In the 90s, mobile phones are only for business people, not for us kids. Every meeting requires to be arranged over the phone, or in person. And the details must be extremely clear. If 5pm is misunderstood as 9pm, someone is going to be in trouble. And if someone is late, there’s no way of knowing what is going on, on the other side. Maybe that’s why people are more punctual in the 90s.
When we play computer games or video consoles, our multi-player mode requires us to be physically beside one another. We don’t have online multi-player gaming technology back then. Sega racing games, Street Fighter games, FIFA, etc. It was great fun, especially seeing one another’s physical laughter, not ‘lol’.
Back then, we have to greet people when we see people, especially the elderly. Basic respect is something that’s emphasized heavily on.
When we do catch-ups, we talk to one another. Just talk. No Facebook. No Instagram. No Whatsapp texting with someone else. Meeting an old friend is something we look forward to as it could mean that we have not met for a long time. And we don’t know how one another is doing since there’s no Facebook.
$30 meals and ice cream treats are mostly for special occasions. Like birthdays. $8 coffee is unheard of in my time.
Our music actually has melodies and tunes that we can sing to. Try searching Boyzone and Oasis.
Talking about music, when we go to concert, we sit or stand and enjoy the show. We don’t hold up our phones, stare in the screen to watch the performance.
And photographs and videos are really precious. We don’t have digital camera then. And every vacation, the number of photos we can take is limited.
When we drive, we need to refer to maps and plan our journey ahead. There’s no GPS and google map.
I feel that life is slowler, simpler, and happier back in the 90s.
What do you think?
How’s the 90s to you?