Things are very different for teenagers today than they were 50 years ago. The differences from teenagers of the 60’s and present are tremendous. Some of the key differences are related to fashion, technology, school and work. In the 60’s fashion has some similarities but also many differences to the present. Mini Skirts and dresses and baby doll dresses are still popular in the present, as they were in the 1960’s.
Hippie clothing was very popular in the 60’s whereas it isn’t in the present. Smocks are also not so popular in the present, though they were in the 60’s. The 1960s saw the emergence of unisex clothing such as denim jeans, which could be worn by both sexes and is still worn and popular today. As you can see fashion stays similar over time obviously making some small changes, and will probably keep doing the same in the future. Technology has definitely improved from the 60’s regarding mobiles, computers and entertainment. In the 60’s you were lucky to have a landline and mobile phones didn’t exist, whereas now most homes have a landline and most teenagers have a mobile phone.
TV’s were also rare back then, and they didn’t even have colour . Conversely, now TV’s have colour, some even have high definition and most homes have them. TV and telephones are just small examples of how technology has changed in the last 50 years. School life was very different from the 60’s to now, 50 years later. In the 60’s corporal punishment, for example the cane, was still used in schools whereas now its not. It was normal for teenagers to drop out of school before finishing year 12 but now most teens are expected to finish school.
There was no such thing as traineeships, apprenticeships or work experience on the other hand now it is part of some schools curriculum for students to complete work experience, and many teenagers get apprenticeships or traineeships. In the 60’s girls had to wear skirts whereas now in most schools they have the option of wearing shorts. School life has changed in many ways during the last 50 years. In the 1960’s there wasn’t really a variety of work whereas now there is a massive variety.
In the 1960’s women didn’t really get work, or if they did they had to do “women’s jobs” such us teaching, conversely women of today can work as anything a male can. In the 60’s it was known that the men were the money makers and the women did the housework, now either or both work and clean the house. As you can see there are many differences today about the jobs of people in the 60’s to people of now. As you can see there are many differences between the life style of teenagers in the 1960’s to now in 2011. A clear example is technology and how it has advanced in the last 50 years. Life in the 60’s would’ve been extremely different to now.