Daily Lives of Teenagers today and 100 years ago
Globalization is a commonly used term in the current societal set-up. The world is becoming smaller. This explains why various developments have been of great impact to the society. These developments entail the changes in the social, political and technological field. These changes have made it difficult to relate the activities of teenagers today and a hundred years ago. The changes have been significant in the way teenagers behave socially. The youths of today tend to socially behave differently as compared to their colleagues a century ago. How they make use of their free time is also put into great consideration.
The Daily Life of Teenagers today and 100 years ago
Technological advancement has played a major role in the lives of teenagers today. The introduction of devices such as mobile phones (smart phones), tablets and television sets has helped in knowledge advancement as these devices can be used to acquire information through internet. Education of today has revolved in that technology has aided in teaching and learning. This has replaced the role that parents and teachers used to play in the provision of education to their children. Not only do teenagers of today use technology for education purposes but also for communication. June, (2011) explains that the current tools of teenage communication are features of social network sites (SNS) such as Facebook. It is evident that the mainly targeted audience for social media is teenagers.
With increasing advancements in the technological field, teenagers of today have become major contributors to change in the society. Intensive studies involving in-depth research have proved to be of great benefit to the society. Contrary to hundred years ago where teenagers had no access to a vast source of acquiring information and teaching besides their parents and elders, youths of today can get new information on their own so long as they have the devices arising from technology. Traditionally, quest for knowledge was not hugely embraced which significantly held back need for change in the society.
Socio-cultural set-up of a given society also defines the kind of environment suitable for teenage dwelling. There has occurred change in the social upbringing of youths. A century ago, youths were divided along gender lines in that there were various duties assigned to both girls and boys. Males were not allowed to carry out domestic duties as such were allocated to females. On the other hand, girls were not allowed to engage in activities assigned to boys. Today, teenagers are viewed as equal and are treated equally. Female teenagers today are able to compete favourably with their male counterparts.
There has been a milestone in transforming the society politically. Politics forms the backbone of every society and economy. Today, there is universal inclusivity of both female and male youths in the political arena. Many countries have stepped up to ensure the youths are represented in the control of affairs of individual countries. This is contrary to the political situation 100 years ago. Running of the affairs of society was solely carried out by males. The male teenagers were to be equipped with necessary skills as future successors of leadership.
It is evident that there exists a great difference between the present teenagers and their counterparts’ a hundred years ago. They are more knowledgeable and skilful due to increased use of technology as compared to their colleagues a century ago. The world systems of today also embrace gender equality and equal opportunities are provided to both males and females contrary to a century ago.
ReferncesAhn, J. (2011). The effect of social network sites on adolescents’ social and academic development: Current theories and controversies. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 62(8), 1435-1445.