Despite Your Love for Stranger Things, the '80s Actually Sucked, Here's Why
Despite Your Love for Stranger Things, the ’80s Actually Sucked, Here’s Why

Despite Your Love for Stranger Things, the ’80s Actually Sucked, Here’s Why

Trista - September 16, 2019

Despite Your Love for Stranger Things, the ’80s Actually Sucked, Here’s Why
Latchkey kids came home to an empty house. Photo: theparentreport.com

33. There Were Latchkey Kids

Kids in the 80s were pretty much forgotten by their parents. Even the name that was given to that decade – Generation X – suggests that nobody knows what to do with them. The epitome of this paradigm is the latchkey kids, who carried their keys on a necklace so that when they got home to an empty house after school, they could let themselves in.

Today, parents could lose custody of their kids for the neglect that was so common in the 80s. However, both parents worked, because the economy was tanking and no one had any money, and they didn’t know what to do with the kids anyway.

Despite Your Love for Stranger Things, the ’80s Actually Sucked, Here’s Why
Imagine starting your day by being reminded of how quickly you could go missing. Photo: thestar.com

34. Missing Kids Were On The Milk Cartons

Have you heard stories about how kids who were missing were featured on the side of milk cartons? Those stories are true. Which means that if you were a kid in the 80s, pouring milk over your cereal or drinking a carton of milk with your lunch would leave you with a reminder that you weren’t safe.

The black-and-white photos of missing kids started showing up on milk cartons in 1982 because parents were so desperate to find their children that they wanted to put the message out everywhere they could. However, even though the intention was undoubtedly noble, the effect it left on kids was a bit deleterious.

 

Where Did We Find This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources:

“Reminder For ‘Stranger Things’ Fans: The Eighties Sucked,” by Jason Pargin. Cracked. July 18, 2019.

“Top Five Reasons the 80’s Sucked.” The Luxury Spot.

“Forget the Nostalgia; 7 Things About the 1980s That Sucked,” by Chris Lane. Houston Press. August 4, 2016.

“9 Reasons The ’80s Kind Of Sucked,” by Elizabeth Broadbent. Scary Mommy.

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