One of the most significant differences between coming of age in the '90s versus the new millennium is the role that technology played in our everyday lives. Without a complete dependence on technology, every day tasks required a little bit more time and elbow grease. Without a wireless all-purpose connective device in the palm of our hands, we were just a little but more present. Because we couldn't hide behind our technological devices, we had to rely on our own devices; the capacity to be social and the patience to be understanding.
In the '90s technology was a growing concept. We weren't sure how much we'd come to rely on it, and for the most part, the newer technological advances felt like recreational devices more than necessities. In the '90s, devices served much fewer needs. Computers were for word processing, they were for doing homework. Towards the mid to late '90s, computers became a little bit more exciting, coming in different colors and with games and AOL, but they were not the same "fun machines" we have come to know now. Cell phones were for calls that had to be made when you were away from a landline, they weren't for gabbing or texting or stalking your exes new girlfriend.
Because we weren't hunched over, leaning on the crutches of technology, we were able to keep our heads up and smell the roses. If you were born in the '90s these are probably some of the things that you attribute to the shining human you are today:
You Know How To Entertain Yourself When The Power Goes Out
For the most part, you grew up learning how to have fun and pass the time without the help of technology. You're a board game wizard, a Mad Lib master, and a late night conversationalist extraordinaire.
You Know How To Write A Letter
Remember thank you notes and pen pals? You knew the importance of correspondence and thoughtful communication. When you didn't have the option to send a "thx 4 the gift" text, you took the time to write a special note and put it in the mail. Not to mention, opening a letter is much more exciting than getting a text message notification.