Changes in the Last 50 Years
When I was little we used to have to walk 10 miles to school, in the snow, barefoot. Maybe this is a story you have heard in the past, maybe not, but one thing is for sure, times have changed a great deal. The past fifty years have seen numerous changes in everything from security to technology to body art. Read on for a few of the changes that have made their way into our everyday lives over the past fifty years.
Television and Technology
Starting with one that is obvious is television. Fifty years ago televisions were not only just making the switch to color programming, but very few channels were available. If a home had television then it was likely that three channels, using an antenna, were available. During current times computers can bring in hundreds of channels at any moment. Continuing to focus on technology, fifty years ago phones were corded and tethered to the wall. A phone call to someone who wasn’t home meant waiting until they arrived back home, no text messages allowed. In addition, without cell phones, people had to know how to use a phone book, memorize telephone numbers, read a map, and solve math problems in their heads. Now, there is an app for that.
Other changes that are notable are in the fashion realm. Whether you like the style of years passed, women of which have worked their way back into the fashion world, or hate the frumpy items of former housewives fashion is changing. Clothing is becoming more revealing and much less gender-specific. In addition, body art and modification has changed greatly over the years. Tattoos and piercings were once associated with sailors, military men, and those who were in trouble with the law, but current times have allowed for women and men in all professions to share a story on their bodies.
A final rea of great change is in that of security. Fifty years ago, boarding a plane meant handing over a ticket and find your seat. Now security checks, shoe removal, and full-body scans are becoming the norm. At a point not many years ago, a parent could walk into a school without passing through locked doors and metal detectors. Neighbors were trusting and friends were made in passing or while sitting on the front porch sipping lemonade. Times have definitely changed. Have times changed for the better?