90s Hobbies That Lost Popularity

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The 90s witnessed the rise – and resurgence – of many hobbies that have since faded into obscurity. While some of these past times were truly unique and exciting, others were nothing more than fads that quickly fizzled out. Here are a dozen 90s hobbies that are no longer popular.

POGs

POGs, also known as milk caps, were a craze in the early 90s. The game involved stacking small cardboard disks with colorful designs and then slamming them with a heavier disk to see which ones would flip over. Although the game was fun, it soon lost its appeal, and people moved on to other things.

Tamagotchi

Requiring constant attention and care, Tamagotchi was the top brand of virtual pet. It was a handheld device that allowed users to feed, play with and clean up after their pets. Although Tamagotchi was hugely popular in the 90s, it quickly became a thing of the past as smartphones and other gadgets took over.

Yo-yos

These had already been a popular pastime, and they came back big in the 90s with players performing tricks and stunts, including walk the dog, rock the baby, and around the world. 

Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies were collectible stuffed animals that were hugely popular in the 90s, even being considered by some to be a valuable investment. Each Beanie Baby had a unique name and design, and there was much speculation about which would be the rarest. Still for sale, the interest in these finally busted and values fell to expected levels. 

Rollerblading

Now slowly making a comeback, rollerblading was once a popular activity that involved strapping on a pair of rollerblades and cruising around the neighborhood or park. A great source of exercise, it never really developed the cult following that roller skating has, but it’s still undertaken by those looking for a good workout. 

Hacky Sack

A small, bean-filled bag that was kicked around in a circle by a group of people, it may not sound like much, but this was a popular game among teenagers in the 90s. Different sizes, materials, and colors made the items collectibles and helped kids kill countless hours before and after school. 

While some of these hobbies have lost their popularity, they still hold a special place in the memories of those who grew up in the 90s. “What goes around, comes around.” We never know which hobby might make a comeback in the future. So, who knows, perhaps one day we’ll see a resurgence of Tamagotchis or POGs, and the 90s will once again become a source of nostalgia for a new generation.

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