I was born in 1989. Even the 90's were better, and not because I was a child, but because there was a sense of encouragement back then.
People were excited for the future. We believed that there would be wonderful things in the year 2000 like immediate space travel, medicine, and all kinds of gadgets. In fact, sciences were encouraged upon the youth and even marketed to look cool. Everyone, from male to female, young and old, thought science was cool. Animals, geology, astronomy, NASA, all that stuff interested lots of people. From cave formations and crystals, to bird flight patterns, to satellites launched into space.
People also had a positive outlook on life with this mentality. When someone lived to 100, that was considered amazing. When someone put on a suit and tie, we saw success. We didn't care about trivial shit like Instagram selfies, trying to be the next Justin Beiber, etc. In fact, success wasn't measured by social status, but comfort. A hammock lifestyle so to speak. If you had a comfy chair, a giant TV, and had it all conveniently local and mobile, and just looked comfy, you were considered successful.