Developments in the world throughout the years have greatly impacted the world in various ways. These developments include technological and socio-political changes. These changes have made social activities today to become incomparable with those from a hundred years ago.
In this case teenagers as a social group have fell victim to these changes as. This fact easily unveils itself when evaluating the social activities of the youth today. Their behavior and the use of their leisure time are also compared to that of their colleagues a hundred years ago. Keywords: technology, behavior, social activities.
The daily life of teenagers today and that of young people 100 years ago. Teenagers today make use different types of technological devices, such as TV sets, smartphones and tablets-both at home and school. They also acquire education with the aid of technology. The help of technology in education has replaced the role that parents and teachers used to play in the education of their children. Not only does this refer to the teaching material and method but also to communication skills.
Connors (2011) explains that the main target audience for social media is young people. They waste an insanely huge amount of their time on social networks rather than using it for wise constructive activities (Connors, 2011, p. 45). Presently, teenagers are more educated than they were a hundred years ago. Education that is easily accessed makes the youths more socially active.
As a result, they tend to question the traditions of society. By so doing the young people have become great contributors to change in society, as Silling (2010) describes (Silling, 2010, p.
256). A hundred years ago were conservative and followed customary traditions set by society. This made them inactive since they lacked access to quality education. Connors (2011) explains that teenagers in the old times lacked technology that is available to teenagers today. Their knowledge was not only acquired from their parents but also through extensive reading and used their free time to help their parents around the house and played outdoors (Connors, 2011, p. 67). Back then, education was a part of society that was not highly embraced. Financial challenges that faced many families hindered parents from taking their children to school hence education became a privilege, mostly, for male children.
The culture of the people a century ago did not view females as equals to males. As a result the girls were hardly allowed to take part in the same activities as the boys. Domestic management was an activity fit for women so girls were limited to activities within the domestic sphere. On the other hand, female teenagers today are freely entitled to the same opportunities as their male counterparts. This has been made possible by female movements around the world. It is significantly evident that there is a great difference between the present teenagers and teenagers a hundred years ago. Presently the youth are more used to technology than their colleagues a century ago. They are also more educated compared to their counterparts a hundred years ago. All over the world there has been gender equality in terms of entry into various opportunities unlike a century ago.
Connors, B. (2011). The Gods of Time. New York: Random House. Silling, M. (2010)Teenage Trends. Portland: Burning Bush Press.