Pop culture trends from the nineties make a comeback

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For some reason, it seems like the ’90s are everywhere.

It started during the summer of 2011, when a program called “The ’90s Are All That” came to TeenNick. TeenNick started broadcasting shows like Doug, Kenan & Kel, and All That.

It was a late night treat for ’90s kids. Suddenly, Kel Mitchell was saying, “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger, can I take your order?” and all seemed right with the world.

That summer, Backstreet Boys also went on a reunion tour with New Kids on the Block. Fans were screaming and singing songs like it was 1999.

But it was not just old school boy bands making a comeback.

Now, new boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted have teenage girls screaming all over again. One Direction’s songs “What Makes You Beautiful” and “One Thing” blew up the radio all summer.

However, the ’90s flashback does not just end with television and music. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” came out in October. The movie was based on a book set in the ’90s, but the context of the film and the acting performances suited anyone of this generation.

Teens were not texting on their cell phones or updating their Facebook statuses in scenes. Instead, they were listening to tapes and getting typewriters as Christmas presents. Regardless of the time period, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” showed how the ’90s still resonates with this generation.

So what’s with the throwback? It has a lot to do with the simplicity of the ’90s. Sure, the fashion was not that great, but now the kids of the ’90s are slowly turning into adults. Maybe they want to go back to something familiar, something they have a connection with?

The ’90s was a pre-historic time because it was pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter – pre-everything that was supposed to make us more connected as a generation. Instead, the ’90s relied on face-to-face communication and simple songs with simple lyrics about heartbreak and genies in bottles.

Christina Aguilera, anyone?

Sometimes it takes a while for people to appreciate a decade. However, it only took this generation about 11 years out of the ’90s to start paying tribute. It is probably because the ’90s generation is just now getting on their feet as adults.

Maybe ’90s kids are starting to become nostalgic like their parents, starting stories with, “Remember when N’Sync … ” Or maybe the media wants to capitalize on a time when things were just about jelly sandals and not dating scrubs.

It is hard to believe how much can change in a 10 year time period. How one group of kids can grow up typing on typewriters and the next are using touch-screen smartphones. How Alanis Morrisette’s revealing song “You Oughta Know” can pave the way for other artists like Taylor Swift to sing about their relationships. How one decade can change the course of time, but still stay with a generation forever.