Why growing up in Australia in the '90s was awesome

January 29, 2014
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It was pretty awesome growing up in the ’90s. I don’t exactly miss being a little tyke, but I do miss the era. Here’s why:

Having to actually talk

Social media took the world by storm in the mid ’00s. It helped lessen the stigma associated with online dating, it connected everyone in a way that wouldn’t have happened under any other circumstances and it made contacting family far away or overseas easier. However, due to the convenience of social media being available at your fingertips and not actually having to talk to people, basic social and interaction skills are declining. One of the best things about growing up in the ’90s was not having social media dictate lives. One of the best parts about going back to school after the summer holidays was catching up with my friends. It was always exciting finding out news first-hand rather than by a change in relationship status.

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Not being wrapped up in cotton wool

Over the last few years I’ve noticed that schools have banned certain activities such as handstands and cartwheels in attempts to avoid possible lawsuits. Apparently, it’s become common practice to dodge hurting childrens’ feelings by handing out participation certificates, chocolate bars and the like as acknowledgement of effort. The problem with this is that children don’t learn boundaries, how to win and lose graciously, how to deal with injuries and how to interact with other people. The need to wrap up children in cotton wool like this wasn’t as strong when I was in school –there were plenty of kids who hurt themselves on the playground and lost games. I know I did and I turned out just fine.

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No reality shows

Although reality shows were around in the ’90s, they weren’t as dominant on television as they are now. I use the term ‘reality’ loosely because, as most of us acknowledge, these programs actually don’t depict much of a reality at all. Growing up, we had cartoons, dramas and Australian shows to watch while reality shows were in the minority.

Snap, crackle and pop (music)

When I was growing up, B*Witched, Britney Spears, NSYNC and Backstreet Boys were my favourite bands. Pop and teen-pop genres topped my favourite music genres for two reasons: a) majority of the singers were total heartthrobs and b) most of their songs were about love, happiness and acceptance. I mean seriously – can anyone really go past Backstreet Boys’ ‘As Long As You Love Me’, Britney’s ‘Oops!... I Did It Again’, B*Witched’s ‘C’est La Vie’ and NSYNC’s ‘It’s Tearin’ Up My Heart’? Yeah, didn’t think so.

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Rachel Loveday

Rachel Loveday is a freelance writer. She established her own freelance writing business, Loveday Writing in May 2013.