Why Every Generation is Nostalgic for the Past

Hey, you kids…get off my lawn!

Jyssica Schwartz
5 min readJun 19, 2024
Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay

What is your favorite type of music? Favorite band? What about your favorite cartoon or brand of cereal?

Chances are, the answers to those questions go back to your childhood, teenage, or college years.

With the early 2000s fashions coming back around the the cyclical trends once again, I wanted to talk about nostalgia.

What it is, why we feel it, and how it connects to the idea that every generation thinks their music/movies/music is the best.

What is nostalgia?

Every year I come closer to the stereotypical old person telling the youths to get off my metaphorical lawn.

Teenagers look simultaneously older and younger than they did when I was one.

TV and movies and music all feel less original and raw than when I was young.

The world and politics feel worse off than before.

All my favorite music is held over from high school, college, and my early 20s. I listened to the radio and bought CDs and burned mix CDs a ton in those days.

I never listen to the radio now. In fact, I’m really only exposed to new music through social media, and if it’s through…



Jyssica Schwartz

Manging editor. entrepreneur, writer, editor, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com