- Having to squeeze yourself and several friends into a phone booth while one of you makes a phone call
- Waiting by the phone at a set time because that’s when you’d agreed your boyfriend would call and you don’t want anyone else in your family to answer the phone because that would be mortifying
- Having to ask permission to call a friend, getting told to hurry-up after 2 minutes and then having your mum pick up the other phone and start dialling and then getting confused as to who is on the phone!!!
- Not being able to call home to say you might be late
- The joy of just switching off because, well there wasn’t much to switch off!.
- Having to figure out the answer to something without looking it up on your phone
- Getting mixed tapes from a boyfriend
- Coffee dates, dinners etc. where everyone joined in and nobody was texting or playing games on their phone
- The stress of making plans to go out with a friend but then you can’t make it and they are already on their way and you can’t tell them you won’t be there!
- How annoying it was if someone didn’t rewind the VHS tape after watching a movie…and not being able to just click to your favourite scene to watch again…and again!
- When girl-power meant Madonna and Bananarama
- Answering the phone without knowing who is calling…ever.
- Having to find numbers in the yellow pages or by calling Direct Enquiries.
- Having to actually remember all your friends phone numbers
- The joy of a life without 500 passwords
- The agony of your tape recorder chewing up your favourite tape and then having to sit there for an hour trying to wind the mangled mess back up with a pencil!!!
- Having to listen to the radio just to record your favourite song…and then having the end of it cut off with annoying adverts
- Religiously listening to the top 40 every week and getting very excited or annoyed about which song was at number one
- When children’s television wasn’t available 24 hours a day and none of us really cared
- The joy of being able to have unbelievably huge embarrassing moments which aren’t shared on the internet the next day for the whole world to see
- Just how cool the ‘Bratt Pack’ were and why The Breakfast Club is one of the greatest movies of all times
- The excitement when Nelson Mandela was released, the Berlin Wall came down and Live Aid took place and we thought the world was becoming an amazing place
- You had no idea what your friends ate for breakfast, lunch or dinner and frankly you didn’t really care
- You didn’t have Facebook just occasionally your face in a book if you fell asleep in class
- Jilly Cooper books were the raciest thing around – there was no internet porn or sex channels
- That Fraggle Rock is possibly the best children’s show ever made
- Why the phrase ‘Wax on Wax off’ is deeply wise
- How Morrissey managed to make a bunch of flowers cool
- When the closest thing to Google was Ceefax and an Apple was just a fruit that everyone could afford
- Being absolutely convinced that we would soon all be in flying cars and using hoverboards because Back to The Future was so gonna happen!!!!
Chatting with my kids last night I couldn't help thinking how different their teen experiences are in many ways from mine. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. So here is a slightly nostalgic list of things you will probably only understand if you were a teen in the 80s...
What are your 80s memories?
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