My day started just like any ordinary 29 year olds, shower, breakfast, coffee and my daily Facebook fix. During my scroll through the home page loaded with baby pictures, Buzzfeed Lists, and the endless post from the drama kings and queens of the world, I noticed something that caught my eye. Today is March the 24th and its marks the 30th anniversary of the day when a small group of teens known as The Breakfast Club spent the better part of their Saturday in a detention hall. America grew to love this group of kids from the 1985 John Hughes Film. Onscreen they were your average teens in angst, while off screen they were known as the Bratpack, and Hollywood’s new up and coming stars. I find it interesting that this film is still so relevant to pop culture and that people are still posting about it on social media. But that is not the only piece of pop culture from our past that people are posting about. Sorry to disappoint, but I am not writing this article to talk about the Bratpack.
I am writing this rather to talk about the nostalgia that has taken social media by storm, and sharing information from a film made in the 80s like The Breakfast Club is a perfect example of how people are remembering the past on these platforms. I am pretty sure many of us are familiar with Born in the 80s, Raised in the 90s on Facebook, favorite toys, TV shows, video games, etc. from that era are shared from person to person. Social Media is a great platform for sharing old memories and bringing back to life things that have not been heard from in years. Whether it is to talk about your favorite Wonder Years episode, share a picture of your Easy Bake Oven, or talk about how they just don’t make cartoons like they used to, it seems people love this concept and are excited to share things from their childhood.
Besides sharing memories and creating pages on Facebook, people are logging on to YouTube to watch their favorite shows from the past. This is especially true for new parents who are treating to their children to the cartoons they grew up on rather then the ones available on basic cable. Some parents feel like things were just made better when they were younger, and maybe they have a point, but it is a great bonding experience for the family. I think it is amazing that folks can relive their childhood in just the push of a button and it reinforces the notion that we really are living in a time of great innovation. Check out this cartoon from the past I have uploaded for your viewing pleasure. What are some of your favorite childhood memories that you would like to share?