25 Reasons You Know You Grew Up In The 90’s

Posted by , Updated on March 21, 2024

It happens to everybody. We all grow up and although we thought we would never be anything like the generations that came before us we end up copying them more than we know. How about those classic grandpa stories that kick off with the ubiquitous “back in my day”? You probably never thought that would be you (and you may still be in denial about it) but guess what? You’re getting old (sorry, you’re “maturing”). Kids these days live in a different world. They don’t fight over Pogs or wake up on Saturday morning to watch Thundercats. Nevertheless, there was a time…in the 90’s when maybe you did. Check out these 25 reasons you know you grew up in the 90s for some nostalgic fun.

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You thought dial up was super fast

You Still Remember About the Dial-Up Internet

Remember when it took 2 days to download 1 movie and then it turned out to be in Cantonese with no subtitles? If you do, guess what, you’re 90′s kid.


You know what these are

Saved Softcopy Files with 3.5-inch Floppy Disks

For those of you who never understood what the save icon in every software program ever is referring to…you definitely didn’t grow up in the 90′s


You spent hours rewinding one of these

Listening to Music Over and Over with a Cassette Tape

Remember trying to find that one part of that one song using a #2 pencil to rewind the tape? If you do, you’re a 90′s kid.


You understand the Dewey Decimal System

You Understand the Library's Dewey Decimal System

Forget the decimal system…if you don’t know the difference between a library and a computer lab, well, you definitely aren’t a 90′s kid.


You watched movies on one of these

You Watched Movies on VHS Tapes

With sub-par image quality, no menu options and no cool extra features, the VHS was simple…and from the 90′s.


You had a pager

You Had a Pager or a Beeper

Yea, we know, some people still use these. Some people still use dial up and go to the post office too. Extinction just takes time.


You know how to place a collect call

You Know How to Place a Collect Call

Believe it or not there was a time that phones were attached to wires that were attached to the wall in large boxes that required coins to operate. You may still find some of these artifacts randomly strewn about the streets of large cities. And when you didn’t have a quarter to place a call, you could always make the person your calling pay for it. If this still doesn’t make sense to you, breathe easy, you’re not a 90′s kid.


You’ve seen a standalone fax machine

You Know How to Send Fax

Although these days only paper pushing corporate and third world bureaucracies actually use these relics, there was a time it was the norm.


You can sing and/or dance to “Ice, Ice, Baby” and “Macarena”

You Know How to Sing and Dance "Ice, Ice, Baby" and "Macarena"

Or Fresh Prince. If you don’t know any of those, we’re sorry, you missed out on a great decade.


You forgot to feed your Tamagotchi

You Own a Furby or Tamagotchi

you’ve ever known the emotional pain of losing a fake pet after forgetting to feed it fake food, then you surely grew up in the 90s.


You fought people for Pogs and Beanie Babies

You Have Your Own Collection of Beanie Babies and Pogs

While the girls were busy collecting overpriced stuffed animals, the boys were busy hoarding thousands of cardboard disks that did little more than sit on their shelves. Don’t remember? Good…you’re a better person for it.


You basically learned to read because of Goosebumps

You Have a Collection of “Goosebumps” and “Animorphs”

Believe it or not kids read books before Harry Potter.


You wonder what happened to all the good cartoons

It Was Fun to Wake Up On Saturdays to Watch Cartoons

Looney Tunes, Thundercats, Speedy Gonzales…those were the glory days.


You know what it means to get slimed

Everyone Wants To Get Slimed

Although Nickelodeon has always somehow been connected to green slime, the 90′s made the two nearly synonymous.



You Know the Meaning of “TGIF”

Remember ABC’s TGIF lineup of “Tool Time,” “Full House,” and “Boy Meets World”? Straight up 90′s.


You had to have a Trapper Keeper

You Own a “Trapper Keeper” Or Lisa Frank School Supplies

Huge unnecessary pockets, obnoxious colors, weird cartoons…definitely the 90s.


You spent a significant amount of time locating Carmen Sandiego

You Know “Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego”

you know what it’s like to have a globe trotting red coated villain haunt your dreams at night then yeah, you’re a 90s kid.


You owned scrunchies

You Own Scrunchies

Well, at least the girls did…and not just one, but dozens.


You’ve got the 90s look

You Got the 90s Look

you still actually dress like this, well, you’re awesome.


You wore slap bracelets

slap bracelet

Every 90′s kid knows the true meaning of impossible – not constantly smacking your bracelet onto your wrist.


You wanted a Chia Pet or a Smart Clapper

Remember Asking Your Parents for Chia Pet and Smart Clapper

While the Smart Clapper was understandable, who the heck would want an animal mold covered in fake moldy fur? Answer: a 90′s kid. (Editor Comment: We still do.)


You were the king of the Slip ‘N Slide

You Were Bruised On the Slip N Slide

You know the joy of having the wind in your face as you go speeding across the backyard on your stomach on a soaped trail of plastic…and you know that pain of hitting a dry spot…yeah, 90′s kid.


You remember when MTV actually played music

Remember When MTV Mostly Played Music Videos

Progress isn’t always a good thing – case in point, MTV of course.


You had a Geocities website

If You Know That Geocities Is Not a Map

There is no way you could have made it 10 years without setting up at least one free website. Man you were so cool.


You don’t make sense when you talk

90s lingo

Since when has being “sick” been a good thing, yo?