People Share Which Outdated Things From The 90s They Want To Make A Comeback
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Are you like me and the 1990s were only 10 years ago?

Yes, I can do the math, but 1990 being 32 years ago still seems unreal.

Why is that?

Maybe it's the fact it marked the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st.

Either way, it just doesn't seem that long ago and the nostalgia for the trappings of the 1990s is strong.


Redditor PrimaryYam9432 asked:

"What is something outdated from the 90s you want back?"

Affordable Housing

"I lived in a one bedroom apartment in San Diego in the nineties to the tune of $400 a month. I'd like that back, please."

"I looked up the specific place I lived. That one bedroom runs $1,650 now."

– stupidlyugly

Missed Opportunities

"the lighter side: malls, there was literally everything there. I lived at that place. Also, for some reason, floppy disks. IDK why, but I really miss them"

"the darker side: a sense of hope for my financial future. I was 15 in 1999, working my first job. Trying to leave a sh*tty situation, had plans to join the military after high school to pay for college.

"Had a grand mal seizure the summer after I graduated (got diagnosed with epilepsy) so that nixed that; and after multiple failed attempts at college, finally graduated when I was 32. I'm making 4x what I did in high school, but I've never left the midwest. never seen the ocean, or been on a plane."

"Had to file bankruptcy twice because of medical issues, and have always had clunker cars. Unfortunately I'm not the only one in this situation, but it still sucks"

- rabbid_panda

Cheesy Video Games

"Westwood Studio's real time strategy games featuring cheesy live action videos between the levels. I'm fine without the dial-up multiplayer though."

– 3Bonhomme7h

Subscribe, Subscribe, Subscribe

"Software that you buy one time and own. Looking at you Adobe."

– mtsai

"Being able to own things without having to take out a subscriptions."

– qzcl

"This is exactly what I was going to say. Being able to buy something and be done. Now everything has a subscription attached to it."

"Software is one of the worst examples but even the auto industry is trying to get in on the subscription money by requiring additional monthly plans to access features of your car that you already paid for."

"A local HVAC company is attaching a subscription to their work. So you pay them to install it all and then a monthly fee for them to be on-call in the event it needs maintenance."

"At work our IT support company stopped doing ad hoc service calls unless you subscribe to their monthly service plan. So the company is paying triple the price and getting basically the same thing except in theory the amount of service call they can request is 'unlimited'."

– sullivan80

Your Local Video Store

"I miss going to video stores and browsing."

– sonic_tower

"I do too. That was a fun Friday night as a kid. Going to Blockbuster to pick out a new movie to watch."

"It's not the same getting on Netflix and spending an hour looking for something to watch to only wind up watching something you've already seen."

– brokendowndryer

"Yep! As a kid my dad would come home from work on Friday evening and take us to Hollywood video."

"We’d pick out a movie and get a pizza on the way home. Good times."

– Its_Juice

Commercial Breaks

"Reasonable commercial lengths."

"Now ESPN has 5 minute commercial breaks..."

– coreynj2461

"My least favorite trend is a commercial break, then they come back for 1-2 minutes with some tiny snippet of 'coming up next!' then go to another commercial break."

– thishasntbeeneasy

"Or they smash the credits into a tiny window, while running ads on full screen. Can't even read the credits if you wanted to."

– reddit_bandito

Accountability

"Not having to make an account for EVERYF'KINGTHING!"

– Dapper-Discipline-54

"And lately every time I sign up for something, they send me texts now too in addition to emails that I don’t want. Leave me alone!!"

– Sefira23

"I'm so over this. Especially when you're supposed to make a different password for every account you have. My brain only has so much memory for passwords anymore."

– McUberForDays

Social Media

"This is probably more late 90s/early 00s than the 90s as a whole, but a social media-less internet."

"It felt like an escape from real life, as opposed to an extension of it."

– Spooginho

"Remember when they told us to never identify yourself on the internet? And now they put their whole life on it."

"I miss web 1.0 where anonymity was the point."

– duffman13jws

"Remember when our parents told us not to trust anyone on the internet, but now believe everything they see online and lecture us about it?"

– Harsimaja

"My mom when I was 16 and got my first PC: 'Don't put your pictures online!'"

"My mom now: 'Send me grandson pics nowww! Need new profile pic and header!!'"

– Myrmele

RIP Geocities

"Geocities web pages, made with heart, not for money."

– RaminGold

"I do miss Geocities. It was sh*t, but atleast anyone could have a web site for free hosted on a server that was relatively fast and reliable."

"Nowadays, good luck to find a good free web hosting..."

– thephantom1492

"Oh my god, my bff would purposely go to my crappy Geocities site and sign the guestbook as ridiculously over the top characters like 'Madame Consuela de Soliz-Camacho-Dubois St Bernard,' and she'd write their comments in Spanish, German, French, whatever she felt like that day."

"It was so stupid but for idiot teenagers back in the 90's, it was the height of hilarity that she could prank me without being in the same room. Good times."

– avoidance_behavior

Why Is This Phone Smart?

"Not being able to be reached 24/7."

"Remember when the only people who had cell phones or pagers were doctors and high end business professionals that NEEDED to be reached at a moments notice."

"Now, everyone is expected to be available at any time. And if you elect to stand your ground and establish a separation between work/personal life you're considered 'rude' or 'difficult to communicate with'."

– Luke5119

"Yeah, remember when you let the house phone ring during dinner?

"I remember my dad grumbling if the phone ever rang: 'It's dinner time, nobody should be calling now. Who calls during dinner?!'"

"You didn't call people's house after about 8pm either unless you knew it was okay. It was rude—that was private, home time."

– what_the_a

Buttons & Knobs & Dials

"Technology with buttons and knobs."

– Ashtar-the-Squid

"Agreed! Some things I just don’t want a touch screen for."

– Knightly-Bird

"I hate touchscreens in cars because 1) you just know they'll wear out and be expensive to replace and 2) I can't use it by feel and have to take my eyes off the road to adjust anything."

– Msktb

"Agreed! Why does my Microwave need to have touchscreen? I don't want to touch the panel with my fat butter and chips fingers. I want use the back of my hand."

– MedonSirius

"All my touchscreen appliances start to fizzle and fail pretty quickly. All the analog or mechanical ones still work from decades ago, or I can at least open them and clean some contacts."

– F*kM0reFromR

Pinball Wizard

"Arcades, I think going to arcades to play classic games or new games would be fun."

- T3Dofficial

"I miss arcades, they're still around but not as common as they once were. You could go to the mall and it had one, movie theaters would have a little arcades, there were cabinets all over.

"Now, if you find an 'arcade' it's usually prize games. Claw machines, those stacker games, etc..., you rarely find the actual video games."

- Crissxfire

Low Tech

"Appliances that didn’t have any smart features! I want a bloody fridge that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that can last 2 decades."

"I don’t want a smart fridge that dies in 5 years because a circuit board in it is destined to fail in that time frame."

- vp2008

One Stop Shopping

"Toy stores. Toys R Us died years ago, KB Toys way before that."

"We have toy sections at Walmart, Target, and others but it's not not same. Getting some birthday money and browsing an entire store with all these options."

"Way better than just looking at pictures on a site like Amazon. Shame we don't have any big chains like that anymore."

- Crissxfire

Top 10

"I miss the music charts (and if you are in the UK you will know, Top Of The Pops). They still exist, but aren’t the same now that streaming is included."

"Back then if you wanted to hear you favourite song you had to wait for it to come on the radio and record it on a tape, or find it on CD in a shop."

"Now you can listen to whatever you want whenever you want, and that’s really f'ked up the charts, and the association of particular sub cultural movements in music with a time, like grunge and Brit pop."

-

Look Forward To All Week

"Saturday morning cartoons. WB Kids, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Static Shock, Jackie Chan Adventures, you name it."

"Used to sleep over at my best friend's house on Friday nights and we'd wake up at 7 in the morning on Saturday to watch cartoons and eat pancakes. His mom would always make the pancakes small and we'd sit and brag about eating 14 pancakes."

"Brown sugar, maple syrup. By noon we were drunk on Dr. Pepper, by 2 in the afternoon we were destroying each other with Smash Bros.

"Wash, rinse, repeat. Every weekend."

- brashull

Exploration Over JFGI

"A feeling of the unexplored, of adventures."

"Is that BBQ place any good? Only way to know was to try it."

"What’s over in that neighborhood next to ours? Take a drive for yourself."

"Even wondering about facts, like when something originally happened or who did it, or the capital of Kazakhstan."

"The world felt bigger, full of unknown places, things and people."

‐ LoveSpiritual

Work/Life Separation

"The lack of expectation that your employer and coworkers are entitled to your entire life, including your web activities."

"I get labelled as 'weird' or 'secretive' because I refuse to give out any social media accounts to current co-workers. In fact, I preemptively block my coworkers' accounts if I can find them."

"You had work friends and they were just that: work friends. They knew you at work."

"If they were a truly great person you wanted in your non-work life, you invited them in."

"Now people feel entitled to your entire life just because they see you regularly."

"P.S. Make one easily found 'work' account under your legal name if you must, post nothing, say 'you have x account but you don't really use it much'."

"Set up a second account, be intentionally vague about identifiable info, NEVER mention your employer/school by name and DON'T SHARE THE ACCOUNT WITH ANYONE IN YOUR OFFLINE LIFE."

"Even if they won't intentionally give it out, the algorithms will."

- -ArtFox-

Offline Learning

"Decent offline encyclopedias and learning software."

"Encarta or another decent offline digital encyclopedia of some form would be ace even today. As soon as you've lost signal/WiFi, or out of data, your mobile phone or computer suddenly becomes a lot more useless than before."

"So if I could purchase a one time reputable program, then I could learn stuff free from the biases and distractions of the internet.

"Computers before the internet exploded, seemed to rely a hell of a lot on offline software for research purposes. So there were a lot of good ones."

"I remember there were decent bundles, so as well as Encarta 99, we also had this really cool Space educational disk."

"I suppose, technically Apps on phones could fulfill this to a degree these days. But all the ones I've used are online connected and ad-ridden."

- Quit_social_media

🎵 J - E - LL - O 🎶

"Jell-o Pudding Pops."

"They were the best thing ever!"

- hamiltd3

Nostalgia is a funny thing—we tend to romanticize our past.

If we truly went back, we'd probably discover all the things we'd miss from our future.

But we still miss a lot from the 1990s.

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