Just this morning, I was wondering where all the hackey sacks went to? Maybe that was more 70's...
Or are they still around and just everybody that I know is simply too old for it...
Anyway, I was in college for the entire decade, mostly locked in windowless laboratories, so I didn't really experience what was going on in the outside world.
OK, That's too glib. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as usual.
MTV started up and actually played music all day. Many popular musicians actually knew how to play music. Some even wrote their own stuff. New Wave rolled in and people who should know better, plus Muhdonna started speaking in fake british accents.
Schools stopped teaching math with slide rules. Personal computers appeared and people actually started finding uses for them. However, we still wrote letters to each other and mailed them through the post office. Few people on campus had a telephone. You could call over to a dorm and hope that someone would pick up the hallway phone, then run and find the person you wanted to talk to.
There was the rise of the Reaganots. The CIA kept a dozen nasty little wars going to prevent democracy in latin america and elsewhere. They started up the draft again. The first of my friends died of AIDS right out of high-school (blood transfusion.) I called him up when I got back for summer break and was told "Oh, he got sick and died."
People got randomly arrested for possession of pornography. The federal government got into the business of prosecuting bands that were randomly labeled "obscene." Factories were closing down. Nobody back home seemed to have a job.
Just the usual sort of stuff, really.