Is Nostalgia Baiting Being Used As A Coping Mechanism?

Is nostalgia baiting being used as a coping mechanism? I went to see the 1987 Transformer Animated movie in theaters and I cannot tell you what a rush it was! Being able to experience that movie in a way I was never able to before had me on a natural high. When I got I took a moment to look around my room at all the memorabilia from my childhood. Seeing them has always made me feel good but why was that? Was there a deeper reason why I collected so many things from my youth? Could I part with them if I had to?

Nostalgia as a Coping Mechanism?

I didn’t need a giant statue of Astro Boy but then again I felt that I did. It’s clear that companies see dollar signs when it comes to nostalgia baiting and they are targeting a specific demographic. It seems to have become much more intense in the past decade. Are we using the nostalgia of our childhood as a coping mechanism and are they making money off our struggle to deal with the pressures of adulthood?

When I think about what it was like to be a kid, I tend to see it through rose-tinted glasses. As I’ve grown older, life becomes more complicated, and I’ve learned some tough life lessons. That being said I find myself wanting to slip back into a time where things just seemed a lot less stressful. We can’t go back to our childhood, but we can create a placebo effect by collecting and re-experiencing things that made us happy in our past through different mediums.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Do you remember watching your favorite cartoons as a kid every Saturday morning? It was one of the highlights of my weekend. I’d sit right in front of the TV  with a bowl of my favorite sugar-coated cereal. I’d stay and watch the entire 2 to 3-hour block cartoons. That span of time was made especially for us. In the 90s, Nickelodeon became the number one cable channel and companies like Toys-R-Us hit their peak. There was a huge focus on the idea of letting kids be kids.

It was a great time to be a kid and as adults, we seem to be holding on to it. We spend our time and money on anything that can give us a similar feeling. Maybe we are using it as a coping mechanism. Perhaps we are the Peter Pan generation. We’re a lot like the Lost Boys, except while they looked for a mother to make them happy, we’re looking for happiness in the memories of our youth.

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up!

Toys-R-Us

 I honestly believe there’s a bit of truth in it. We were given a life plan at a very early age and we were told that if we followed this plan, then success would surely follow. Unfortunately, that’s not how it ended up for a lot of us. Life It’s unpredictable and can be very unforgiving. Nostalgia can give us a much-needed break from that harsh reality. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with enjoying something that has always brought a smile to your face and made you forget about your troubles for a bit. It can be therapeutic and personally, I’ll always be a Toys-R-Us kid.

Thank you so much for checking out my article! If you’d like to keep up with my shenanigans you can find me on Twitter, The Burn Out Brighter Podcast, and The Pudin and Flan Comic.

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