By Nicole Wait
It’s time to take dip back into the days of the moonwalk, the launch of MTV, and a booming economy. Yes — it’s the ‘80s! The ‘80s generated some pretty important advancements, so let’s take a look at what made this decade so memorable.
A recent survey revealed that three-quarters of Americans think the U.S. was better in the ‘80s, USA Today reported. The survey included people who were not even alive during the decade.
Kelton Research conducted the survey of 1,000 adults for National Geographic Channel and found that people believe the technological developments of the 1980s were the biggest factors in shaping our world today. Technologies that came about in the 1980s include the computer, the cellphone, the microwave, the VCR, and the Walkman — most of which are still necessities in today’s world.
Respondents also had a more positive view of the political landscape of the 1980s compared to now. The 80s were a time of low taxes, low unemployment, and deregulation. Nearly 60 percent of respondents said they’d vote for Ronald Reagan if he ran for president against Barack Obama, according to the survey. Significant moments of the decade include the explosion of the Challenger spacecraft, the identification of AIDS, and the survey revealed the most significant moment was the fall of the Berlin Wall. Respondents view the film Back to the Future as the “defining” film of the decade and Michael Jackson as the most influential musician.
Aside from the fanny packs, big hair, and leg warmers, the 1980s produced some great advancements that we can all be thankful for today.