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And now I'm turning things over to Tara Tyler, an 80's girl like me, who is visiting as part of her Cradle Rock release tour. Welcome, Tara!
Teenagers, the 80s to Now!
That sounds like an adult hits radio station… I’m very proud to be a child of the eighties. They were such a bright, positive change from the harsh, psychedelic seventies. We had big bold hair, big bold colors, big bold music, and big bold dreams!
Here are a couple pictures from my teenage years in the 80s…
I can’t believe it’s been thirty years since I graduated from high school! The last twenty went the fastest and I blame my kids. All three boys in their teens - yes, I would like to tear my hair out some days...
Teens today are overloaded with technology, overloaded with activities, and overloaded with stress. With more information comes more responsibility, unfortunately, no one is holding anyone else accountable! I also think they should have time to be kids, too. Here’s my comparison: Teenagers - the 80s vs Now
The whole wide world!
Pay phones with cords
Cell phones and wireless
Bullies - physically and verbally abusive, seen, heard, known by all
Cyberbullies - mentally abusive, anonymous trolls who hide and lurk on the internet
Jeans - tight w/o stretch, tight-rolled, acid washed, name brands, high-waisted
Big belts, leg-warmers, fluorescents, off-the-shoulder, headbands, chunky jewelry, mini skirts
Big hair for all
Casual - jeans, sweatpants, spandex in everything, leggings (ugh)
Piercings and tattoos
Colorful gym shoes, name brands
Long hair, braids, colorful/dyed, top knots
Pop, punk, hard rock, rock ballads, funk, insinuated
Pop, retro!, alternative, songs with a message, rap, blatant, crossover
Movies & Books & more...
The Outsiders, Pretty in Pink, Back to the Future, War Games, The Breakfast Club
Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter, Netflix, Youtube!
Passing notes, talking on the telephone with a cord attached and a time limit
Texting, snapchat, facetime, etc... limitless!
TIMELESS UNIVERSAL SIMILARITIES
Dealing with Relationships - friends, parents, figures of authority, young love
Growing up - taking on responsibilities, managing time, setting goals
Getting a job, driving, chores, homework
Figuring out what you want out of life
My take on Today’s Teens - Innocence seems lost more quickly these days, but maybe it’s because there’s less shame and more openness which can be good and bad… The internet has brought instant information, instant feedback, instant gratification, but also anonymous antagonism, and TMI self-expression.
Eventually, the cycle begins again with the next generation of teens coming up with new ways to revolt and test their parents’ and societies’ "prudish" ways… I wonder how they’ll turn out! They have to be better than the millenials, right? Ha!
What do you think? Did you love the 80s? What’s wrong/right with today’s teens? Are you ready for the next wave?
Thanks for having me, Julie. Love coming over, and hope to see you more often!
Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently she has two series, Pop Travel (techno-thriller detective capers) and Broken Branch Falls (fantasy adventures). To squeeze in writing, she economizes her time aka the Lazy Housewife. Make every day an adventure!
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