Being a teenager during the late 1950’s was very different from what it is today. My uncle Bill Mills, who is 72 years old, told me of how he grew up in what seems like it would be an entirely different world. After asking him several questions about what teenager life was like I found out how different life really was.
Technology plays a very important role in our everyday lives. According to Bill technology was almost nonexistent to the teenagers of his teenage years. They did not have cell phones, laptops, iPods, or their own televisions. The only kind of TV that they had in the house was small, black and white, and had only three channels, compared to the hundreds with satellite services of today. Instead of cell phones they just had house phones that had only one line. These were usually tied up from older people gossiping with their friends. This meant that the kids actually had to have a face to face conversation with each other. That would be unheard of by today’s standards. When asked how they spent their extra time and the weekends, I was shocked to find out how different and similar it really was. When not in school the kids could be found in bowling alleys, soda shops, ice cream shops, drive-ins, sporting events, and
other places that the teenagers of today would also be at. How they got around with transportation is what was very different. Since my uncle lived in a pretty large city it was not hard for him to get around. Kids didn’t get their own cars so they had to ride the city bus around town and walk to get places they wanted to go. The gas from back then may seem to be very cheap when compared to today’s prices but it really wasn’t. The average cost of gas was thirty something cents if my uncle could remember right, which seemed high to them. They considered this high because the people’s earnings were less than what they are now.
School was also different from...