90’s Kids’ Obsession With Nostalgia Is Actually Pretty Weird

By Kelsey D’Auben

Later this month Netflix will be premiering it’s newest series Fuller House, a spin-off series of one of the 90’s most popular sitcoms Full House, which will star the complete original cast (minus the Olsen twins.)

This is only the latest in the trend of rebooting old movies and television series from the 1990’s.

Sci-fi shows like The X-Files and Twin Peaks have reboots out this year, it was announced that Friends would have a reunion show, and this week Tyra Banks confirmed via Twitter than a Lifesize 2, a sequel to the famous Disney Channel original movie, is happening.

And all these announcements have every true 90’s kid very excited to see these classics back on screen.

Television and movies aren’t the only pieces of the past that 90’s kids cling on to. Over the past few years trends that should have died with a change in the millennium are making their comeback.

Grown adults are now playing Pokémon video games, wearing denim overalls and plastic choker necklaces, while listening to Backstreet Boys on repeat. And this doesn’t seem to just be an instance of popular fashion trends cycling back.

The way today’s young adults are not seeming to just take this as a fun way to honor their pasts, but we seem to have an obsession with going back to it.

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The height of cool. Not. Photo Credit: lix -/Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Millennials are a generation who seem to be in denial about moving forward and clinging onto the nostalgia of the past.

Sure, once a generation reaches adulthood they all seem to enjoy reminiscing on aspects of their youth, like the Baby Boomers and their Classic Rock.

So what is it that fuels this need for today’s generation to relive the past? Well, Millennials experienced their childhoods much differently than any generation before us.

Along with stretching over two different decades, centuries, and millenniums we grew up in what felt like two different worlds.

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Photo Credit: Jörg Schubert/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

We are the generation that lived half of our childhood without the digital revolution, and the other half of our youth in a world completely run by it.

We became the generation that bridged the technological gap. Because of this, we long for the simplicity that we were able to experience early in our lives.

And we achieve this through re-living the aspects of 90’s culture, such as television, movies, games, and fashion.

But it is all a little bit strange, isn’t it? And perhaps a bit lazy on our part as well.

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