Habits from 50s and 60s That Are Unpopular Today

Habits from 50s and 60s That Are Unpopular Today

Aug 27, 2020Roshanak

It’s natural for many things to change after some time thanks to modern advancements and new information. The life people knew in the 1950s and 1960s is long gone now. It’s always great to remember habits from the past, although no one wants them to return. Do you remember when everyone wore tie-dye shirts? How about buying 45s? Let’s discover more!

HITCH-HIKING

Everyone knows that life was much freer and simpler in the past, especially in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, when certain movements became all the rage. People could just take an adventure and hitch a ride from a stranger without any worries. They also didn’t have cellphones! Nowadays, that’s unthinkable due to the huge risk!

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HAVING LOTS OF BABIES

The 50s and 60s came after some of the most horrible times in humanity. However, the world had finally settled, and families decided to grow at incredible rates. Millions of babies were born each year in the 1950s in the United States alone. That’s why the generation is known as “baby boomers.” However, these days, most people think twice about one child.

GOING TO THE DRIVE-IN THEATER

Due to the current global situation, drive-in theaters are making a huge comeback, but hopefully, it won’t last for long. Before regular cinemas, everyone took their vintage car to see movies, especially from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Nowadays, cinemas have fancier accommodations with air conditioning and amazing audio that make the experience way better.

WATCHING COLOR TELEVISION FOR THE FIRST TIME

Nowadays, people have a million ways to find entertainment thanks to streaming. They also own HD televisions that make watching movies an amazing experience. However, in the mid-1950s, color television was just being introduced. It was horrible quality, and many families could not afford it yet. Can you even imagine? We’re glad anyone can buy a decent TV these days.

LOVING THE COOLEST CELEBRITIES

You might have read about certain nostalgia for celebrities from long ago. It seems that James Dean and Paul Newman were the coolest people ever, as well as many stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. However, why are they cooler than current actors and singers? It’s hard to say, but many of them were known for partying a lot and had wild reputations. Contrarily, the most-loved artists these days are those that contribute to charities, social justice, and more upstanding causes.

TANG WAS THE BEST DRINK

Nowadays, it’s not really recommended to drink Tang. With the health and fitness movement, beverages in powder form are just discouraged. The fact is that they have high doses of sugar and fructose. However, in the 60s, NASA made Tang popular because John Glenn was drinking during his flight around the Earth. All the kids wanted more after hearing that revelation. Luckily, that habit is long gone, although Tang is still produced.

WANTING A BARBIE

The most iconic doll was introduced in 1959, but it became huge in the following decade. Every girl wanted their own Barbie. At the time, Barbie did not have many competitors and maybe that’s why it soared. Although the doll is still massively popular these days, not every little girl wants one. There are all kinds of toys to purchase, and parents are conscious of not following typical gender roles. It’s just not ubiquitous anymore, and it’s better that way.

WATCHING AMERICAN BANDSTAND

The nostalgia for this show hosted by Dick Clark is still alive, evidenced by the drama series ‘American Dreams.’ Thanks to ‘American Bandstand,’ people got to see new artists like Stevie Wonder and Cher. They also learned the best new dances. The show ended its run in 1989. Furthermore, thanks to Youtube and other social media, it’s not really needed anymore.

WEARING GO-GO BOOTS

It’s true that fashion trends come and go. Additionally, it looks like the 50s and 60s might be making a comeback, but are people really ready for that? Go-go boots were popularized by Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ in 1966, and everyone wanted to wear them. These days, they are just reserved for Halloween or costume parties because people prefer a simpler style.

USING ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Everyone is probably glad that they don’t have to use them anymore. Nowadays, information is just a click away, and you can access so much knowledge out there thanks to Google that physical encyclopedias are not needed. That’s a habit that will never return, and people are also glad that you no longer get salesmen at your door all the time.

USING A ROTARY PHONE

Can you imagine having to go to the kitchen and dial a rotary phone to call your friends? Well, that’s what almost everyone did several decades ago. Nowadays, we have so many different options with smartphones that it’s impossible to imagine returning to something like that. Rotary phones are just decoration now.  

HAVING MANY TROLL DOLLS

Younger generations might never understand the appeal of Troll Dolls. In essence, they were just ugly dolls. Trolls were invented by a Danish woodworker, and they were meant as good luck tokens, which might explain a bit about their popularity. Additionally, people loved to touch their weird hair. Although you can still buy them, they are not ubiquitous either.

TIE-DYE WAS EVERYTHING

While you might have seen the return of tie-dye this year, it’s highly unlikely that it was last as long as it did in the past. Admittedly, making a tie-dye shirt can be a pretty awesome crafting project, and its psychedelic colors are rather pretty. However, it will never be popularized like in the 60s, with many bands and artists rocking the style.  

USING POODLE SKIRTS

Anyone that loves vintage style also loves poodle skirts. However, outside Halloween or a special event, people won’t wear them. There are different styles these days and so many options out there that a poodle skirt won’t really be the first choice. While it wouldn’t be awful if the trend returned, it’s not that likely.

SADDLE SHOES WERE ALSO A TREND

In the 50s, saddle shoes were typically worn with white socks by teenagers. Originally, the shoes were used by men, but girls added Bobbysocks to give them a feminine air. The trend kept going all through the 60s as well because kids went to school in them. However, no one has used them today for anything other than a special vintage party.

It’s so interesting to see how different things were, and some of these habits certainly bring a sense of nostalgia. Let us know which common custom was the worst. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that love vintage things! See you next time!