Is life really better in the 80s/ early 90s in sg?
I saw many old pics of sg during that period but couldn’t tell how life was life was back then as an average singaporean. Most of what I heard were from my parents and older relatives.
Cost of living was lower but so were salaries. Many in the workforce did not even have a diploma. Stuff like vacations and domestic helpers were luxuries. Mcdonalds and KFC meals were special treats.
Taking photos were a big thing and videos were almost non-existent. Even so, most families dont own a camera. Unlike now where you can take hundreds of photos and videos on a single outing.
No netflix and youtube so you had to accept wtv was fed to you on tv.
No internet and mobile phones. School projects meant days and weeks of digging books in the library. No google and online reviews so finding a product or service was based on hearsay and referrals. No whatsapp and video calls so if you had someone who lived overseas, that once a week phone call was the only way of connecting with him. Buying stuff overseas was next to impossible unless you or someone flies there.
But they did say life was simpler, less stressful and everyone was much friendlier despite not having much.
Here are what netizens think:
- I grew up in the 80s and left in the late 80s/early 90s. It might be true that Life was simpler. But it’s like comparing apples and oranges especially with the advent of technology and the internet.
- Property has made many Singaporeans ‘rich’ – it has the best public housing system by far in the world. The desire to climb the economic ladder has always been there but in my humble opinion, social media has made it worse.
- Life was so much better in the 80/90s. families all hung out together on weekends, the living room TV was the only “screen” in the house, we all decided which show to watch as a family, there was only one landline phone per household, everyone used that. Outside, you had payphones. Being late to appointments was not the norm, you honoured the time chosen as u couldn’t just send a sneaky text as you are leaving the house abt being late. We knew which restaurants to go to, it was called “word of mouth”. Back then, society was more cohesive and a lot less individualistic in my opinion.
- I was happy with my meagre salary back in 90s. Everywhere wasn’t crowded. All of us can even afford to party every night. Everything is affordable.
Image source: Ronggy via Wikipedia Commons