Nostalgia can be a funny thing. It's easy to get enthusiastic talking about the '90s all the time, singing that catchy Full House theme song, and carrying on about Tamagotchis all over the Internet. But, whether or not you're ready to admit it to yourself, there were certain things all '90s kids hated. Yes, this decade was great, but there was also a definite dark side. I mean, we were forced to grow up with beepers. And furry, freaky Furbys. Enough said.
Of course, we millennials did grow up to be a super resourceful generation. For one thing, we're great at troubleshooting our own technology — because lord knows that stuff never worked the first time when we were kids. Just whack it! Blow into it! Give me a pen, I think I can fix it. MacGyver was so '80s, with his rubber bands and tube socks. I bet MacGyver brings his iPhone to his 20-something niece when it gets stuck in airplane mode, now doesn't he? Technology in the '90s wasn't exactly bulletproof, and don't even get me started on the toys. The very products that were actually marketed to kids all had a hint of danger to them (ahem... moon shoes). Needless to say, the '90s weren't as cracked up as we like to think. Here are 10 things that made '90s kids' lives infinitely harder.
1. Dial-up Internet
2. Having to deal with huge messes like this
3. Trying to listen to music on the go
Portable CD players weren't so bad if you didn't mind your favorite song skipping eight million times before it was over. Life before the mp3 player was a tough time indeed.
4. Backyard games that were more dangerous than fun
5. Being forced to watch this terrifying disembodied face on television
6. Having to come up with your own high-tech solutions, like this one
7. Getting stabbed in the head with these
8. When your Stretch Armstrong wasn't as stretchy as promised
9. When Kimberly bailed on the Power Rangers
10. When your mom taped over your VHS with the TGIF lineup from last week with Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman