Why we’re nostalgic for retro technology

Editor’s Note: The past year was filled with uncertainty over politics, the economy and the ongoing pandemic. In the face of big changes, people found themselves longing for a different time. CNN’s series “The Past Is Now” examines how nostalgia manifested in our culture in 2022 — for better or for worse.


In 2022, we’re more plugged in than ever.

Cars are fitted with 7-inch infotainment systems, so we can talk, navigate and DJ all at once. Refrigerators have WiFi capability – because why not? Virtual reality is somehow a thing. Even our watches are more than just