You were the ultimate '80s family if you owned 18/28 of these electronic gadgets

See how much totally '80s stuff you had!


The Eighties were an age of rapid technological advancement. It was also an era of consumerism. Think of all the stuff that was introduced that decade, from video game systems to cordless telephones. Every aspect of our life — entertainment, work, school, dining, whatever — was touched with some form of new technology.

When we think of the following things, we think of the 1980s. Owning all these electronic gadgets did you not make you better, but it certainly made you more Eighties!

Check the following items off the list if they could be found in your home. If you have 18 or more, you were a totally '80s household!

  1. Did you own a VCR in the 1980s?
  2. How about a camcorder? Did you have one of those in the 1980s?
  3. Did you have a device that did nothing but REWIND VHS tapes? (Give yourself a bonus point if it was shaped like a sports car!)
  4. Did you have an answering machine in the 1980s?
  5. Did you have a cordless phone with a retractable metal antenna in the 1980s?
  6. Did you have a novelty telephone shaped like a hamburger or ketchup bottle or Mickey Mouse in the 1980s?
  7. Did you have a tiny pocket television in the 1980s?
  8. Did you have a pager, a beeper or one of those giant mobile telephones in the 1980s?
  9. Did you have a Nintendo Entertainment System or Atari 2600 in the 1980s?
  10. Bonus point if you owned a Coleco Vision or Intellivision in the 1980s!
  11. Did you own a digital watch that also doubled as a video game, calculator, radio, or something else?
  12. Did you own an alarm clock with faux wood paneling and red LCD digits?
  13. Did you own a radio that did nothing but tell you the weather in the 1980s?
  14. Was there a crimper in your house in the 1980s?
  15. Did you own a microwave in the 1980s? (Give yourself a bonus point if it had a dial or knob.)
  16. Did your house have an electric trash compactor in the 1980s?
  17. Did you have a plug-in air popper to make popcorn in the 1980s?
  18. Did you have a primitive home computer in the 1980s?
  19. Did you own a dot matrix printer in the 1980s?
  20. Did you own a universal remote in the 1980s?
  21. Did you own a Walkman or any kind of portable cassette player in the 1980s?
  22. Did you own a boombox in the 1980s?
  23. Did you own a keyboard in the 1980s?
  24. Clap on! Clap off! Did you The Clapper in the 1980s?
  25. Did anyone in your family have a Power Wheels in the 1980s?
  26. Was there a Speak & Spell in your home in the 1980s?
  27. Did you have radio-controlled toys in the 1980s?
  28. Did you have a Simon game in the 1980s?

You were the ultimate '80s family if you owned 18/28 of these electronic gadgets

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Amalthea 3 months ago
One Christmas in the '80s I told my husband that I wanted a Casio keyboard. Christmas morning he looked at me solemnly & told me that it was such a huge seller that he couldn't get me a Casio. I unwrapped my present from him...and it was a Yamaha keyboard!!! I also loved our first answering machine. It worked with microcassettes & had a built-in message (that you couldn't change) and I can still hear it: "Hello. The person you called is unavailable now. Please leave your message at the tone. *BEEP*" The funny thing is that a lot of people thought that it sounded like my husband anyway! Yeah, microcassette recorders should also be listed here.
ruswilinc 26 months ago
Funny how me telling you I DIDN'T have an item displays as a wrong answer.
Greyrock 26 months ago
For the record, number 12 is LED digits, not LCD as stated.
idkwut2use 53 months ago
23. I was only born in '87, but we/I had that many in the 90s. Still have over a dozen. (The novelty phone is Garfield and we used to have a dancing Elvis one that sang Hound Dog. I want a pink Poodle one, omg..!)
BrianMoore 56 months ago
Well, it says I'm pretty 80s. Then again, my family wasn't rich, so a lot of these things we couldn't afford.
ELEANOR 56 months ago
You know that alarm clock with faux wood paneling and red LCD digits? We have one -- that probably dates from the 70's. And you guessed it, it's on its last legs. The radio part is doing a Rice Krispies thing, you know a lot of snap, crackle, and pop. After many years of service, it will finally be unplugged and sent off to the dump.
Corey ELEANOR 56 months ago
The 70's most common digital clock was not digital but had rotating numbers on plastic.
anthony 56 months ago
Not many people had Camcorders the 80's.If they did it was probably late 80's.I bought my first one around 1993 and I paid like $900 for it.I did rent one in 1989 on a Disney World vacation.It was like $25 a day,and yeah it was like the one pictured.You had to put it on your shoulder to hold it with one hand.
Runeshaper 56 months ago
You had 16 out of 18
Honestly, even if you just had one of these things, you were pretty '80s.
Barry22 56 months ago
10/18, some of these were toys, and I didn't have kids yet. I will tell you one thing I had, and I bought it in 1987 from K-Mart. A Toshiba CD player. Thought I was so cool.
DaveBunzel 56 months ago
Your daily dose of MeTV idiocy: 12 of 18, but there were 28 questions, and 28 listed in the title. These people can't even count!
Misha 56 months ago
Why are all of these questions written in the past tense? If you owned something in the 1980s, wouldn't you still own it?
RobCertSDSCascap Misha 55 months ago
Not if it's broken or obsolete.
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