December 7, 2022
Nostalgia is a powerful thing, Pandas. It can remind us of the good old days and make us want to go back so badly that we (re)start working on our Time Machine. Take us back to the ‘90s! Please!
Depending on whom you ask, the ‘90s were a simpler time. A better time! It might be the rose-tinted glasses warping our view, but there’s a very deep longing for that sweet, sweet decade. The ‘Flashback 90s’ Facebook page is a celebration of all things related to the ‘90s, and we’re here to share the bittersweet pics with all of you Pandas.
Scroll down, upvote your fave pics, and tell us all about what you miss about the ‘90s the most. Do we have any Pandas in the crowd tonight who miss another decade entirely? Tell us all about why they were even better in the comments.
Bored Panda got in touch with Danny, the founder of the ‘Flashback 90s’ Facebook page, and they were kind enough to answer our questions about the inspiration behind the project and shared their thoughts on nostalgia. Read on for the full exclusive interview about “simpler but unforgettable” times when technology wasn’t as advanced, but we were all far more connected.
Danny told us that they founded ‘Flashback 90s’ all the way back in 2016. It was all done for the sake of entertainment. “I thought to myself, I would like to share memories from my childhood in the ’90s, I wonder if other people online can relate to the same things. And that’s how the page started and continued over the years,” they shared the inspiration behind the brilliant social media project.
The mastermind behind the Facebook page believes that the ’90s were the last memorable decade where technology was advancing rapidly, but we weren’t consumed by it yet. Unlike now. Tech used to have a very strong social aspect to it.
“People would tune in to watch the same shows at the same time every night because it was a topic to be discussed with classmates or coworkers the next day. Renting movies was not only about picking a film to watch, it was a way for friends and family to get together on a Friday night. Playing video games on the Nintendo was something new and fun, you could go over to your friends’ or family members’ homes and play the console for hours!” they shared.
“Waking up every Saturday morning to watch your favorite cartoons and eating a bowl of cereal is unforgettable…. Making a trip to Toys R Us for that new hot toy was always an adventure! Those times were much simpler but unforgettable. We might have camera phones today, and we could record anything we want, but I guarantee you that our nostalgic memories are much more precious. I think that’s why we like to think about the ’90s and all those fun moments in life,” they shared their honest feelings about their childhood.
Bored Panda was interested to get Danny’s opinion on how they’d compare the ’90s to 2022. “Let’s just say, if I could travel back in time, I would definitely go back to the ’90s. Yes, in 2022 we have advanced technologically and brought awareness to certain topics, but the ’90s will always be greater! When I think of the ’90s, I think about the Good Times!”
The ‘Flashback 90s’ social media project documents the coolest, most unique things about the decade. From tech and food to trends and toys, it all really is a major flashback to some of our childhoods and teenage years.
Over 279k people love the Facebook page, and it’s easy to see why. It’s comforting to take a peek into the lives we had, the stuff we used to enjoy. And it can be a great way to escape our current problems. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.
A while back, Bored Panda analyzed nostalgia and the role it plays in our lives during a couple of interviews with Kemi Omijeh, a child and adolescent therapist based in London and a member of the BACP.
She explained that our memories of the past can contribute to our sense of self and well-being. Though, not all the time.
“The period of time we tend to be nostalgic over are significant moments that stood out. Perhaps it was a time when we felt happiest or safest, or perhaps it’s a period where things changed for us,” she said.
The actual decade (or shorter time period) we’re nostalgic for doesn’t actually matter. What does, however, is what the era means to us. “Our memories of the past can change over time depending on how often we revisit and also depending on what is going on for us in the present,” the therapist said.
“Of course, the ’90s was better! But then again, I may be being very biased here,” Kemi told Bored Panda that who we were during a certain time period influences our perception of it later on in life.
“Generally speaking, the better decade is associated with youth and freedom. Nostalgia also often gives us rose-tinted glasses from which to reflect from. How we reflect on the past decades can play a part in how we engage with the current decade.”
The psychologist believes that our childhoods form the foundation of who we are as adults. We frequently revisit our childhoods, and they influence our present. However, we’re usually only nostalgic for the time when we were kids if we actually had good childhoods and felt loved, nurtured.
“If we’ve had a difficult childhood, it can be hard to feel nostalgic, instead it will feel like something we need to get over in order to move on,” the therapist explained to Bored Panda.
“Nostalgia can also be a good coping strategy for times of low mood and challenges,” the expert said. However, she warned that it might be worrisome if it becomes a hindrance in our day-to-day lives and prevents us from being present.
“If we end up comparing it to our experiences today and feeling like nothing is as good as it was, then this will inevitably affect our mood and our ability to do what we need to do,” she told Bored Panda earlier.
“We can become stuck in our nostalgia; in which case it might be best to seek help from a counseling professional to help you process your past in order to enjoy your present.”
Meanwhile, if you find yourself daydreaming too much, you should start off by trying to identify your patterns. “Think about the times you usually daydream, is there something about that situation or those times that mean you’re daydreaming? Do something about it if that is the case. Set a time limit, use a timer if it ensures you stop,” she said.
“Turn your daydream into a visualization or goal exercise. Your daydreams could be a communication about your innermost desires. Could you begin to plan how to achieve those desires?”
Pssst, Pandas, here’s a small public service announcement if any of you have ever had trouble writing out the nineties in number form: it’s written as either the 1990s or the ‘90s with the apostrophe in front. However, if you’re talking about a person who’s in their nineties, then you’d write it as someone being in their 90’s. So yeah, you’re nostalgic for the ‘90s, not the 90s or 90’s (or, God forbid, the 90s’).