If you were lucky enough to be a teen in the '90s, well, you were lucky enough. You feel me? Being a teen during that golden decade couldn't have been more fun if it tried. Admittedly, we didn't have all of the modern luxuries teens today have — let's face it, what Netflix and chill in the '90s would have been like is a far cry from the reality of technology-enabled teen hook-ups today. Still, that isn't to say we didn't do a darn good job working with what we had.
The etymology of Netflix and chill itself is an interesting exploration of how time and culture cause semantic evolution. When the phrase first began showing up on social media a few years following the 2007 start of Netflix's instant streaming service, it was pretty cut and dry. People were quite literally using it to relay their intentions to go home, curl up on the couch, and marathon something... typically by themselves. It wasn't until 2014 that any sort of innuendo attached itself to the now-common phrase (remember the ol' Netflix and chill "starter pack"?).
So really, if you think about it, we may not have been saying "Netflix" and chill in the '90s, but we definitely had our own versions that are basically the predecessor of this hookup hashtag. Here's what Netflix and chill would have been like in the '90s.