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 Frank! They'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?