Websites are about to code it up like it’s 1994.
According to Fast Company, multiple website developers are reworking their layouts and configurations to fit the style of a 1990s web design. Developers said to Fast Company that the internet of the ’90s was simple and user-friendly, something that’s been less important to newer website builders.
“Certainly there is a desire for those more earnest days of the internet,” said Ben Brown, CEO of the software design and development house XOXCO, to Fast Company. “Those days of the quiet, nerdy, artistic web are very appealing.”
These websites are part of a larger trend in the United States — an appreciation and sometimes adoration for the 1990s decade.
According to the Pew Research Center, 57 percent of Americans look back positively at the 1990s -- the highest of any other decade in the last 50 years. The 2000s -- our current era -- is only viewed positively by 27 percent of Americans.
Younger people (67 percent) and 30- to 49-year-olds (64 percent) especially favor the ’90s. Those 50 and older have a less favorable view of the decade, but still favor it more than they do the 1960s.
So, what’s the biggest reason people like the 1990s? According to Pew, it’s the internet. In fact, 65 percent of Americans today say that internet made society better, the Pew report found.
“This largely mirrors the balance of opinion at the close of the 1990s -- the decade that saw the widespread adoption of the web,” Pew reported.
Some would say the ’90s were so cool because of the music. Famous bands like Pearl Jam, Oasis and U2 all headlined pop culture during the decade. And some of the best-selling albums of all time -- like Shania Twain’s “Come on Over” (about 40 million copies) and Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” (33 million copies) -- came out during the era.
And who can forget the rise of Britney Spears, NSync and the Backstreet Boys? No matter what your music interests were -- country, alternative rock or bubblegum pop -- the ’90s had music for you.
But others might say it was the movies and the TV shows. “Titanic” (released in 1999) is the second-highest grossing film of all time with $600,788,188, according to Box Office Mojo. And “Seinfeld,” a sitcom from the 1990s, was rated as the best comedy show from the area in a National Geographic survey, and it still resonates in pop culture today. These are TV shows and movies that people from all demographics watched.
The 1990s was also a time where things were more affordable. CNN Money’s recent charts showed that adjusting for inflation, prices for tuition, homes and even dating were cheaper during 1995. The Big Mac, now $4.56, would have cost $3.55, movie tickets went from $6.65 to $8.13 and homes went from $175,176 to $197,1000. And we may never see those prices again, said Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, a bond fund, to NPR.
“The ’90s,” he said, “was a very special period that’s unlikely to be repeated for a while.”
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