The 80s were decades of great change. With the rise of technology, new music genres, and iconic fashion trends, it’s no wonder people often look back on these years with nostalgia. However, there were also some bad things about the 80s that we have since forgotten.

Here are some of the things we don’t miss about those years.

Bad things in the 80s for teenage

Growing up in the 80s was much different than it is now; there were many things that teenagers didn’t have, and technology was not as evolved as it is now. Nowadays, teenagers have a bad reputation for being glued to their phones and not socializing. This was not the case in the 80s. Below we will learn more about the bad things that happen in the 80s from a teenage point of view.

There were only house phones in the 80s

There were only house phones in the 80s, so you had to do it from home if you wanted to talk to your friends. You had to be careful about how long you spoke since your parents might also need to use the phone. And if you wanted to talk to someone outside your immediate area code, you had to use a long-distance call, which was very expensive.

Cell phones didn’t become widely available until the late 1980s, which means that if you got lost in the 80s, you were lost. There was no way to call for help or find your way home. You could only talk to someone outside your house by using pay phones, which required you to use a coin to speak on the phone. And it was only for about 5 mins until you had to put another coin in.

There were no laptops or computers in the 80s

If you wanted to do any research, you had to go to the library and hope they had the needed information. And if you wanted to type something up, you had to do it by hand or use a typewriter. Can you imagine having to do all your schoolwork without a computer?

There were no digital cameras in the 80s

If you wanted to take a picture, you had to use a film camera. There was no way to instantly see the photos you took and no way to fix them if they were blurry or imperfect. And if you wanted to develop the images, you had to wait a few days and hope they turned out well.

In the 80s, there was no such thing as social media

If you wanted to keep in touch with your friends, you had to do it the old-fashioned way: write letters or call them on the phone. And if you wanted to meet new people, you had to do it in person. There was no way to connect with people online or get to know them without meeting them first.

Major disasters of the 80s for everyone

The 80s were also decades of some major disasters. Here are some of the bad things that happened during those years.

Smoking on the plane in the 80s 

In the 80s, it was allowed to smoke on planes. The air quality on planes was horrible back then, and it was hard to avoid secondhand smoke.

Can you imagine how terrible that must have been for people who didn’t smoke?

Seat belts law that stated in the 80s

In the 1980s, no law required people to wear seat belts in the United States. Many people were injured or killed in car accidents because they weren’t wearing seat belts.

The Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989

The Exxon Valdez oil spill was one of the worst environmental disasters of the 20th century. It happened when an oil tanker spilled millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska. The oil killed thousands of animals and polluted the water for years.

The troubles

Who remembers this war with Northern Ireland?

Although the war started many years before the 1980s, it was still happening in the 80s, and people were getting killed. In the late 1990s, a Good Friday Agreement finally brought peace to Northern Ireland.

The Chernobyl Disaster

In 1986, a nuclear power plant in Chornobyl, Ukraine, exploded and released many radioactive materials into the environment. It was the worst nuclear disaster in history, affecting the environment and people’s health for years.

The cold war

The Cold War was when the US and the Soviet Union competed for world dominance. It was a time of great tension and fear of nuclear war.

Thankfully, the Cold War ended in the early 1990s.


We can’t forget the bad things that happened, but we should also remember the good. Looking back, it’s clear that the 80s were not all bad. There were some major disasters during those years, but there were also great technological and cultural advances.