28 Things You Only Understand If You Grew Up In The 90s

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Three names: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Devon Sawa.

Growing up in the 90s was a completely different world than it is today. In a world without iPhones, iPads, and even WiFi, we got to enjoy spending all our time outside with our friends and watching cartoons pretty much every chance we got.

Kids who grew up in the 90s always had the best toys, the weirdest (yet delicious) foods, and we were at the peak of flannel shirts. Because the 90s were so different than today, we grew up with different priorities and woes.

A 90s kid never had to worry about someone not responding to a text message. Instead, our biggest concern was searching for a blank VHS tape to record our Saturday morning cartoons on. 

Between growing up with Rugrats and Doug, and heading to Claire's for stick-on earrings and butterfly clips, there were a lot less problems to worry about.

Not growing up on the internet meant we couldn't be cyber-bullied. It meant that if someone wanted to be mean to us, they actually had to say it to our face. We didn't have Netflix and 500 channels, so most of our time was spent outdoors with our friends or playing old school video games.

So, if you grew up in the 90s, here are 28 things only you would understand:

The importance of where each butterfly clip was placed on your head.
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Eating Flintstones vitamins like they were candy.
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You wondered what the hell purple ketchup was.
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The awesomeness of moon shoes.
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You couldn't be on the internet and the phone at the same time, because of dial-up.
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You had to have a different devices to take pictures, shoot videos, listen to music, and talk on the phone.
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The importance of *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys.
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Devon Sawa.
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How to keep your Tamagotchi alive.
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How hard it was to turn off your Furby. Seriously though, that assh*le could outlive the end of the world.
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The original Super Mario World ... on Super Nintendo.
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When it comes to Dunkaroos, there was never enough frosting to have the perfect cookie to frosting ratio.
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Just how terrifying and awesome all the Goosebumps books were.
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The joy behind putting in a VHS tape that was already rewinded ... but the annoyance when it wasn’t.
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Thinking that M.A.S.H. was going to actually predict your future husband and the life you'd one day share.
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Having to blow on your video games to clean them.
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You lived through the original walkman and freaked out over your new portable CD player when it came out.
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The art behind the perfect mix tape.
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The fear between fording the river vs. caulking the wagons and floating across in Oregon Trail.
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The fact that Mario taught us to type, and how important math skills were when it came to playing Math Blaster.
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The stress of watching the winning Legends of The Hidden Temple team attempt to put together the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. Or when the Temple Guards jumped out of literally nowhere. Seriously, how hard is it to put a three-piece statue together!?
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Why you always kept the Beanie Baby tag on.
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What it was like to be proposed to with a Ring Pop.
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How you were judged based off your favorite Ninja Turtle.
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Passing notes in class: the original texting.
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You had to go to an actual channel to see what was playing at any given time, especially if you weren't a TV Guide Magazine subscriber.
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How Singled Out was the only dating show that actually mattered.
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The disappointment when there were only green and purple Otter Pops left.
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