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I Grew Up In The 90s, and it was 100% Different Than Today

Written by Emily Rokke

Today’s kids don’t have the same lives as the kids from the 90s did. Screens rule everyone’s world, and kids especially. When I grew up in the 90s, it was totally different, and here are all the reasons why.

Street Lights

When the street lights came on, it was time to go home. During the summer in Wisconsin, it would stay dark out until 9PM, and we were gone all day.


No one ever knew where we were. I told the truth most of the time, I’m serious, Mom! I would say which friend or friends I was with. But really, our parents never knew where we were.


Two words, dial up. Internet in the 90s was brand new. It was awesome, err, it was a super pain. It took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Plus, it shared the phone line. So you had to share the internet with the phone and with your family, and with your family wanting to use the phone. We had way more patience back in those days.


Kids, like actual kids, have their own phones now. Some even, with internet. Ugh. We had maybe two house phones, that were shared when I was a kid. And we even got a cordless phone there at the end! That was such a treat, to not have to sit next to the phone, to talk on the phone!

Online School

Even in small communities in rural areas, internet schooling is becoming a huge thing. Back in the 90s? Nope. You went to the traditional schools with all the traditional programs. Which brings me to my next point.

Art and Music

We absolutely had art and music in school, especially in the younger years. These days? It depends on what programs they’ve cut.


When I was growing up, schools had swings. All the schools had swings, it was a school.. And what happened? If we walked in front of a swing and got hit, we learned, and we didn’t do it anymore. (Well, most of us anyhow.) But these days? Nope. Swings are “unsafe.” Ugh. Poor kids.

There are so many more reasons why us 90s kids are so different from the kids of today. But the cool thing for them is, all the cool toys of the 90s, most of the brands from the 90s, and even all the great 90s music, can still be enjoyed, whether you were a kid of the 90s or now.

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Emily Rokke