God, I miss the ’90s. What wasn’t to love about the quirky decade that gave us amazingly peculiar things like Salute Your Shorts, Pogs, "MMMBop", and JNCOs? As a woman now in her late 20s bearing witness to this century's formative cultural contributions such as Twitter, Miley Cyrus, Uber, and the Kardashians, I’m nostalgic for times when everything was simpler.
I was admittedly playing-with-My Little Pony-young for most of the 1990s. Still, I often wonder specifically what it would have been like to be on the dating scene “back then” -- you know, before life got so... complicated. Of this, I’m convinced: had I been in my man-eating prime before Tinder, Google Maps, and hair straighteners ruined the romance, my love life would have thrived.
Let’s take a comparative walk down memory lane, shall we?
Long before swiping left
No wayyy, you met your girlfriend at a bar? That’s so retro!
Today, Match, eHarmony, and I guess even Tinder have bestowed on us the ability to meet people we would never have otherwise crossed paths with. The options are endless! But that’s partially where the problem lies. You unapologetically swipe left on potential suitors for superficial reasons because you know that someone else’s face will immediately be presented to you behind the comfort of your iPhone screen. And I hate to break it, but that makes YOUR profile picture just as dispensable to someone else.
The Internet was still a novel concept circa 1997, so singles went to bars and coffee shops to meet other humans the authentic way -- by walking up to someone who peaks your interest and saying hello. There weren't as many options, either. So if you liked someone, why not “go steady”? The ’90s were humbler. The decade allowed people to focus more on others’ good qualities than bad -- which is NOT the same as settling for less.