The 80s: What Can We Learn?

The 80s was a glorious time. In terms of movies, music, television, and culture. Actually, it might be one of the best periods in history. And while it was by no means perfect (the fashion is a good example of this) there’s still a lot we can learn from the 80s. For example, here are just a few of the things we seem to have forgotten.

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Delayed Gratification

One thing about today is that everyone wants it NOW. Whether it’s getting ahead in your career, buying a new smartphone, losing weight, or playing the latest video game. People simply aren’t prepared to wait for anything. In fact, we’re more impatient than ever. This is probably the reason why so many people are dealing with stress issues. It’s also why people struggle with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. This is mostly because of technology, and that’s certainly one thing we can take from the 80s. Back then you couldn’t get in touch with someone immediately. You didn’t have every song, movie, and TV show at your fingertips. Life didn’t move at the speed of an internet connection. You had to wait and people were probably a lot better off for it.


One of the worst things about social media is what it has done to our ability to concentrate. Smartphones have also contributed greatly to this. Along with that you have the internet. People spend their lives jumping from one webpage to the next, clicking endlessly without any focus. We switch from YouTube videos to social media to email and back again. In the 80s people didn’t have this problem. You didn’t have a million things fighting for your attention. This is something we should definitely relearn – the art of concentrating and dealing with one thing at a time.

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It’s sad, but many people today communicate entirely through the internet, social media, or over smartphones. COVID-19 has made this so much worse. It’s difficult to know what effect this will have of future generations, but it’s guaranteed to be negative. This is a lesson we can definitely learn from the 80s. Communicating exclusively through electronics is neither healthy or desired. We need to learn how to unplug and socialize face to face again, just like normal human beings.

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It seems as if most people have forgotten how to solve problems. We’re always looking for someone to save us, or take care of our issues. We want some politician or celebrity who can tell us what to do. People refuse to help themselves or accept responsibility. They are always looking for someone to blame. They want magic pills that work immediately. The greatest thing that we can learn from the 80s is that we need to do things for ourselves. Think of classic 80s hero’s like Indiana Jones or MacGyver. Those guys could take care of any problem and do it without breaking a sweat.

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