I honestly don’t know how to go about writing this. I feel like I was supposed to simply learn about what life was like thirty years ago, but that isn’t all that happened.
Overall similarities and differences were easily observed but it prompted further discussion on how these connections have shifted over time. Our childhoods took the same paths but resulted in separate outcomes due to how radically altered humanity has become. Growing up, my mom’s family could be considered more privileged than others at the time. She had a horse, attended a private school, went on vacations to Greece and Hawaii, and had healthy relationships and prosperous opportunities in further education and work. In a way, I’ve endured something similar.
I go to a great school, have supportive and amazing friends, and a family who loves and cares for me. I’m provided with promising career paths and the ability to pursue a higher scholarship. The only true difference in our childhoods is how the world has progressed, and a large part of that is due to the rapid development of technology.I know a part of this assignment is to emphasize how Shakespeare’s writing persists throughout the generations, but in total honesty these similarities are becoming less true to the future as time goes on. It’s the most surreal experience to have gone into elementary school with crayons and Game Boys and to be leaving highschool with the most advanced supercomputers in our pockets. It’s even crazier to think that the largest technological advancement when my mom was fourteen was the invention of the CD. Computers had just been introduced into schools by the time my mom reached high school.
Our public school education now is as rigorous as her private school’s education was back then. The pressure surrounding getting good grades to be accepted into prestigious schools and boost status is more pronounced than ever before. My mom’s family expected her to graduate from high school and a four-year university, which still holds true to teens of today.
It seems that current society is expecting more and more from much younger children, generating more demanding curriculums and tests, something not as ubiquitous to the students of the 2000s. Gen X was the first generation to embrace further civil movements, which is a defining feature of the personalities and beliefs of millennials. My mom is a product of an era that began to vocalize that women don’t need to wait around for a man to determine their worth, which had been the silent rule for centuries before. Individuality has become more accepted within the last decade, meaning the children of today will have never known a world without extreme majoral animosity to multiple unique personas. My mom’s childhood prompted her to explore multiple perspectives as a result of conflicting standpoints. This was the catalyst that helped spark the transition from conceded conformity to welcomed ambiguity. Parents tend to raise their children to reflect how they were parented, and social/technological factors have begun to influence this outcome.
I am part of the last generation to truly embrace a childhood of relative peace and security from a rapidly shifting world. However, as we progress, our own experiences are becoming ensnared in the digital age, rendering many of our differences falsely pronounced.