How Much Have Kids Changed Between 1982-2012?

    March 16, 2012
    Heather Campobello
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The following infographic covers the differences in music, movies, video games, and sports stars that have influenced the generations.

According to this source, kids today are less likely to use marijuana and cigarettes and more likely to practice safe sex, however, they are less likely to finish high school. Decreased graduation risks might be correlated with the devaluation of college degrees, the shift towards working in business and arts fields that do not always require a high school diploma, and other socio-economic factors.

From: BestEducationDegrees.com

While modern teens are less likely to graduate from high school, they are more likely to believe that they will attend college in the future (58.3% in 1980 vs. 79.2% in 2004).

There is also less excitement or proactive behavior towards obtaining a driver’s license; only 43% of 15-17 year olds had their driver’s license in 2004 as compared to 52% in 1982. Is this because parents can no longer afford to buy their teenagers a car or is it something else?

But does this infographic really tell us anything important about their real differences? Do you think that this infographic is a little too superficial?

Another thing to consider is that this visual has outdated information. Career fields are changing swiftly and I doubt that this graphic truly captures modern tenns’ career aspirations.

What do you take from this visual information?

  • corirenee

    I don’t think this info graph is too superficial. The article seems to lean towards the 1980’s generation as being better than the 2012 teen. When looking at the stats (no matter how out of date they maybe) it seems that our current generation is better. We’re smarter, more motivated to move onto a higher education, have safe sex, keep up with changing technology, smoke less weed (which is don’t think is true at all). For this infograph to be more accurate I suggest updating your info and remove the bias.

    • http://www.fatedev.com FaTe

      corirenee > “smoke less weed (which is don’t think is true at all)”

      haha nor do I think it is true, but where you smoking a joint while typing that?

  • http://www.reynoldspest.com Brian Reynolds

    This is an interesting infographic. What really strikes me is that even though the graduation rate has gone down. The percentage of students getting ready for college has increased tremendously. I wonder if they are getting an equivalency diploma instead and opting to bypass high school?

  • Jaiguru

    This generation being more likely to attend college is nice. Unfortunately, it’s completely outclassed by the fact that, at least according to the posted course of studies, the fields they wish to be professionals in are more or less useless (with the notable exception of health care fields). In the 80’s, people were raised to identify useful fields and strive for scientifically rigorous viewpoints that were maths heavy and, ultimately, contributed to society.

    It says a lot about this current generation that one of the most chosen profession is performing arts and social sciences. As though this world needs more dancers and psychologists.

  • mjp

    the SAT scores are skewed. In 1996 the test was modified which added 100 points to the average score – because since the 70’s test scores had been dropping. So in reality the 2004 teen average score is 911 and lower than the 1980’s teen…there’s a dumbing down as US education seeks to prep for standardized tests instead of educate…also look at the fields of college study.

  • Carol Huston

    What ever happened to OLLIE OLLIE OXEN FREE, building a raft to go out on the pond, cruising, sock hops, sleep overs. More kids are dropping out of school, some drop out and get their GED’s and then go on to college etc.