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Subject: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 12/20/15 at 3:30 pm

I got this idea from the topic started by d90 on the '80s board and thought it would translate well to the '00s, since that was also a very transformative decade.

For those that grew up in the '00s, would you say that your overall childhood experience was, generally speaking, closer to that of a '90s kid or to a child of this decade? My guess would be that, since the chasm between the early '00s and late '00s is so large, it probably depends on what half of the decade your peak childhood years came in. After all, being an 8-year-old in 2009 was in many ways considerably different than being an 8-year-old in 2004 when their still was no YouTube, no modern social media, no smartphones, and a majority of the country was still without high-speed internet.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Zelek2 on 12/20/15 at 3:38 pm

To me, 2000-2004 = closer to the late 90s

2004-2008, somewhere in the middle.

2008-2009 = closer to the 10s.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: #Infinity on 12/20/15 at 4:00 pm

As a core/late Y cusper, my childhood was split between the late 90s and early 2000s, but regardless, I'd still say it was closer to the 90s as a whole, including the Bush '41 era, than the 2010s, without a doubt.  Like James Rolfe, who grew up at the dawn of millennial kid culture, I constantly played Nintendo home consoles for fun instead of mobile games, I read and embraced magazines and instruction guides instead of websites for my favorite video games or tv shows (I didn't even visit the Internet very much until about 5th grade, as I was about to enter adolescence), I strictly watched home movies on VHS, YouTube channels like Smosh and Tobuscus weren't even a thing yet, and I was extremely late to getting new mobile technology; I had a flip-phone from 9th to 11th grade, a Blackberry in 12th grade and freshman year of college, and finally my first iPhone coming into my sophomore year of college.  As a child, I was still living in the heart of the living room era of kid culture, which even late 80s were a part of, albeit with different generations of shows and games.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: mqg96 on 12/20/15 at 4:10 pm

My early childhood was obviously closer to the 90's without a question. The 1st half of my core childhood was closer to the 90's but the 2nd half of my core childhood was probably suck in between in the transition. My late childhood was closer to the 2010's.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Toon on 12/20/15 at 4:33 pm

I guess it's closer to the late '90s due to growing mainly in the 1st half of the '00s.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2001 on 12/20/15 at 4:39 pm


To me, 2000-2004 = closer to the late 90s

2004-2008, somewhere in the middle.

2008-2009 = closer to the 10s.

Agreed. Except I'd cut the "closer to the 90s" category at 2003, since I started playing MMOs in 2004, as did the other kids in my neighbourhood, and that was unthinkable in the '90s.

And I'd extend the "closer to the 10s" down to 2006/2007. That's the Hannah Montna era and online console gaming took off.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Toon on 12/20/15 at 4:44 pm


Agreed. Except I'd cut the "closer to the 90s" category at 2003, since I started playing MMOs in 2004, as did the other kids in my neighbourhood, and that was unthinkable in the '90s.

And I'd extend the "closer to the 10s" down to 2006/2007. That's the Hannah Montna era and online console gaming took off.


In the late '90s there were MMOs that people played back then such as Everquest, Ultima Online, Asheron's Call, Lineage, and the Realm Online. To a person who started playing in around 1999 there may not have been much of a difference for him/her in 2004 (which is when World of Warcraft released if I recall correctly)

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2001 on 12/20/15 at 4:53 pm


In the late '90s there were MMOs that people played back then such as Everquest, Ultima Online, Asheron's Call, Lineage, and the Realm Online. To a person who started playing in around 1999 there may not have been much of a difference for him/her in 2004 (which is when World of Warcraft released if I recall correctly)


True. "Unthinkable" is the wrong word. But there were no MMOs for kids in the late '90s/early 2000s -- most kids were still on dial-up so MMOs could never physically catch on, almost a technical impossibility. Starting 2002-2004 more families went on broadband, and it was beginning to change. Online gaming began to hit it big.

The particular MMO I'm talking about is Runescape. Came out of beta in March 2004.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Toon on 12/20/15 at 5:01 pm


True. "Unthinkable" is the wrong word. But there were no MMOs for kids in the late '90s/early 2000s -- most kids were still on dial-up so MMOs could never physically catch on, almost a technical impossibility. Starting 2002-2004 it was beginning to change and online gaming began to hit it big.

The particular MMO I'm talking about is Runescape. Came out of beta in March 2004.

Ah, I understand where you're coming from. And now that I think about it I don't remember many kids playing MMOs in 2003 or before. It was mostly just teens or adults. The only MMO I can think of that was aimed at kids is Disney's Toontown Online, but that's just 1 lone example that didn't get tons of users playing until the mid '00s anyways.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 12/20/15 at 6:08 pm

I would say I relate more to an 90's child than an 10's child by a LONG shot!

It's nothing against 10's kids, but when I talk about my childhood experiences with many 80's babies I know from my family, school, work, etc. we seem to relate a great deal. We both remember playing Gameboys (although they would of grew up more with the Original and Color while I grew up with Color and Advance), going to Blockbuster and renting VHS tapes, actually going to the store to buy music, when technology didn't consume our lives, playing outside, cartoons that were popular in both eras like Hey Arnold and DBZ, and all in all that general living room environment that seems to have been lost within the last 7-8 years.

While there are differences, obviously, I still could relate much better with someone born in say 1987 who would be the ultimate 90's kid than someone born in 2005 who would be a early-mid 10's kid. Equal age difference, but culturally I just feel closer to late 80's babies than most 00's babies.

This coupled with the fact that 10's kids are still kids and would be spending their teens in a much different era then I did while someone from the late 80's are in their mid-late 20's and while there are obvious age differences between myself a college student and someone who is post college age, it isn't THAT big, if you know what I mean.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 12/20/15 at 8:46 pm

Since I was born in 1995, my core childhood was 2000-2005, so OF COURSE it was closer to the 90s WITHOUT QUESTION!
Now if I was born in 1999, it  MIGHT be a different story. Also since my early childhood was in late 1998 and 1999, you already knew what my answer is going to be. Also I don't like referring to myself as a decade kid, I just tell people I MAINLY grew up in the 00s.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 12/20/15 at 9:09 pm

I felt like my early childhood was closer to the 90s, but my core childhood was more 2000s. I mostly grew up with shows and entertainment from the early-mid 2000s, so I would somehow relate to mid-late 90s babies.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: SpyroKev on 12/21/15 at 10:33 am

I consider The Early 2000s as the extensive of my childhood since I was still heavenly into childhood things. 2000-2002. Was my childhood similar to a 90s version? My answer is too obvious for more wordings.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Slim95 on 12/21/15 at 1:02 pm

It depends the way you look at it. I was born in 1995 and if I had to pick I would say they were closer to the 10's for my late childhood. The main reason is because of the late 00's. Even though I was already in my early teens, the late 00's were the funnest time for me and 2008 and 2009 usually get associated with 2010's culture. But for early childhood it was of course closer the the 90s. But this is all theoretical, my childhood is the 00's and nothing more than that. Now enough with this decadology junk.  ;D

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: mqg96 on 12/21/15 at 1:28 pm

It depends the way you look at it. I was born in 1995 and if I had to pick I would say they were closer to the 10's for my late childhood. The main reason is because of the late 00's. Even though I was already in my early teens, the late 00's were the funnest time for me and 2008 and 2009 usually get associated with 2010's culture.

I had mentioned the exact same thing too. That would be 2007-2009 for me. I define late childhood as your middle school years. It's the complete opposite of your early childhood years in toddlerhood or preschool/pre-K life. Middle schoolers are the oldest kids or youngest teens but they are still considered as the oldest cohort of children who are still immature for most of the part. High school on the other hand, you are no longer a child, you are in the peak of your teenage (adolescence) years, and you start preparing for the real world.

But for early childhood it was of course closer the the 90s. But this is all theoretical, my childhood is the 00's and nothing more than that.

Depends on which part of the 2000's you spent your core childhood in. It's obvious that our early childhoods were closer to the 90's, but if most of your core childhood was throughout the 1st half of the 2000's decade, then I'd say closer to the 90's, but late 2004-mid 2006 seems like in between 90's and 2010's.

Now enough with this decadology junk.  ;D

Hahahahaha!!!

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Toon on 12/21/15 at 5:42 pm

Yeah, I think the mid '00s is pretty core '00s to the point that I don't think it's closer to either '90s or '10s.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2000s Nostalgiaist on 12/23/15 at 7:44 am

I was born in '89 what does that make me? My teenage years started in 2003. So my last childhood years would have been 2000-2003 I guess. I measure the end of childhood to be when masturbation starts ;D I would say that it was closer to the 90s, the mid 2000s is when it starts getting all high tech.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2001 on 01/05/16 at 6:12 pm


I was born in '89 what does that make me? My teenage years started in 2003. So my last childhood years would have been 2000-2003 I guess. I measure the end of childhood to be when masturbation starts ;D I would say that it was closer to the 90s, the mid 2000s is when it starts getting all high tech.


If we go by that rule, my childhood ended earlier than yours but I'm four years younger than you  ;D

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: shadowcookie on 01/07/16 at 2:30 pm

Early 00s.. closer to the 90s, definitely. I was 12 in 2007.. and I'd say it was closer to the 2010s, as there was nothing remotely 1990s about the year, but 2007 and 2016 certainly seem nothing alike to me, so I'd say 2005-2008 in particular was in the middle, with 2009 closer to the 2010s by far.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Slim95 on 01/07/16 at 2:33 pm

The 2000s was its own thing. They weren't close to either the 90s or the 10's. Even the early 2000s weren't similar to the mid 90s at all.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: mqg96 on 01/07/16 at 2:47 pm


The 2000s was its own thing. They weren't close to either the 90s or the 10's. Even the early 2000s weren't similar to the mid 90s at all.


Well the question was whether your childhood was closer to the 90's or 2010's in general. The early 2000's was closer to the late 90's, heck even the same era by a lot of people, so that period is still closer to the 90's than 2010's without a question. The mid 2000's was a transitional period, stagnant type culture that was so distant from both the 90's & 2010's it can't really be said whether it's closer to the 90's or 2010's, it's debatable. I think by the time you get to 2006 the culture is closer to the 2010's than 90's. Me being born in 1996, I'd say when I was 3-7 the culture was closer to the 90's, when I was 8 & 9 it was about even, but when I was 10-12 it was closer to the 2010's.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Slim95 on 01/07/16 at 4:36 pm


Well the question was whether your childhood was closer to the 90's or 2010's in general. The early 2000's was closer to the late 90's, heck even the same era by a lot of people, so that period is still closer to the 90's than 2010's without a question. The mid 2000's was a transitional period, stagnant type culture that was so distant from both the 90's & 2010's it can't really be said whether it's closer to the 90's or 2010's, it's debatable. I think by the time you get to 2006 the culture is closer to the 2010's than 90's. Me being born in 1996, I'd say when I was 3-7 the culture was closer to the 90's, when I was 8 & 9 it was about even, but when I was 10-12 it was closer to the 2010's.

Yeah but true 90s culture is from the mid 90s, not the late 90s. At least that's what I think.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2001 on 01/07/16 at 4:56 pm


Yeah but true 90s culture is from the mid 90s, not the late 90s. At least that's what I think.


All I remember about the mid-90s was playing Freddi Fish, Putt Putt, Pajama Sam and pinball on my computer, instead of checkers on Yahoo! Games in the early 2000s lol. Quite the fall from grace.

Does 1997 count as mid-90s? I think that's when my dad bought a computer. Or it might've been '96... can't really remember. I remember when the computer was brand new, but I don't ever remember it not being there  ;D

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Toon on 01/07/16 at 4:58 pm


Yeah but true 90s culture is from the mid 90s, not the late 90s. At least that's what I think.


Well yeah you're correct. It's like how the mid '00s feels nothing like the '90s or '10s. Late '90s and early '00s have similarities. Similar to how the late '00s and early '10s have similarities.  The core '00s or '90s or '80s is where the peak of a decades culture would normally be.


Does 1997 count as mid-90s?


Hmm, I'm not entirely sure on that. Personally I thought 1997 was core '90s. It's late '90s, but still had that core feel I suppose (although keep in mind that my views on this are opinionated). And another I was also wondering if people saw 2007 as part of the core '00s in terms of culture or what?

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2001 on 01/07/16 at 5:08 pm


Well yeah you're correct. It's like how the mid '00s feels nothing like the '90s or '10s. Late '90s and early '00s have similarities. Similar to how the late '00s and early '10s have similarities.  The core '00s or '90s or '80s is where the peak of a decades culture would normally be.

Hmm, I'm not entirely sure on that. Personally I thought 1997 was core '90s. It's late '90s, but still had that core feel I suppose (although keep in mind that my views on this are opinionated). And another I was also wondering if people saw 2007 as part of the core '00s in terms of culture or what?


I consider 2007-early 2008 to be late but still core 2000s. Maybe that's the same feel '97 had.

I guess I got no mid-90s under my belt  :\'(

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Toon on 01/07/16 at 5:25 pm


I consider 2007-early 2008 to be late but still core 2000s. Maybe that's the same feel '97 had.

I guess I got no mid-90s under my belt  :\'(


WHAT THIS?!  :o No mid-90s under your belt!? >:( BEGONE! I hereby banish you to the dark corners of the internet that shall not be named. Come back when you've learned your lesson about missing out on the mid '90s you swine!

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2001 on 01/07/16 at 5:31 pm

Trying to remember the mid-90s has brought back a lot of 1997 memories for me  :o I remembe when my dad bought the computer and I was totally obsessed with screensavers.

Like that Windows 95 maze
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRL5durPleI

And the haunted house! My dad took me to his job and I guess I was pissing him off trying to play with a safe in his office, he opened this haunted house screensaver and I promised to be good.  :\'(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWfq6BOBB2g

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2001 on 01/07/16 at 5:35 pm


WHAT THIS?!  :o No mid-90s under your belt!? >:( BEGONE! I hereby banish you to the dark corners of the internet that shall not be named. Come back when you've learned your lesson about missing out on the mid '90s you swine!

I... I... can dance the Macarena! Please don't banish me  :\'(

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Toon on 01/07/16 at 5:43 pm


I... I... can dance the Macarena! Please don't banish me  :\'(


The Macarena you say? Oh well it's all good then, mate.  8)

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Toon on 01/07/16 at 5:54 pm


Trying to remember the mid-90s has brought back a lot of 1997 memories for me  :o I remembe when my dad bought the computer and I was totally obsessed with screensavers.

Like that Windows 95 maze
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRL5durPleI

And the haunted house! My dad took me to his job and I guess I was pissing him off trying to play with a safe in his office, he opened this haunted house screensaver and I promised to be good.  :\'(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWfq6BOBB2g

I don't


As a child I barely had any contact with computers except for moments where I was in school. I remember thinking that a screensaver was something that would prevent your monitor from malfunctioning.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: 2001 on 01/07/16 at 6:04 pm


The Macarena you say? Oh well it's all good then, mate.  8)


My junior kindergarten teacher's last name was literally Macarena. Whenever anyone asked what my teacher's name was and I'd tell them, they'd start dancing the Macarena.  And of course I'd attack them because I was sure they were making fun of her  >:(

As a child barely had any contact with computers except for moments where I was in school. I remember thinking that a screensaver was something that would prevent your monitor from malfunctioning.


LOL that actually makes a lot of sense given the name.  ;D

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: mqg96 on 01/07/16 at 7:40 pm


Yeah but true 90s culture is from the mid 90s, not the late 90s. At least that's what I think.


A comparison could be made about 2007 too, it's obviously not related to core 2010's culture around 2013-present, since it's still a late 2000's cultural year and part of the core 2000's, but 2007 is still overall closer to the 2010's than 90's though, that's the question of the thread.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 01/07/16 at 10:45 pm


Does 1997 count as mid-90s? I think that's when my dad bought a computer. Or it might've been '96... can't really remember. I remember when the computer was brand new, but I don't ever remember it not being there  ;D

Nope 1997 is definitely late, just not VERY late like late 1998 and 1999.

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 01/13/16 at 1:39 pm

Mathematically speaking if we were to use the typical age 3-12 definition of childhood then this how it would look like for 2000's kids:

b. 1992: 10 years closer/within the 90's

b. 1993: 9 years closer/within the 90's, 1 year closer to the 10's

b. 1994: 8 years closer/within the 90's, 2 years closer to the 10's

b. 1995: 7 years closer/within the 90's, 3 years closer to the 10's

b. 1996: 6 years closer/within the 90's, 4 years closer to the 10's

b. 1997: 5 years closer to the 90's, 5 years closer to the 10's

b. 1998: 4 years closer to the 90's, 6 years closer/within the 10's

b. 1999: 3 years closer to the 90's, 7 years closer/within the 10's

b. 2000: 2 years closer to the 90's, 8 years closer/within the 10's

b. 2001: 1 year closer to the 90's, 9 years closer/within the 10's

b. 2002: 10 years closer/within the 10's


So those born from 1992-First Half of 1997 would've had most of their childhoods closer to and or within the 90's

While those born from Second Half of 1997-2002 would've had most of their childhoods closer to and or within the 10's

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 01/13/16 at 3:33 pm


So those born from 1992-First Half of 1997 would've had most of their childhoods closer to and or within the 90's

While those born from Second Half of 1997-2002 would've had most of their childhoods closer to and or within the 10's

Pretty good man! :) I generally don't like to refer to myself as a decade kid, but I made a list. It's only my opinion.
1992-1995/96ers are older 00s kids
Late 1996-1998ers are true 00s kids
1999ers-2001/02ers youngest 00s kids

Subject: Re: '00s Kids: Do you think your childhood's were closer to the '90s or '10s?

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 01/13/16 at 4:47 pm


Pretty good man! :) I generally don't like to refer to myself as a decade kid, but I made a list. It's only my opinion.
1992-1995/96ers are older 00s kids
Late 1996-1998ers are true 00s kids
1999ers-2001/02ers youngest 00s kids


Same, it sounds pretty stupid saying '00s kid' or whatever. I just say that I grew up in the 2000's or the Bush 43' Era and came of age during the Obama Era.

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