10 signs you were born in the 1980s

The 1980s were a rockin’ good time. From ‘80s rock music that is still quite popular today, to television shows like Saved By The Bell and TGIF on Friday nights, the ‘80s decade was one to remember. 

Here are 10 signs that you were born in the 1980s. 

1. You wished that A.C. Slater was your friend 

Saved By The Bell was one of the hit television shows at the time, featuring six high-school students led by Zack Morris (the goof) and A.C. Slater (the jock). Extra points if you remember the name of the girl that both Zack and Slater were pursuing. 

In case you don’t remember, her name was Kelly Kapowski. 

2. You remember Prince before he was “formerly-known” as Prince

Music in the 1980s is still quite popular today, and you might remember listening to some of the tunes that helped revolutionize the music industry from artists like Prince, Madonna, Metalica, Van Halen, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and even Michael Jackson. 

Or, maybe you were more of a Phil Collins, Billy Joel, or Whitney Houston person. 

3. You used a Macintosh computer before it was sleek white

In the 1980s, Macintosh computers looked nothing like they do today. In 1984, the first Mac was released with two software applications installed: MacWrite and MacPaint. 

It was the computer industry’s first transformation from a command-line interface (like DOS) to one that was much more graphical, using a mouse-based point-and-click interface. 

4. You remember “big hair” being all the rage

The hairstyles of the 1980s were…unique. Big and gaudy was the name of the game when it came to hair. Perms were the norm. The bigger the hair, the better. 

5. Nice Vans, man

Vans shoes seemed to be all over the place in the ‘80s.

Vans were a unique shoe style featuring a low-cut shoe with virtually no ankle support, flat bottoms, often sporting a very colorful design. Vans are still sold today and are marketed as a skateboarding shoe. 

6. Shoulder pads were not just for football players

Especially in women’s fashion, shoulder pads were raging in the ‘80s. Blazers with gigantic shoulder pads gave people’s stature a more boxy, square-off look.

If you remember the movie Pretty in Pink, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. 

7. You threw away cameras

Disposable cameras made their first debut in the ‘80s as a quick and dirty option for people to take photos without having to worry about loading film into expensive cameras.

Fujifilm released the first disposable camera and quickly became a popular choice for tourists who wanted a simple way to capture moments on film. 

8. You ditched your 8-track player for compact disks

The ‘70s were all about the 8-track player. But, technological advancements in the 1980s made the CD, or compact disk, the way to record data and listen to music.

If you thought that your Walkman made you look cool, your Discman was the ultimate way to portray your superiority. 

9. You know what a Game Boy is

The Game Boy, from Nintendo, was one of the coolest inventions of the 1980s.

It gave parents a way to keep their kids entertained with a durable, hand-held gaming device. Games like Tetris and Super Mario Land (as well as many others) could be switched out quickly and easily. 

10. You remember what you were doing when…

You (or your parents) might remember what you were doing when you heard the news that:

Ronald Regan was elected president of the United States in 1980. Okay, your parents probably remember this moment, not you.   

Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed the first women U.S. Supreme Court justice in 1981. 

Sally Ride became the first female astronaut in 1983. 

The space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing all seven crew members on-board, in 1986.