No matter what we do or how we feel about it, time keeps marching forward. And while reminiscing about the past can be a double-edged sword, providing both melancholy and comfort, the Facebook group 'Grew Up In The 80's and The 90's' invites people to do just that.

Though this online community is quite young even by the internet's standards (it was created in January 2019), 1.6 million people have already joined it, sharing everything that they remember from the two decades.

So whether you want a strong dose of nostalgia or simply to learn what the good old days were all about, we invite you to check out these handpicked posts we gathered from the group.

More info: Facebook

#2

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer

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Nathaniel
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the BEST cartoon film Disney made. Yes, I will die on that hill.

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The word nostalgia was first coined in 1688 by Swiss physician Johannes Hofer, who defined it as a neurological illness of continually thinking about one's homeland and longing for return.

It wasn't until the 19th century that nostalgia began to be seen as a positive sentiment, rather than a pathological condition. The legendary Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, for example, viewed nostalgia as a way of reconnecting with our past in order to understand our present. For Jung, nostalgia was a way to access the "collective unconscious"—the shared history and experiences that we all have as human beings.

And looking at the content of this group, one can definitely see where he was coming from.

#3

If You Know, You Know

If You Know, You Know

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Paulo Freitas
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ahhhh, these actually had 2 uses in my country lol, 1st to keep the film, 2nd to keep my great grandmother's powder tobaco ( snuff, i think its how its called on English)

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My Aunt Was Getting Rid Of Some Things And Gave Me These Treasures From My Childhood. I Know They're Not Worth Much, But The Memories Are Priceless

My Aunt Was Getting Rid Of Some Things And Gave Me These Treasures From My Childhood. I Know They're Not Worth Much, But The Memories Are Priceless

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#5

My 1991 Cassette Mixtape. 🎧 Kids Today Couldn’t Imagine The Time And Effort To Make These! I Did Replicate This On My Current Streaming Services, So I’m Current With The Times

My 1991 Cassette Mixtape. 🎧 Kids Today Couldn’t Imagine The Time And Effort To Make These! I Did Replicate This On My Current Streaming Services, So I’m Current With The Times

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Debi Blackshaw
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was never enough room to write most of the titles on one line, mine always ended up with tiny text I could barely read 😁

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Over the past decade or so, some comprehensible literature on the psychology of nostalgia has developed. Research shows that people engage in nostalgic reverie mostly when they're feeling low in an attempt to boost their mood and self-confidence.

Experimental evidence indicates that nostalgia is experienced as an overwhelmingly positive emotion. It not only has the power to boost one's mood but can increase a sense of meaning in life as well. Furthermore, it also raises self-esteem and optimism for the future.

However, some, like University of Southern California psychologist David Newman, argue that these effects may be due more to the experimental setup than to the true nature of nostalgia.

#6

No More Snow Days For Kids In School Now. They Still Have To Go To Virtual School Instead Of A Day Off. Covid Ruined Everything

No More Snow Days For Kids In School Now. They Still Have To Go To Virtual School Instead Of A Day Off. Covid Ruined Everything

Allison Maloney Report

#7

I Laughed Way Harder Than I Should’ve At This

I Laughed Way Harder Than I Should’ve At This

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#8

And They Never Actually Knew Where We Were Which Is Kinda Terrifying And Wouldn't Fly Today

And They Never Actually Knew Where We Were Which Is Kinda Terrifying And Wouldn't Fly Today

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Tony Pott
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd expect that was about as far as we rode in the 60's and 70's. We were glad to have you out of our hair while we still had some.

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#9

That Class Has Probably Served Me More Than Any Other Class I Took In High School

That Class Has Probably Served Me More Than Any Other Class I Took In High School

Amy L Kelley Report

JoNo
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Typing should be taught in schools now because everyone types, but most not very well.

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Exploring the relationship between nostalgia and mood, Newman and colleagues performed a time-lag analysis, meaning they correlated people's feelings of nostalgia with mood later that day and the next day.

The results showed that mood tended to remain low throughout that time period. This suggests that nostalgia is either ineffective at boosting mood or that it even causes feelings of depression. Other possible negative effects of nostalgia include:

  • A sense of loneliness and isolation;
  • Dwelling on the past and becoming unhappy with the present;
  • Becoming less likely to take action in the present.
#10

I Used To Wonder What Kevin's Parents Were Doing For A Living But Now I Realize They Were Both Actors

I Used To Wonder What Kevin's Parents Were Doing For A Living But Now I Realize They Were Both Actors

Christmas Report

Nathaniel
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to think houses like this was the norm for USAvian families. Ha ha, we used to be jealous of people living in the USA!

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#12

Total Realtor Glamour Shot Style Picture

Total Realtor Glamour Shot Style Picture

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Zara the squid! 🦑
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nooo I have a toddler pic like this too, complete with pearls and pearl earrings 😭😭On top of the fireplace for everyone to marvel at

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#13

My Sister Always Looked For Hayley In The 70s. There Were Never Any Hayley’s. Now It’s Such A Common Name

My Sister Always Looked For Hayley In The 70s. There Were Never Any Hayley’s. Now It’s Such A Common Name

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But what is it about these two decades that people remember? Well, in the 1980s, many embraced a new conservatism in social, economic, and political life, characterized by the policies of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and, in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

For some, the 1960s and 1970s had been a troubling time: the countercultural movements of the era, the Watergate scandal, the Vietnam War, the energy crisis, rising crime, and inflation had undermined Americans' confidence in their fellow citizens and in their government. But the 1980s are often regarded for the opposite, namely its materialism and consumerism.

This period also saw the rise of the "yuppie," an explosion of blockbuster movies and the emergence of cable networks like MTV, which introduced the music video and launched the careers of many iconic artists, and the emergence of the AIDS crisis, which would go on to kill more than 700,000 people in the U.S. alone. 

#14

This Is Why We Typed “You” As “U” “Are” As “R” Ect

This Is Why We Typed “You” As “U” “Are” As “R” Ect

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KJ
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How did this slip through BP censorship lol!

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#16

As A Kid: "Look At That Jet Ski!" Adult: "A New Kitchen!"

As A Kid: "Look At That Jet Ski!" Adult: "A New Kitchen!"

Tom Worthington-Morales Report

#17

One Of The Best Cinderella Movies Ever Made

One Of The Best Cinderella Movies Ever Made

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Helena
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The movie that turned cinderella from victim to hero, with a side of delicious petty.

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Similarly, the 1990s is also often remembered as a decade of relative peace and prosperity. The Soviet Union fell, ending the decades-long Cold War, and the rise of the Internet ushered in a radical new era of communication, business, and entertainment.

Canadian novelist, designer, and visual artist Douglas Coupland thinks that for North Americans and Europeans, the 1990s possessed a sense of happiness that seems long vanished.

"Money still generated money. Computers were becoming fast easy and cheap, and with them came a sense of equality for everyone," he wrote. "Things were palpably getting better everywhere. History was over and it felt great. I also remember working at Wired magazine, though, in 1993, and having a discussion about the internet with one of the editors, Kevin Kelly. The thrust was that there was an internet, sure, but there was nowhere to go. Kevin said, 'Nonsense,' and took me to a website showing a slowly downloading weather map of Northern California and southern Oregon."

#18

But It Feels So Right

But It Feels So Right

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Roborowski
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1 week ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the 90s, you used a AOL CD that happened to be lying around 💿💿💿💿💿💿💿💿💿

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#19

Thats Problem Solving Skills Right There! Kids Don't Know What It's Like To Have To Start All The Way Over When You Run Out Of Lives!

Thats Problem Solving Skills Right There! Kids Don't Know What It's Like To Have To Start All The Way Over When You Run Out Of Lives!

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Cal🤘 (she/her)
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I play too many games on cool math games. So I know what it's like lol

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#21

Between Our Windbreakers And Hairspray, Wind Never Stood A Chance

Between Our Windbreakers And Hairspray, Wind Never Stood A Chance

Lizzy Deutscher Report

So what can we do if we think about those times and find ourselves in a bad place instead of a good one? Experts suggest to:

  • Think about the present moment. What are you doing right now that you enjoy?
  • Make an effort to connect with others in the present. Spend time with people you care about. Talk to them about your positive memories.
  • Do things that make you happy. Listen to music, go for walks, and watch your favorite movie.
  • Talk to a therapist. If you're feeling particularly down, talking to a therapist can help.
  • Be mindful. Be aware of how much time you spend dwelling on the past.
#22

It Was True. They Just Forgot To Mention That Removing The Ink Would Also Obliterate The Paper

It Was True. They Just Forgot To Mention That Removing The Ink Would Also Obliterate The Paper

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Nathaniel
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The blue part just tore the paper, and took off the varnish on the desk underneath.

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#23

I Loved Them When I Was Little. My Parents Had To Hide Them From Me So I Wouldn't Eat Them All

I Loved Them When I Was Little. My Parents Had To Hide Them From Me So I Wouldn't Eat Them All

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#24

Isn’t It Amazing How Many Of Us ‘Smoked’ Candy And Grew Up To Not Be Smokers. Weird How That Happens

Isn’t It Amazing How Many Of Us ‘Smoked’ Candy And Grew Up To Not Be Smokers. Weird How That Happens

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#25

Terrible When The Teacher Caught The Notes. My Hs History Would Read The Notes To The Class

Terrible When The Teacher Caught The Notes. My Hs History Would Read The Notes To The Class

Roos Dax Report

#26

I Think It Was The Fancy Dinner Party In The Ad. I Always Begged Mum To Buy It But She Never Did. I Had Some Recently And Was A Touch Disappointed. The Chocolate Isn't The Nicest

I Think It Was The Fancy Dinner Party In The Ad. I Always Begged Mum To Buy It But She Never Did. I Had Some Recently And Was A Touch Disappointed. The Chocolate Isn't The Nicest

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KJ
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My Christmas pudding for years as I hated all the traditional options, mint flavoured naturally.

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#27

You Could Fry An Egg On These Things

You Could Fry An Egg On These Things

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Aileen Grist
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

riding down on greaseproof bread wrappers to make them go faster (50s/60s)

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#28

Chacha And Kinicki Straight Up Looking Like Somebody's Parents Embarrassing The Hell Out Of Their Kids At The High School Dance

Chacha And Kinicki Straight Up Looking Like Somebody's Parents Embarrassing The Hell Out Of Their Kids At The High School Dance

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Marleinah Smith
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

John Travolta was 23 at the time that he played 18-year-old Danny Zuko, while Newton-John was 29 – more than 10 years older than Sandy, who was written to be 17 or 18 years old. Stockard Channing, who played Rizzo, the leader of the Pink Ladies, was 33 at the time of filming, making her the oldest of the main cast.

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#29

If I Could Only Keep 1 Show From My Childhood, This Is It. And It's Not Even Close

If I Could Only Keep 1 Show From My Childhood, This Is It. And It's Not Even Close

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Debi Blackshaw
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I loved this show sooooo much, I still get upset when I think about all the little builders they ate.

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#31

What A Treasure

What A Treasure

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Nathaniel
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder what happened to Alf? I heard he retired from the business as he was afraid of being typecast.

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The Pinnacle Of My Childhood Artistic Career

The Pinnacle Of My Childhood Artistic Career

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Peppy
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s some real etch a sketch skills right there

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#33

I Miss These Kind Of Commercials

I Miss These Kind Of Commercials

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Paulo Freitas
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1 week ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You definitly need to watch European comercials from that era lmao, some of them are frikking amazing, today they would have a rated R classification. Saw One a few days a go for a famous brand of ketshup, and i never laughed só hard in my life.

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"Ernest -- My A*s. I Can See -- My A*s." "And There's Something Really Wrong With Your Neck Too."

"Ernest -- My A*s. I Can See -- My A*s." "And There's Something Really Wrong With Your Neck Too."

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Clark Tyler DS
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I saw a rumor that they're going to remake this with Kate Hudson in Goldie's role

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#35

My Dad's Text Tone Was "Not The Momma". Miss Hearing That

My Dad's Text Tone Was "Not The Momma". Miss Hearing That

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#36

In Honor Of The Death Of Angela Lansbury, This Was One Of My Favorite Childhood Movies

In Honor Of The Death Of Angela Lansbury, This Was One Of My Favorite Childhood Movies

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KJ
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is a proper flashback movie.

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#37

My 8yo Self Used To Really Watch This

My 8yo Self Used To Really Watch This

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clbruss
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Loved this show and cannot get it streamed anywhere now.

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#38

So When I Was 8 Years Old I Would Have Given My Right Arm For One These Classics 😂 It’s Only Taken 35 Years But I Can Honestly Say My 8 Year Old Self Is A Very Happy Little Girl

So When I Was 8 Years Old I Would Have Given My Right Arm For One These Classics 😂 It’s Only Taken 35 Years But I Can Honestly Say My 8 Year Old Self Is A Very Happy Little Girl

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Marleinah Smith
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually got one from someone for MY daughter a few years ago.

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#39

This Hit The Feels

This Hit The Feels

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Corvus
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In my case, it would look like an old DOS computer with an Adlib sound card.

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#40

Found This Gem At My Parents House Today

Found This Gem At My Parents House Today

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mulk
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1 week ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"step by step, ooooooh baby... step 1... na na na na"

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#43

In The 80s It Was A Hockey Card And A Cloth Pin

In The 80s It Was A Hockey Card And A Cloth Pin

Jami Smith Report

#46

Look What I Found At Costco For My Granddaughters Christmas Gift. I Was So Excited I Actually Squealed

Look What I Found At Costco For My Granddaughters Christmas Gift. I Was So Excited I Actually Squealed

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#47

Very True

Very True

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Helena
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beavis and Butthead. Married with Children. Roseanne. The simpsons. Full House. Fresh prince of bel air

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#48

Your Face Would Get Very Hot And You'd Really Have To Watch Your Hair. Dangerous Maneuver!

Your Face Would Get Very Hot And You'd Really Have To Watch Your Hair. Dangerous Maneuver!

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#50

It Was Great. You Could Skip The First Tape With The Mushy Love Story And Jump To The Second Tape With All The Action

It Was Great. You Could Skip The First Tape With The Mushy Love Story And Jump To The Second Tape With All The Action

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a special edition of Usual Suspects. With the Directors Commentary on a separate VHS.

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