Proudly from the 80s

I may have been born in the 1970s but I grew up in the ‘80s and that is the decade and generation I relate to for almost everything from music to dialogue.

A generation is defined in Wikipedia as "all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively." It can also be described as, "The average period, generally considered to be about 30 years, during which children are born and grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own."

There are several different generational designations from 1900 to present.

Here are the different generational names and time periods for more than a century:

1900 to 1924 the G.I. Generation

1925 to 1945 the Silent Generation

1946 to 1964 Baby Boomers

1965 to 1979 Thirteeners or Generation X

1980 to 2000 Millenials or Generation Y

2000 to present New Silent Generation or Generation Z

No matter what name your generation is attached to, everyone understands the importance of each individual generation. It makes up a portion of who we are and where we came from.

The ‘80s seems like a long time ago but when I see certain movies or hear certain songs it brings that decade flooding back like it was just yesterday.

Things sure have changed from that time period; although the 80s did have its contributions to society. Several inventions materialized during the 80s such as disposable cameras, stealth airplanes, compact discs, personal computers, space shuttles and DNA fingerprinting.

The 80s had its advantages in many ways. Socializing in the 80s was more personal. If you wanted to talk to someone you picked up the telephone or physically went to see them face to face. In this day and age, everyone is so obsessed with their telephones and taking selfies actually talking to someone on the phone is unusual.

A perfect example of this is at my family gatherings, everyone gets together for a time of socializing and eating. At these functions everyone has a cell phone.

What ends up happening, especially with the younger people, is they get on their cell phones and they text either someone at a different location or someone sitting beside them and everyone in the room fades away. It is hard to have a meaningful get together when this occurs.

In the 80s when we got together for family functions good old conversations were the main event for the get together.

This creates the problem of non-socialization which creates generations of children who become adults who do not know how to carry on a simple conversation. This type of deficiency carries into businesses and affects everyone adversely.

Music has changed drastically since the 80s. In the 80s music was divided into the following genres: country, hard rock, pop, soft rock, rap and new wave music.

These categories have changed or morphed since that time period. The country songs of today do not sound anything like the country songs of the 80s. If you had to place them in a category today, most of them would fall under pop or soft rock from the 80s.

If it wasn't for the creation of 80s music, today's music would not have advanced to where it currently is. The music from the 80s had heart and soul. I personally think that music from the 80s was some of the greatest music ever created.

Music from the 80s definitely left its mark and continues to entertain the up and coming generations. This is the sign of music that transcends time.

When I was younger, my entertainment was going outside riding bikes, roller skating, playing a game outside such as volleyball, kickball or badminton or just taking a walk. Most activities were outside. The future generations have lost the desire to go outside for entertainment it seems. Games played on electronic devices are preferred.

The lack of exercise is the problem with that alternative entertainment. It is healthier to go outside and get some fresh air. By playing games online and not seeing friends or family in person takes away that personal time that was cherished in the 80s.

The 80s were a golden age of so many things including movies, TV shows, music, cartoons, toys, and technology. Ask anyone who grew up in any decade, they will tell you that's when things were the best, sports were better, music and movies were better, and it was just a better time to be alive.

The author is a CLARION NEWS staff writer.