Nostalgia

Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990 

Samantha Dillinger
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List Rules Partners with boyfriends born before 1990 only: vote up the most spot-on quirks about your boyfriend.

Despite attempts to lump all millennials into a tidy group born from 1981 to 1996, there is a distinction among them. Those born before 1990 - the "old millennials" - are almost considered their own generation, with '90s guys exhibiting especially unique quirks. The much-maligned "new millennials" are the ones wiping out everything from traditional dating to mayonnaise while celebrating over avocado toast. However, older millennials still have at least one foot dipped in the world before social media, smartphones, and straws as harbingers of a decimated environment. 

If your boyfriend was born before 1990, you might notice some generational differences. While you're probably both savvy enough to ignore bad baby boomer advice, he's likely way more devoted to The Goonies than you and his texts tend to have perfect punctuation. And WHY does he need an old-school alarm clock anyway? What's wrong with his smartphone?

Partners with boyfriends born before 1990 only: Vote up all the endearing quirks that make your beau a member of the old millennial (or even older) generation.

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He remembers dial-up int... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He remembers dial-up internet.
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He misses Saturday morni... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He misses Saturday morning cartoons.
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He uses correct punctuat... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He uses correct punctuation in his texts.
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He thinks Michael Jordan... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He thinks Michael Jordan is the best basketball player. Ever.
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He played 'Oregon Trail'... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He played 'Oregon Trail' in school.
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He unironically loves 'A... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He unironically loves 'Austin Powers.'
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He learned science from ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He learned science from Bill Nye.
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He still owns VHS tapes ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He still owns VHS tapes (but not a VCR).
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He doesn't understand Sn... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He doesn't understand Snapchat.
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He knows Hulk Hogan's en... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He knows Hulk Hogan's entrance music by heart (even if he doesn't watch pro wrestling).
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He knows his family memb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He knows his family members' phone numbers by heart. 
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He still has a black bin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He still has a black binder full of CDs in his car.
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He thinks it's funny to ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He thinks it's funny to say 'Inconceivable!' when asked to do simple tasks.
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He'd welcome the return ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He'd welcome the return of the Motorola RAZR. 
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He has strong feelings a... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He has strong feelings about the band Weezer.
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He has an iPod. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He has an iPod.
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He thinks Tinder is fuel... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He thinks Tinder is fuel.
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He speaks of Winnie Coop... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He speaks of Winnie Cooper in hushed, wistful tones.
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His after-school routine... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
His after-school routine included 'TRL' with Carson Daly.
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He uses an old-school al... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He uses an old-school alarm clock.
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He has a 'Goonies' T-shi... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He has a 'Goonies' T-shirt, which he loves.
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To him, Netflix will alw... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
To him, Netflix will always be about the red envelopes. 
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To him, blogging means '... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
To him, blogging means 'LiveJournal.'
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He makes you song mixes ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He makes you song mixes on actual cassette tapes.
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He can't let go of his J... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Signs Your Boyfriend Was Born Before 1990
He can't let go of his Jordan Catalano jacket.