4 Reasons The Early 2000s Are Underrated

4 Reasons The Early 2000s Are Underrated

Pop punk, shoes with wheels, inflatable furniture! What a time to be alive.

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The 2000s were one iconic trend after another. They seem so close yet so far away, and kids today should envy the nostalgia and pop culture they're missing out on. Read on to indulge in the nostalgia that has been making a comeback (thankfully only some of it).

1. The fashion trends

Abercrombie and Fitch polos were THE "in thing", neckties were used as belts with shiny pants, jeans were too low, and camo was plastered on ev-er-y-thing. You had a burning desire to bedazzle all your accessories if they weren't already. Juicy Couture tracksuit pockets held frosted lip glosses and tinted shades, pant legs stuffed into ugg boots. You envied anyone with a Von Dutch trucker cap or a Tiffany bracelet. Scrunched-up popcorn tops that fit in your hand were all the rage, paired with Ed Hardy sunglasses.
You would have given anything for a chance to raid Rihanna or Christina Aguilera's closet. Can't forget the eyeliner. So. Much. Eyeliner (for all your Myspace posts of course). The rise of pop culture created many fashion subcultures like never before, dominated by socialites like Paris Hilton and bands from Destiny's Child to Paramore. Thankfully only some of these trends have made a comeback, and we haven't seen low-rise jeans for a decade.

2. The technology

Do you ever have flashbacks of the Windows XP sound just before logging in to play Neopets or to download the new Fall Out Boy album from LimeWire? But definitely not without that atrocious roaring static noise emitted during the process of logging on to the internet.

You saved up your money to buy more Webkinz. Maybe you remember calling your friends with your blinged out pink Razr flip phone or Blackberry to plan a trip to go shop at American Eagle of Pac Sun. The excitement of being on your crush's Myspace top 8 list. If you weren't as lucky, you carried around a bunch of CDs and a clunky CD player. The anticipation of waiting for your vacation photos to be developed from your disposable camera. It was a time of technological experimentation, which you were happy to be a part of.

3. The music

"Can I make it any more obvious" that the pop-punk anthems of Avril, Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, and Fall Out Boy were inescapable, along with energetic pop music also dominating the charts? The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, and Maroon 5 invaded the radio and pop scene. Silky voices of Usher, Rihanna, and Beyonce revolutionized the R&B scene, later to be altered with the introduction of autotune. Coldplay, The Fray, The Plain White T's, and James Blunt all gave a warm fuzzy feeling to the alternative music world.

Everyone and their brother started doing the 1,2 Step in 2004 and was cranking that Soulja Boy by 2007. You knew how to do the Cupid Shuffle or Cha Cha Slide in your sleep. These dance trends were spread through social media websites and through the emergence of YouTube, which allowed music and people to be connected like never before.

4. The TV and movies

There was something so exciting about strolling down the colorful aisles of Blockbuster, or hearing "Yep, That's Me" from the "That's So Raven" theme playing from the TV in the living room. MTV gave us the gem and time capsule of "My Super Sweet 16", making American teens envious everywhere with the lavish parties. You wanted to be best friends with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie on "The Simple Life".

"High School Musical" was the inspiration for birthday parties and sleepovers. "Drake and Josh" provided endless jokes and references. Girls wished they had the exciting pop star double life of "Hannah Montana". Kids woke up extra early to watch their favorite cartoons on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, or Cartoon Network. Any girl wouldn't be able to deny her love for "Mean Girls" or "Legally Blonde" or reality shows. TV and movies, or just any pop culture, in general, make the early 2000s pretty dang memorable and nostalgic, and you can't help but get a theme song or two stuck in your head.

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9 Things We All Did In Middle School During The 2000s

We're all guilty of it.
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Middle school. The most embarrassing years of my life. I look back at my pictures and just wonder why in the world would I do that? Why did I look like that? How did someone let me do that? But to be honest, I wouldn't want it any other way because I wouldn't have something to look back on today. Just about every middle school girl can relate to this:

SEE ALSO: 15 Food Items Every 2000s Middle Schooler Was Addicted To

1. Getting "married"

I don't know about you but I took my "marriage" very seriously. We had a 25 cent ring and everything. We called each other "wifey's" to top it all off. Believe it or not, we even had a wedding video. It was pretty legit. Then I found out she was also married to another friend in our friend group. It was a sad breakup but we worked through it and she's my best friend to this day.


2. Duck lips

The legendary duck lips. The bigger the lips the better. I went through a phase where I don't think I ever took a picture with my teeth showing. Why did we think this was cool? I wish I knew.

3. Atrocious wardrobe

Sophie shorts ring a bell? I think I had one in at least every color. Oh and don't forget about my soccer ball ones that I just HAD to wear to soccer practice. What about tying your shirt to the side or tucking in the front of your t-shirt to your shorts? For some reason, this was a long-running style. I am not sure how.

4. Forward messages

Those messages were so annoying yet fun. If I didn't forward those I swear I thought something was actually going to happen to me.

5. Learning everything on the bus

From bad words to inappropriate anything. You learned what things were and where things came from. I learned more things on the bus than I ever did in school.

6. Festivals

They were the best thing to do on a summer weekend. You couldn't miss it. Although no on really rode the rides or played games. It was basically a giant get together for your side of town with a bunch of middle school drama.

7. Awkward mirror selfies

Don't lie, we've all taken them at some point.

8. Edited pictures

There were edited pictures with irrelevant words surrounding our faces. Or writing the words "BFF's" around it to make sure everyone knew that you guys were best friends. At some points, I would actually have people like my status for me to make them an edited picture. Consider yourself lucky if you didn't. Pic Monkey was my life.

9. Webcam pictures

What're you doing tonight? Oh, just taking pics on my webcam.

SEE ALSO: A Playlist Of A Middle Schooler From 2007

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Nostalgia Is Such A Powerful Feeling

It's amazing how such a simple feeling can make you feel so many different emotions.

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As I get older, I can't help but think about my childhood. When I do, I think about things like Fruitopia, Kids WB, and Disney Adventure magazines.

I'm a 90s baby, and these are some of the things I was exposed to growing up in the 2000s. Thinking about these things, along with other parts of my childhood, makes me tear up sometimes.

These moments make me realize how powerful the feeling of nostalgia truly is.

If you've ever thought back to something in your past that you enjoyed, you'll most likely experience a bit of nostalgia. These days, it seems everyone is willing to let it be known that they've got nostalgia for their childhood.

For instance, I've been out in public and seen people my age with the iconic "Kim Possible" beeper sound as their ringtone. This sounds cliche, but hearing that sound takes me back to a simpler time. I just can't help but smile when I hear it. I also can't help but tear up a little, because I know I'll never be able to go back to that time period.

When we're kids, sometimes we don't take the time to appreciate the things we have while we have them.

I think that's what helps nostalgia be such a powerful feeling. As a kid, I hated commercials and just wanted to watch my favorite shows. Now I find myself going to YouTube and watching commercial breaks from the 2000s just to remember what it was like to watch TV back then.

Nostalgia is also pretty powerful because it can affect your judgment.

I'm sure we all have our favorite movies and shows from our childhood that we loved when we were younger. Truth is, you probably haven't watched a lot of those shows since your childhood and only remember them as these amazing and hilarious things. In reality, that show you liked when you were in third grade is probably terrible.

I had one of those "what on earth" moments when I rewatched "Rocket Power." I know a lot of people grew up with it and loved it, but watching it now, I realized it's not a very good show. It panders way too much to kids that like extreme sports, and it feels like it was written by adults pretending to know what kids that skateboard talk like. It's not really funny either, and you know what? That's perfectly fine.

A show like this is was obviously made for 7-year-old me so I would go out and buy all the radical merchandise. It wasn't made for the cynical, sarcastic 21-year-old me. Any time I get reminded of "Rocket Power," I want to go back to when I first watched it because I'd love to experience it again for the first time.

That's the power of nostalgia.

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