The Differences and Similarities of Adolescence Through the Years

By hform
  • Weekend Activities

    Weekend Activities
    Going up North to go fishing with the family was one activity a teen would do on the weekends. Homework was always something to catch up on. Hanging out with the neighborhood friends and going for walks were some other activities. Teens would go to church on Sunday mornings with their families.
  • Music

    Music
    Classical, waltz, polka are some of the genres that were popular during this time. Usually these are songs that are easy to dance to. Among some famous artists are Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Perry Como.
  • Technology

    Technology
    Cameras were popular as technology advanced. These cameras were far from digital, because they required film!
  • Chores

    Chores
    Helping around the house, doing the dishes, laundry, making the beds. Schools would let children out for "Potato Vacation" so they could help their parents or relatives on their farms.
  • Television Shows

    Television Shows
    On a black and white television "I Love Lucy" was one of the popular shows. News programs were also aired on the TV.
  • Popular Products

    Popular Products
    Lipstick and perfume were among the popular products in the 50s. Also, teens used to have bicycles to ride on, and was the "cool" thing to have back in the day.
  • Popular Things to Eat

    Popular Things to Eat
    Ice cream parlors seemed to be a common place for teenagers to go in the 50s. Places like "Schoeps" in Southern Wisconsin as well as "Fisher's Dairy" in Stevens Point were popular places to go and get a malt!
  • Rebellion

    Rebellion
    Beer bars were the main place to go on dates when the drinking age was 18. Even though it was popular, it wasn't always the best place to go.
  • Clothing Style

    Clothing Style
    Dressingup was a must when going to Church, Girls must wear skirts to church. Jeans were only worn around the house. You also had to dress up for school, with plaid skirts and matching shirts to go with them.
  • Technology

    Technology
    Colored TV was becoming a newer product, owning a cassette tape player was a cool thing for teens to have. Having a radio in your room was just too cool!
  • Rebellion

    Rebellion
    Rebellious behavior included drinking underage, smoking marijuana, and doing drugs.
  • Clothing Style

    Patterned shirts, bell-bottom pants, shirts with a zipper and a hood were of fashion for teens during this time. It might look funny now, but back then it was awesome!
  • Music

    Music
    Ballad Rock was a popular genre. Barry Manilow was a famous artist!
  • Chores

    Chores
    Cleaning up after the family pet, baking bread every Saturday, vacuuming, cleaning, and dusting the house were among adolescent's chores in the 70s.
  • Weekend Activities

    Weekend Activities
    Sleepovers, Board-Game nights, going to movies, going bowling were fun activities for teenagers to do on the weekends.
  • Television Shows

    Television Shows
    Saturday Night Live, and The Carol Burnett Show were enteraining shows to watch on the color television.
  • Television Shows

    Television Shows
    The Cosby Show, Cheers, Dallas, and TV's miniseries, such as "The Blue and the Grey" and "The North and the South".
  • Technology

    Technology
    Apple LLE was popular, as well as IBM computers. These things look huge compared to what we have today. Also, tape recorded music instead of records was newer, and microwave ovens!
  • Clothing Style

    Clothing Style
    Teased hair, a lot of make-up, baggy pants and shirts, leg warmers, leggings, sweatbands.
  • Rebellion

    Rebellion
    Rebellious behavior at this time was staying our past curfew, drinking at parties, and arguing with parents.
  • Chores

    Chores
    Babysitting siblings, cleaning rooms, cleaning the kitchebm taking care of the family pet, raking leaves and shoveling snow.
  • Music

    Music
    Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Sheena Easton, Journey, Meatloaf were some of the artists that were popular in the 80s. Rock n Roll was a popular genre and Heavy Metal was too.
  • "Cool" Thing to Have

    "Cool" Thing to Have
    Audio Casette player with headphones! Wow, we have come a long way since then!
  • Weekend Activities

    Weekend Activities
    Going to sporting events, and going to the school dances!
  • Popular Products

    Popular Products
    Jello, Coke and Pepsi, Hershey's, Tide, etc. These were popular every day products, and most of them we still have around to this day!
  • Clothing Style

    Clothing Style
    Stone-washed jeans, flannel shirts, and overalls were popular in the 90s!
  • Chores

    Chores
    Helping with the dishes was a chore!
  • "Cool" Things to Have

    "Cool" Things to Have
    It was "cool" to own your own car in the 90s! Imagine being at high school and owning a car and being "cool"! Now a days, it is common to have a car.
  • Television Shows

    Television Shows
    Friends, 7th Heaven were among the entertaining telvision shows in the 90s.
  • Popular Products

    Popular Products
    Email was just starting out. It was rare for anyone to have a personal cell phone.
  • Music

    Music
    Mariah Carey, Alanis Morrisette, Jewel, The Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, and No Doubt were popular artists back in the 90s.
  • Rebellion

    Rebellion
    Rebellious behavior consisted of lying to your parents and sneaking out of the house without permission.
  • Chores

    Chores
    Cleaning your room and doing the dishes are popular chores to do around the house. Not much has changed since then!
  • Music

    Music
    Alternative rock and pop rock were popular genres of music to listen to during this time period. This was also the time during the start of "gangster rap". Some of the teenager's favorites were Third Eye Blind, Nelly, Jay-Z, and the Black Eyed Peas were just starting to become popular.
  • Rebellion

    Rebellion
    Staying out too late without telling the parents was something that was rebellious during the start of the milennium.
  • Clothing Style

    Clothing Style
    Men would usually wear "preppy" clothes, like polo shirts and sweaters. Girls would normally wear sweaters, Halter tops also seemed to be popular.
  • Weekend Activities

    Weekend Activities
    Teenagers in the early 2000s would hang out with friends, go out to eat, or go to a movie.
  • Popular Products

    Popular  Products
    Apple products, such as the iPod were just starting to get popular, as well as any other kind of music player, such as Mp3. CD burning was "cool", and cell phones were just starting to get popular.
  • Chores

    Chores
    The most common chores to do around the house are making beds, cleaning their room, doing laundry, and doing the dishes.
  • Favorite Restaurants/Things to Eat

    Favorite Restaurants/Things to Eat
    Adolescents in the present time would all agree that pizza is one of the most popular things to eat. Whether at a party or hanging out with friends, pizza is the most common thing to munch on! Popular restaurants include Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Taco Bell.
  • Rebellion

    Rebellion
    Rebellion in today's adolescent's eyes is doing things without the parents knowing or approving, doing drugs or alcohol, skipping class, breaking the rules at home or at school.
  • Clothing Style

    Clothing Style
    Clothing and fashion always seems to be a constant change, especially among young adolescents. Teenagers these days said that skinny jeans, crop tops, ear cuffs, converse, and comfortable-fitting clothing are popular in today's society.
  • Adolescent Activities

    Adolescent Activities
    Adolescents these days are involved in a variety of different activities. Some of which are sports, music, dance, horse back riding, NHS, and school clubs.
  • Weekend Activities

    Weekend Activities
    Adolescents like to go to movies on the weekend. Sometimes they will go to a friend's house to "hang out" or have a movie night. Teens will usually go to sporting events and hang out with their friends.
  • Popular Products

    Popular Products
    We live in a high-technology age that is advancing more and more every year. Popular products these days are iPods, smart phones, laptops, and tablets.
  • Television Shows

    Television Shows
    Gossip Girl, Glee, Awkward, Ridiculousness, The Walking Dead, are some shows that are popular today for teenagers to watch.
  • Jobs

    Jobs
    Most of the teenagers I interviewed have a job at a local restaurant, or have a summer job. Having a job was their choice, or was at least expected of them by their parents.
  • Favorite Music

    Favorite Music
    Pop and Rap music seemed to be the most popular answer for when I was interviewing my peers. Pitbull, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, One Direction and Justin Beiber were some of the famous artists that were mentioned. The following link is a mash-up of pop songs that today's adolescents listen to.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If5MF4wm1T8