My Awesome Teen Life
Life in the 1960s was different from what we are seeing now, but I appreciate that we are progressing, perhaps we continue to evolve. Everything from social life to professional life has changed. But what I can remind you are that the life we are living now began in post war, and that is the 1950s.
As a teen in the 60s, the society expected us to show manners at all time and to groom. None of today’s teen’s grooming can match that of the 60s. Our grooming was evidence through neatly pressed dresses, well-kept hair and complexion. What mattered most was how courteous a teen was towards the parents, teachers and any older person of acquaintance. This may be contrasted with the disobedience of simple rules such as those seen now in social media etiquette. The society expected nothing less than perfection in eating and dressing habits for the teenagers of post war families.
Identity and clothing were important because it revealed inner manners that could not be seen. For example, we were expected to be neat, well-groomed and always courteous to females. Time management also revealed our manners along with our etiquette. One was expected to desist from socially or psychologically demeaning characters. The dress code was officially because it mattered in showing others one’s manners be it at the family level or outdoors.
Behaving well at all times was expected and this was displayed when a man was courteous to the ladies, had well-groomed hair and had good table manners. Our goals were expected to be in line with societal expectations of good behavior, respect and honor. One was expected to have manners at all times.
Entertainment was based on societal expectations and socialization was always preferred and was organized. Entertainment and fashion helped shape our manners. I believe we were somehow lucky because clubs filled with teens began to appear in the 60s. You know our parents came back from war in the early 1950s and by the late 1960s, there were teens all over the community and that is where social entertainment began. I think the today teen should consider giving us respect because we were the pioneers of Friday’s and weekend social entertainment.
Club dancing started in the 60s because America was growing more social than any other year. War veteran children did not have anywhere to go except school and home. There was no internet technology that consumed all the time and therefore there was more quality time to go dancing and quality time socializing and dating was special. Breakups were history in the 60s.
Unlike today in the 2016, a teen is scared of a date because there is a high chance of a break up. I feel pity when all in the celebrity arena is breakups. No teen today has dating etiquette and I can only be sorry for them.
Technology played a bigger role in shaping how we perceived our world. The cinema played even a bigger role because it provided a social place for us that did not exist before. Radio was an indoor activity, whereas sports were outdoor activity in which every one of us was expected to participate. War technologies and training programs were always taught with emphasis on vocational and practical trainings that could boost our morale.
Technology went along the behavioral expectations. In the 60s, we had limited time on TV. We were only allowed to watch TV limited times of the day and most of the time, whether there were people in the house or not, the TV remained closed. Today, the TV is on whether there are people in the house or have gone for a holiday somewhere outside the state.
Politics impacted our behaviors and expectation of as youths. We expected to know about our country’s history, economy and politics. The teen today is expected to either excel in school or know more electronic technology. Our social upbringing determined our general public perception of others.
In the past, the school curriculum was based on war memories and nationalism. We were always reminded that we were more important that other races and we were not supposed to display signs of weakness. As teens, we developed based on propaganda at that time and we were expected to respect our national political ideas.