It’s difficult to believe that 24 years have passed since Jennifer Aniston donned a wedding dress and walked into Central Perk as Rachel Green from Friends. Viewers around the world have been captivated ever since.
For those in their teens and twenties back then, shows like Friends offered a form of escapism from the many challenges they faced, such as living with their parents or starting out on their careers. After being recently added to Netflix in January, Friends is taking this generation back to their younger years when they were care-free. In a society where anxiety and stress seem to be on the rise, escaping to happier times is a welcome release and gives a feel-good factor when watching.
Today’s younger generation are more content with the concept of staying in, just like the characters of Friends. They would rather nest and enjoy the company of their friends playing board games. Marketing Director at Ryman Stationery Dean Morris stated, “There is a desire from all generations to move away from screens and unplug. Ryman has seen a massive rise in the sale of board games, +84% year on year, suggesting that there is a significant move back to the traditional games. Millennials and parents are fully embracing the resurgence.”
The creation of games like the Friends Edition Trivial Pursuit (£9.99) symbolise just how significant shows like Friends are still to the millennial generation and their parents. With the Friends Edition Trivial Pursuit families can test their trivia all the way from Season 1 to Season 10. With 600 questions at their fingertips they can find out if they can remember the names of all Ross’s wives and which character Courtney Cox played.
Friends ultimately suggests that no matter what is happening in your life, if your career is going well or if your relationship is falling apart, it’s all about the people that remain with you. The people you call friends. As said by Monica, “Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re going to love it.”
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About Ryman Stationery
Henry Ryman opened the doors of his first shop on Great Portland Street, London in October 1893. 125 years on, Ryman Stationery continues to provide essential stationery items and unrivalled product knowledge, range and service to its customers. In 1995, successful businessman and star of BBC TV’s Dragons Den, Theo Paphitis, bought the company.
Theo Paphitis is one of the UK’s most high-profile businessmen with an empire spanning retail, property and finance. Theo, through his staff at the Theo Paphitis Retail Group (TPRG), has continued the Ryman tradition of excellent customer service.
Ryman offers an extensive range of school, university, office and home products which includes stationery, office supplies, technology and office furniture.
With 209 stores throughout England and Scotland and operating online, Ryman also has business accounts and special discounts for students.
The most western store is in Penzance, the most eastern store in Lowestoft, the most northern store in St Andrews and the store furthest south is in Brighton. The company’s head office is in Crewe, Cheshire.
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