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"Seventeen's" 1999 Guide To Figuring Out If You're Emo

Did you use the pickup line, "Blog here often"? If so, I'm very sorry for you.

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Try, if you will, to think back to the year 1999. Do you remember how you were grappling with an incredibly important question? The one that would become central to your identity: "AM I EMO?"

Remember also, how Seventeen magazine offered an answer, and you were like "Oh thank goddddddddd." Weezer played as the clouds parted, and you briefly saw the sun through your side-swept greasy bangs.

Everything you needed to become emo in 1999:

1. Black hair dye

2. Backpack

3. Striped shirt

4. Discman

5. Studded belt and bracelets

6. Dark denim jeans

7. Clunky shoes

8. Fun socks

9. Geeky glasses

10. Vintage t-shirts

11. Too-small sweaters

12. Key chain

13. Deep reads

14. Sneakers


Emos apparently had their own dating codes:

(1) Do you blog here often?

(2) Wanna trade mix tapes?

(3) Your hair is everywhere. Mind if I brush it out of your face?

(4) I really loved your set tonight.

(5) Is that a Promise Ring 12-inch in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?