WHICH IS BETTER…THE 80s & 90s, or 2020?
Ever wonder what life was like when your parents were teenagers? Most of you probably have parents that were teens in the 80s or 90s, and I bet they’re all too happy to tell you all about the glory days. A lot of them are quick to say how much better it was back then, but was it really?
Here’s a comparison of the 80s and 90s versus 2020.
Which time do you think is cooler?
COMMUNICATING IN CLASS: In the 80s and 90s, kids in school passed hand-written notes in class. It was easy for one of them to be intercepted by a teacher or classmate, meaning your message was at risk of ending up in the wrong hands, resulting in humiliation. 2020: Kids text in class and send pictures, which is way easier but when a text gets into the wrong hands it can spread to the whole school, or worse, end up going viral. Winner: 1980s! Because if your note got into the wrong hands, a much smaller group of people would read it than today.
TALKING ON THE PHONE: In the 80s, there were definitely no cell phones. Most families had one phone number, but several telephones in the house. That meant it was easy for an annoying brother or sister to listen to your private conversation in another room without you knowing. Also, the phone was connected to a cord on the wall, so you couldn’t go outside for privacy or talk from your car, at school, work, etc. By the 90s, cell phones started becoming an option, but they certainly didn’t have internet capability. By the time the 90s caught up to texting, it was done on a number pad and really sucked, bad. 2020: We can FaceTime, send pictures, use speakerphone, text, and look cool stuff up on the phone, even while carrying on a conversation with a friend. The only downside is that a lot of us feel like we have to be “on,” or “available” at all times, so it creates pressure (or sometimes addiction to our iPhones). Winner: 2020! For its convenience.
DATING: In the 80s and 90s, most teenagers were limited in who they could date based on who went to their school, or maybe a neighboring school. If you had a job, you might meet someone there, but for the most part, it was pretty limiting. Adults could use newspaper personal ads, but kids obviously didn’t do that. 2020: With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all of the other forms of social media, kids can meet people all over the world and strike up friendships or romances with an unlimited supply of prospects. Winner: 2020! Because who wants to be limited to dating someone who remembers that time you threw up in the cafeteria in third grade?
MUSIC & MOVIES: The 80s and 90s brought us films like, Back to the Future, Fargo, The Scream Trilogy, The Breakfast Club, & Full Metal Jacket. Music was epic, including chart-topping artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Guns n Roses, and Pearl Jam. Today, instead of movies, we’re seeing more streaming series on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. The only movies Hollywood seems to be making anymore are remakes or superhero films, which are great for some people but don’t appeal to a lot of us. As for music, who’s hot in 2020? Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Are the artists in 2020 going to be talked about forty or fifty years from now the way some of the greats in history still are? I mean, are Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Khalid going to be musical artists you’re dying to tell your grandchildren about? Winner: 80s & 90s! Because a time that brings us The Shawshank Redemption, Michael Jackson, and Nirvana, cannot be beaten.
FRIENDSHIPS: Back in the 80s and 90s, again, you were friends with the kids at your school, maybe your neighborhood or workplace, and that’s about it. Limiting. 2020: You can make friends on social media based on your interest, rather than simply who sits by you in class. It opens the possibilities to creating lifelong friendships with people across the country and all over the world. Winner: 2020! For just about every reason. Think of this: Back then, when your best friend moved even an hour away, that was pretty much it. You weren’t likely to ever talk to them again. Today, it doesn’t matter how long-distance friendship is with social media, email, texting, and FaceTime.
HOMEWORK: In the 80s and 90s, when kids had to do a book report, they were limited to their school or city library, or the dusty, outdated encyclopedias some of them had at home. P.S. A lot of the encyclopedias back then featured black and white pictures. I looked up Cliff’s Notes on Google and it looks like they were created in 1958, but none of the adults from the 80s I talked to had access to them, and only a few of the ones I spoke with from the 90s did. 2020: We have the internet, with it’s constantly up-to-date information, limitless pictures, and articles, and a wide array of resources, mostly free. There are sites like SparkNotes, that summarize most of the books you’d be assigned today. And of course (insert shameless plug here)…there are essay writing services like Killer Papers to help you out! Winner: 2020! If only for the ridiculously fantastic Killer Papers to swoop in and save the day!
The Clear Winner….2020!!!!!!!!!!!
Obviously, there are countless other things we could compare, but that was a good start. When people say a certain time from the past was better, they usually mean that their life was easier back then. The reality is, even though there are drawbacks to all of the technology we have today (Ex. Look how easy it is to misinterpret someone’s words in a text and get into a fight because you didn’t hear their voice or see their face when they said it), the world is a much better place in 2020 than it ever was before we had so much easily accessible information at our fingertips. And yes, I took into account the Coronavirus! 2020 is still a superior time to be alive! What about the great music and movies of the 80s and 90s, you say? Well in 2020, you can watch and listen to them as much as you want from the comfort of your own home (or car, or school, or work…)!