Then Versus Now: How Much Have Kids Changed in a Generation [Infographic]

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How Much Have Kids Changed in a Generation

Adults are always saying how things were much simpler back when they were a kid, but how much of that is really true? While much has changed over the past decade, not all of it was for the worse like adults seem to think.

For example, in the year 1982, teenagers working 18 hour after-school jobs would only make $60 compared to the $130 teens today make. Drug use was also much higher, with an estimated 30% of teens smoking marijuana on a regular basis, compared to only 20% now. Cigarette use was also done by 30% of teenagers, compared to only 18% in the year 2012.

More teenagers went to college in the 80s, yet the overall SAT scores has risen from 997 points then to 1,011 points now. Teens also seem to be getting much smarter about their sexual health as well, with 81% using contraception now, compared to only 55% in the 80s.

How Much Have Kids Changed in a Generation

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