, I never saw Michael Jordon play (but I saw him in a commercial once!) but I am a fellow Giga Pet murderer (weren't those AMAZING. Getting a new one? SO EXCITING.) I must sound absolutely lame to you... and I really am. Then again, by the same token, I'm student teaching in a school situated in a low income neighborhood and there are students coming from households with no computers or internet. These students know how to use and look up information in hard copy better than I do! I know I started to veer off topic but I really appreciate you getting into the discussion with me!! :) Thank-you!

Rickeysha said...

LOL! I'm not one to call another person lame because I have more than my fair share of lame moments. I appreciate your honesty about your lame-ness and I still don't know how you never watched Jordan play! I know I'll get in trouble for saying this, but you get to watch Lebron play and overall he's a better athlete than Jordan was in his prime. I'd say you're doing pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm gonna tell you how it is. I was born in '92. I experienced ALL of this. ALL. I VERY MUCH watched Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, All That!, Rocko's Modern Life, Recess, Doug, Pokemon, and all of the like. And, as much as I hate to admit it, I watched Power Rangers. I was addicted to most of these shows, in fact. Also, my entire grade was obsessed with Backstreet Boys and Tupac. We also all had little kid crushes on Britney Spears. Also, I loved Hammer. And, yes, I remember when Pac was killed. That goes for Biggie, too. Now, granted, we were all pretty messed up for six, seven, or eight-year-old kids. (Every last one of us had a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of sex by that time, among other things.)

Also, if you don't think that we ever played outside, you are sadly mistaken. My parents often FORCED me to play outside, not that that they needed to. I went outside all the time. I rode bikes, played hopscotch and Red Rover at recess. And we played Red Light-Green Light quite a bit in P.E. Furthermore, a lot of us were hooked on Beanie Babies and Furbies. We played with some Tamagotchis back then, too.

I am proud to say that I watched the Lion King when it was first released. That's right. I watched it with my parents, in a theater, as a toddler. We also rented Home Alone and many of those others from our local video store, which was about a block away from my house. This was when VHS's where still common.

Don't even get me started on dial-up. In my early years, dial-up was all we had. It sucked, but it was what we had. Also, my dad had a Nokia phone, and he occasionally gave it to us for emergencies. And, uh, REALLY? We had box TVs even through the 2000s. We still have a couple lying around. Most of my friends didn't even have a flatscreen until the mid 2000s.

I caught a few Jordan games, but I really knew him from Space Jam. (Go on. Laugh.) What am I missing. Oh, yeah, Beavis and Butthead. I didn't mention that when I was talking about TV. My grade loved that. (Again, we were extremely messed up.)

Anyway, your entire premise is based on generalizations and fallacies. However, your general point is somewhat sound. I feel similarly about some kids born in the early O's. But I recognize that they still share certain things in common with us, just like we share certain things in common with you. I guess it depends on how early in the decade you were born. I was born in the early '90s, so I got a lot of this stuff. Conversely, someone born in 1998 would be missing out on a bit more. I understand your point, but it is flawed. You're focusing on the wrong things. Focus on early '80s rap or something. That's something that some of my friends probably have never heard. I was lucky. My parents play a lot of '80s music. ;p

Anonymous said...

*What am I missing?

Rickeysha said...

Thanks for reading. Just like any other article about generalizations there will be outliers-you are one of them. I'm well aware that some 90s babies had different experiences because, as I mentioned above, I have siblings born in the 90s. As I also said, it is merely the time in our lives where 80s babies look at 90s babies the same way those born in the 60s and 70s look at us and the same way you're looking at 2000s babies. I never meant for the article to apply to every single person born in the 90s so to even assume that while reading is illogical. Share it with your friends and see what they say :)

Anonymous said...

I remember all that stuff and I was born in early 90's. I still don't have a flat screen and my first phone was a nokia playing snake with t9 word. I HATED power rangers, I played outside which my mom hated because my school uniform was always dirty. I hated dial up, I remember the pagers my family had for the pay phones. Mj was my favorite athlete growing up and I almost broke the vcr watching space jam everyday. I also have vhs of every movie you listed and I watched them in theaters and rented from the blockbuster near our house before it became a beauty supply store. I hated the late 90's music. I hated nsync Brittany spears and destiny's child and all that pop crap. I never liked hip hop and the black community is better off without that fake gangster tupac who went to a performing arts school in Baltimore with jada pinkett then 7 years later he was a west coast thug. Please. Maybe I'm the only one who noticed that after those two died all that east coast west coast beef and killings stopped. Just like people stopped killing each other for starter jackets, which ironically now only retails at Walmart. Also I remember the gumby fade, which was cute except all the boys in my class had that ugly rat tail (one little dread lock) in the back. Please stop saying people born in the early 90's didn't experience these things. And yes I did watch abc. Saturday morning cartoons since I didn't have my own tv. I remember Doug, pepper ann, recess, and boy meets world.

Anonymous said...

All that stuff and more that I watched and more including 90's books we read in school. Didn't mean to go off on a tangent about tupac and biggie. The 90's weren't that great except for the economy and the cartoons. The music was terrible. There is no difference between another bad creation and mindless behavior. Seriously, abc's cover of jealous girl made my ears bleed. Uncle luke and the 2 live crew are no different than the ying yang twins. Neither of their work should be considered music, it's just porn for the blind. The 90's are overrated. I wonder what people will be nostalgic about 10 years from now when I'm in my 30's.

Anonymous said...

Oh yea and I remember the Macarena, which is like today's gangam style. Btw I have no clue who chief keef is or the other guy. FUBU was all people wore after starter gear faded. Lisa frank supplied all the popular girl's school supplies, yes I remember that too. The spice girls sucked. I had all those toys you mentioned (mine was a gameboy color). People stopped wearing tommy Hilfiger after a rumor spread that he was a racist. And I don't know what aol chat room you were in, but it's usually a/s/c as in what is your age, sex, and city.

Anonymous said...

I consider the 00's and '10s better simply for improved technology, medical advances, and social progress. I don't know about you, but I'll take being able to watch videos on demand for free on comcast(Atlanta cable company) over getting another ass whooping for running up the phone bill ordering videos from "the box." At least now the videos are free and you don't have to wait half an hour for the video to show up on your tv.

Raine Lali Gabrielle said...

That's great. Thanks for reading!

Raine Lali Gabrielle said...

Fantastic! I'm glad you have those memories. Give yourself a hug!

Rudy Limas said...

Honestly, this article sucks. What are you talking about? I was born in 1988 I lived through the 90s and saw all of that. my brothers born 1994 7 8 all saw it too. I think you mean to say the 00s Milienium babies missed out.

Raine Lali Gabrielle said...

Thanks for reading! Hope you share it with your friends.



P. S. If you were born in 1988 that makes you an 80s baby (you were a baby in the 80s) and a 90s kid (you grew up in the 90s) so OF COURSE you would have experienced these things. 90s babies are millenium kids. I referenced 90s babies, NOT 90s kids. Keep it cute Rudy!

Anonymous said...

This list might apply to someone born in the late 90's, but not really before that. I was born in 1991 and my first cell phone looked a lot like the picture you posted. Lion King was released when I was 4 years old and it was my favourite movie growing up. I don't know a person my age who hasn't watched it. We played with Tamagotchis, Gameboys etc and we spent a lot of time outside playing red light, hide and seek and loads of other games. We also watched Hey Arnold etc early on Saturday mornings.

Anonymous said...

I'll give you guys some insight of someone who was born in the 70s. I was born 1977 to be exact. I'm 35, going on 36. From what I know about most of us born in the mid-late 70s, yeah there was a period there where we sorta despised people born in the mid-late 80s b/c you guys missed out on 80s TV shows and movies, as well as even a lot of early 90s pop culture. We probably hated that you missed out on the laughably low-grade tech that was still hanging around in the early 80s like rotary phones, dial knob black & white TVS, and VCRs with a useless remote that had a 3 inch cord. Heck I remember around 1984 when getting a VCR was still a big deal. Our family didn't get our own home computer till 1986, it sat right next to our freakin' typewriter. I remember Atari in the early 80s with it's silly graphics to the 8 bit Nintendo in the mid-late 80s with slightly improved graphics. In the 80s we were just so pumped up to be able to control the animated characters on the screen or shoot out the ducks in that Duck Hunt game. Yes it was weird to know that a lot of born in the 80s ppl didn't know about this stuff or only vaguely knew it. Sometimes we even looked down on people born in the early 80s, but not as much. Someone born around 1986 sometimes does make me feel older, but people born in the 90s force me to realize my "adultness" and that I could technically be their parent. I have a nephew born in 1998. Every generation does this, so it's NO SURPRISE that ppl born in the 80s are now doing it to 90s babies. We laugh at previous generations and then rag on younger ones. I was mortified by the 70s and even some of the early 80s growing up. I remember older folks calling people around my age a bunch of slacker kids too while telling us how they did their homework on the back of a shovel while walking to school 10 miles, uphill both ways. Then ppl around my age told 80s babies that we were the last ones to play outside, but ofcourse I remember as a kid people older told us we were wasting away with out Atari/Nintendo/Sega video games. Youth is so fleeting, you go from being a know it all punk kid that gets lectured for not being around for the 70s to an adult in your 30s in no time. But in the end, life is still good.

Hana Christiansen said...

ok, first of all, you're making a lot of stereotypes. You don't know for sure whether they've seen those things or not. I was born in '97 and my first phone was NOT an iphone but a sidekick when I was in 9th grade. I know what nokia phones are--plus we had a white CORD phone until 2003. technically, there are more gadgets these days in teenagers hands, however, I still have my sidekick and never owned an iphone :( second of all, me and a lot of other kids around my age played outside A LOT when we were younger (IMAGINE THAT). yep, had the internet, but iphones didn't get popular until I was in like 7th grade. we used VHS in the early 2000s at my house until around 2005 or so. anyways, just letting you know that you exaggerated a lot of things and I don't get why you're "blaming" us for being born in the 90s--you should be sorry for those born in 2000s and 2010s...they do and are going to have everything they want much more than us...just saying...

Anonymous said...

I agree with Hana. I was born in '95, and i did get to experience a lot of that. Yeah, I am a '90's baby, but we had VHS. We recorded shows onto them as well as bought them. We still have our old tapes and we have our VHS player and still use it. My first phone was a Razr. I have played the old Snake game.not the new versions of them. I know all about having to look in encyclopedias for knowledge and I know what a/s/l means in chat rooms. My mom didn't let me watch Hey Arnold, although I wanted to. Sure, i didn't watch Lion King and Toy Story when they FIRST came out, but i did watch them when they were still fairly new. When I was a kid. And we owned both on VHS. I played Hop Scotch, Red light, green light, Double Dutch, hide and seek and with Gameboys. I had a Tamagotchi and beanie babies. I still have them. I listened to N'Sync & Backstreet Boys, as well as The Spice Girls, and Will Smith. I don't even know who Chief Keef and Lil Mouse are. These posts are bashing '90's babies cuz they think we missed out on so much. But we didn't, because a lot of us have experienced great things.

Anonymous said...

The Dumbest article of all time..Born in 92'...I was both a 90's baby and kid..so you wasted your time. Those born (especially in the early 90's) saw all of this and were apart of all of the stuff you speak of.. Hey Arnold, Power Rangers...are you serious...P.S. I went to the movie theater the first night Soul Food came out w. my family ..#GetItTogether

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