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I love the ’90s

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Brittany Mcclintock

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Being a ‘90s baby, I’ve always been a little biased of my decade. I believe the 1990s was the greatest decade to live in and most of my friends agree. Why? Because they’re also ‘90s babies.

But it’s not just my circle of friends that agree with me that the ‘90s were the greatest years to grow up in. Social media is also very vocal with its approval of the ‘90s.

Twitter and Instagram accounts started popping up left and right reminiscing about what it was like to grow up as a ‘90s kid. The fashion, the toys, the TV shows, oh how perfect the ‘90s and early 2000s were.

These accounts would post things like: “I miss the old Disney” or “kids these days will never know…” and say something special about our era.

Now, this is all true, especially coming from a ‘90s baby herself, but why is the entire internet also agreeing with me? That is where I started to wonder why social media is so fixated on the 1990s.

According to Sprout Social, sitting at 37 percent, the largest age demographic on Twitter is 18-29 year olds. ‘90s babies. For Instagram, scoring in a whopping 53 percent the ‘90s babies again dominate. So it’s not just the fact that the 1990s are so amazing, but the kids who lived through it are online telling everyone how great it was.

We had body healthy idols like Raven Symone; every kid wanted to get slimed (I didn’t have this dream but I did make green slime at a science fair when I was six); and we might just be the last generation to spend their childhood outside.

Tamagotchi taught us about responsibility and Lisa Frank helped us get ready for school.

Cartoon Network used to actually televise cartoons. Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. will go down as the greatest rappers ever. And the ’90s gave them to us.

There was no Facebook pokes, we played tag. Instead of texting on our smart phones, we had to pass notes. And mash was our tinder.

So everyone who is Netflix and chilling right now, you’re welcome, we started that but with Blockbuster.

The ‘90s babies aren’t babies anymore. The youngest of us will be turning 17 this year, and the rest are grown adults. We are the ones changing the world and taking over, because that’s how the ‘90s raised us.

The 1990s was the decade of new technology starting to develop and imagination being at an all time high.

The internet never lies, right? Well even if it does, Twitter and Instagram are still right. And since we are in the era of instant sharing, we are all over it to let everyone know that the 1990s will always be the best.

Brittany McClintock can be reached at orion[email protected] or @B_McClintock17 on Twitter.

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