Dust Off Your 1990s Cameras and Game Consoles. That Old Stuff Is Cool Again.

New technology comes with complicated features, so people are feeling nostalgic about simpler times.

By Alain StephensNovember 2, 2017 2:12 pm| ,

When it comes to the world of technology, the direction is always sleeker, faster, and smaller – right? Actually, that may not always be the case. Recently there’s been a resurgence of retro-tech, and now pieces of hardware from the 1980s and 90s are cool again.

Digital savant Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech says old gadgets are popular now partly because people have a nostalgia for simpler technology. He says that ‘feature creep’ can happen when devices have so many features that they become unusable, which has consumers looking to the past.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

-Why companies are relaunching their retro technologies

-How kids connect with throwback games and cameras

-Why today’s technology is making consumers nostalgic

 

Written by Jen Rice.