‘Kids weren’t like that back in my day…’ Stop it. Yes they were!
The past few hundred years are full of written accounts of kids using slang, the craze of Chess reducing child productivity, the Waltz taking the innocence from young girls. Mental Floss compiled a fun little list, my favourite is the following:
The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds in useful knowledge. Parents take care to feed their children with wholesome diet; and yet how unconcerned about the provision for the mind, whether they are furnished with salutary food, or with trash, chaff, or poison?
These are the words of Reverend Enos Hitchcock in Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family in 1790.
I could easily swap romances, novels and plays with video games, rap music and iPhones. Violent video games are probably more of a concern than doing the Waltz, however it is all relative. If those promiscuous teenagers weren’t breaking barriers with a little intimacy during dance, we probably wouldn’t have twerking. Yet.
We were rebellious in our youth because our parents were, this generational trend goes all the way back. What children do today is a result of what we did before them, and the children of past centuries sure helped us with a good old bunk up.
Photo credit goes to Anthony Dorman. ‘Bunk up’. I love seeing art from my city!