What does today’s teen miss out on? I am so excited that they recognized C0lecoVision as a gaming system. That is what I grew up with and no one seems to remember it.
Then vs. Now: How things have changed for the teen from 1982-2012
Those kids today… you may be the parent of a teenager and wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. But do you have it worse than parents of the past? We all know that kids will be kids, but how much do they change over the course of a generation?
The typical teenager in the early 1980s was rocking a Walkman and had just seen E.T. Today’s average kid? He has a cellphone in his pocket, he listens to Rihanna, he’s less likely to finish high school and he’s more likely to practice safe sex.
1982: Olivia Newton-John, Survivor, Joan Jett and the Blachearts
2012: Adele, Rihanna, Katy Perry
1982: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, E.T.
2012: Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2
1982: Coleco Vision, Atari
2012: PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
1982: Pete Rose
2012: LeBron James
1982: $60.30 per week
2012: $130.oo per week
2012: 3 out of every 4 teens has a cellphone
1982: 30% of teens
2012: 20% of teens
1982: Engineering, Biology, Business Management, Physical Sciences, Agriculture and natural resources
2012: Healthcare, Business, Education, Social Sciences, Visual & Performing Arts
1982: 52% of kids 15-17 had their driver’s license
2012: 43% of kids 15-17 had their driver’s license
1982: 77.5% of high school students graduated
2012: 72% of high school students graduate
1982: 79% white, 11.6% black, 6.3% hispanic, 1.3% Asian
2012: 54% white, 21.5% hispanic, 17% black, 5% Asian, 1.2% Native Americans
1982: 58.3% go to college, 35.4% work full time, 6.3% other
2012: 79.2% go to college, 18.7% work full time, 2.1% other
Top Foreign Languages
1982: 18% Spanish, 9.2% French, 2.5% German
2012: 30% Spanish, 8% French, 2.1% German
Sex and Safety
1982: 55% of kids use contraception during their first sexual experience
2012: 81.5% of kids use contraception during their first sexual experience