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The ‘Distract A ’90s Kid’ Hashtag Is The Best Boredom Cure On The Internet

by Sarah Bregel
Sarah Bregel is an editor at LittleThings.com covering entertainment, trending stories, adorable stuff, parenting, and more. She is also a freelance writer, mom of two, dog mom, feminist, and deep-breather.

The 1990s were really the good old days for many reasons. For one, ’90s kids were sort of the last generation of children who didn’t grow up totally dependent on the internet.

Yes, chances are when we were teens we had boxy computers that everyone in the house shared. But there weren’t smartphones, tablets, and three laptops for one home. We did have a lot of other great things, though, like MTV, Pogs, Blockbuster Video, and hacky sacks.

Because a lot of what we grew up on is pretty much gone from our modern techie culture, when we come into contact with anything that just screams “’90s kid” it feels like a blast from the past.

And it’s so fun to reminisce! That’s why one hashtag on Twitter — #DistractA90sKid — has the internet chatting it up about all the great (and not so great) things we remember.

If you grew up in the ’90s, check out the hashtag and take a stroll down memory lane. Unless, ya know, you have anything you need to get done.

Pretty much everything about entertainment was different in the ’90s. We didn’t have cellphones to sit and stare at or a million different TV channels to choose from. We couldn’t stream or record our favorite shows, either! We basically had a few shows we loved, and we knew exactly when they came on. So when Friday night TV was on, like the SNICK lineup, you better believe we were there for it.

We also had a network called MTV. While MTV is still around in some form, it’s definitely not what it used to be. We loved MTV for The Real World and a variety of other shows that were so teen-friendly. But you could also flip it on and hear the songs you loved and watch music videos anytime. That was good stuff.

While now we can just flip on the TV and pretty much watch anything we want, back in the ’90s picking out something to watch used to be an entire event. You could drive or walk to your local Blockbuster Video Store, spend some quality time with friends picking out your movies (and snacks, of course), then head home and watch them. Now it’s much simpler, but to be honest, we kind of miss making the trek to the store.

Kids of every generation have crafts they love, but the ’90s were a particularly crafty time — likely because we didn’t all have our own devices. We spent tons of time making beaded bracelets, or string bracelets, or, ya know, just playing with strings!

Don’t say you can’t be productive without the internet. We definitely made a ton of cute jewelry.

’90s bands were so great we still listen to so many of them today. TLC was everything. We’ll never stop singing “No Scrubs,” and many of our kids know the iconic band’s songs, too.

It was really a great time for boy bands like Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, as well. But we can’t forget about the grunge bands like Nirvana that will simply never go out of style.

Food was really interesting in the ’90s, too. Nowadays there is a lot of focus on “whole” foods, but in the ’90s, pretty much everything came in a package and had tons and tons of ingredients we couldn’t sound out, and it was totally normal to us. At least it was delicious, though. I mean, Dunkaroos? We’re salivating just thinking about them.

We had to come up with inventive ways to entertain ourselves when we were out playing in our alleys after school rather than sitting at the computer. That’s why there were weird things like Skip-Its that you strapped around your ankle, swung around in a circle, and tried to see how many times you could jump over it.

We also loved to hacky-sack, and we definitely played a lot of Twister.

It’s not like we didn’t have any technology at all. I mean, we did, but we had to take good care of it. Like our Nintendos and our Sega Game Gears. When the device got too hot and stopped working, what did we do? We took out the games and blew into them. It wasn’t all that scientific, but somehow, it usually did the trick.

Like every generation, ’90s kids can remember the biggest trials of the time. Most of us probably remember exactly where we were when the OJ Simpson verdict was read. It was a terribly tragic case, and it’s likely that our parents were following it closely. Even if we were very young, that was hard to forget.

Having a phone in our room was a huge deal. If you were lucky enough to have one, you probably had a phone that looked something like this. Hey, color was in! The only annoying thing was that you had to share the line with your entire house, so if someone wanted to get on AOL, you’d get kicked off. Or you’d get in trouble for holding up the line when your parents were waiting for a call.

Aah. How times have changed!