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Subject: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: Dundee on 03/05/18 at 6:04 am

Let's say historians one day discover that 5 years at some point in the middle ages were for some reason scrapped and that they had to be incorporated in our history, and everything after those years has to shift 5 years. Meaning giving a whole new meaning to our actual decades:

1955-1964 = The new 60s
1965-1974 = The new 70s
1975-1984 = The new 80s
1985-1994 = The new 90s
1995-2004 = The new 2000s
2005-2014 = The new 2010s
2015-2024 = The new 2020s

Imagine the events in those years were untouched, what do you think of this new method of decades. Better, worse, what would be the most shoking/weirdest facts about those new decades :D?


Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: robby76 on 03/05/18 at 6:36 am

Being born in 1976, this new timeline would have fitted my life great. Ages 1 to 10 were the new 80s etc.

No matter how your split a 10 year period though, it will kinda always work out, as each year would naturally and progressively lead to the next.

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: Dundee on 03/05/18 at 6:56 am



No matter how your split a 10 year period though, it will kinda always work out, as each year would naturally and progressively lead to the next.
True, but in this case it's to see how our perception of decades would be altered if they were to be split like this instead; Things like the Disco era becoming a 80s thing, the 90s being mostly a Cold War decade instead of a post one, 9/11 happening in the mid-2000s, ....

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 03/05/18 at 8:30 am


Being born in 1976, this new timeline would have fitted my life great. Ages 1 to 10 were the new 80s etc.

No matter how your split a 10 year period though, it will kinda always work out, as each year would naturally and progressively lead to the next.


You mean -1 to 8?

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: 2001 on 03/05/18 at 9:19 am

The 2000s would be my favorite decade instead of the worst ;D

The new '70s would also be really sick!

The new '80s would truly be a split decade  :o

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: TwilightPrince16 on 03/05/18 at 3:28 pm

I'd be the ultimate 2010s kid (childhood ages 3-12) instead of a 50/50 2000s/2010s hybrid kid.

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: Dundee on 03/05/18 at 4:25 pm


I'd be the ultimate 2010s kid (childhood ages 3-12) instead of a 50/50 2000s/2010s hybrid kid.
You're born in 2002? If so it would mean I would take your place as 50/50 2000s/2010s hybrid instead of an ultimate 2000s kid (but tbh 2002 borns are still 2000s kids in my eyes) :)

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: prodanny288 on 03/05/18 at 4:37 pm


You're born in 2002? If so it would mean I would take your place as 50/50 2000s/2010s hybrid instead of an ultimate 2000s kid (but tbh 2002 borns are still 2000s kids in my eyes) :)

I was born in 2002 and don’t consider myself a 2010s kid since I was an adolescent throughout most of it.

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: TwilightPrince16 on 03/05/18 at 5:24 pm


I was born in 2002 and don’t consider myself a 2010s kid since I was an adolescent throughout most of it.

You were also mostly a baby and toddler throughout the 00s. You're a hybrid kid of the late 2000s and early 2010s.

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: piecesof93 on 03/05/18 at 6:39 pm


You were also mostly a baby and toddler throughout the 00s. You're a hybrid kid of the late 2000s and early 2010s.

I agree. Just like 1992ers are hybrid kids of the late 90s and early 2000s.

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: TwilightPrince16 on 03/05/18 at 6:47 pm

The new 00s, 10s, & 20s actually makes sense. 1995 is when Windows 95 and PlayStation 1 came out, I'd consider this the futurism point of the 90s. 2005 is when YouTube and Xbox 360 came out, I'd consider this the futurism point of the 00s. 2015 felt very different from 2014. When 2014 ended and 2015 begun, it felt like a fresh start. The PS3 & Xbox 360 were still getting all the news games, despite the Xbox One & PS4 being out already, this wasn't the case in 2015.

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: #Infinity on 03/05/18 at 11:57 pm

Well, the post-WWII decade, the 50s, and the 60s would all be significantly more culturally coherent. No more "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" being from the same decade as Led Zeppelin's first two albums, for example. Although, it would be far easier for me to call 1955-1964 the new 50s and 1965-1974 the new 60s, thanks to the cultural reputations of their original counterparts.

The new 80s and new 90s seem kind of awkward, but at the same time, I think the similarities between the latter half of the 70s and former half of the 80s, plus latter half of the 80s and former half of the 90s would become a little more apparent to historians if they were framed differently this way.

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: Longaotian00 on 03/06/18 at 12:20 am

The new 2000s would be the best decade no contest! :D

Subject: Re: What if the decades shifted by 5 years?

Written By: yelimsexa on 03/06/18 at 7:14 am


Well, the post-WWII decade, the 50s, and the 60s would all be significantly more culturally coherent. No more "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" being from the same decade as Led Zeppelin's first two albums, for example. Although, it would be far easier for me to call 1955-1964 the new 50s and 1965-1974 the new 60s, thanks to the cultural reputations of their original counterparts.

The new 80s and new 90s seem kind of awkward, but at the same time, I think the similarities between the latter half of the 70s and former half of the 80s, plus latter half of the 80s and former half of the 90s would become a little more apparent to historians if they were framed differently this way.


In terms of "new '80s":

-Star Wars
-Happy Days
-Disco and post-disco
-New Wave (NOT wannabe new wave that's synthpop)
-Cars at their ugliest
-Charlie's Angels
-Three's Company
-The Jeffersons
-The Love Boat
-The Rocky franchise for the most part
-Jaws
-Atari/Colecovision/Intellivison
-Early VCRs and personal computers
-The true heyday of the cassette tape
-Slasher horror flicks (1985+ movies are quite a bit weaker than the 1978-84 ones)
-Farrah Fawcett-type hair
-Iran hostages and unrest

In terms of "new '90s":

-AIDS
-War on Drugs
-Fading stages of the Cold War
-Full House
-Matlock
-LA Law
-In The Heat Of The Night
-New Jack Swing
-The Golden Girls
-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
-Nintendo/Super Nintendo
-Sega Master System/Genesis
-Nickelodeon's true golden age
-Glam metal
-Alternative and grunge's heyday
-Golden Age hip hop
-House music
-Die Hard
-Lethal Weapon
-Back To The Future
-George HW Bush
-VHS tapes
-Paula Abdul
-Tom Cruise
-Kevin Costner
-Mike Tyson
-Steffi Graf
-Michael Jordan
-Doug Flutie
-Teased hair
-The Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego

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