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Then vs. Now: How things have changed from 1982-2012

17 Mar 2012

The typical teenager in the early 1980s was rocking a Walkman and had just seen E.T. Today's average kid? He has a cellphone in his pocket, he listens to Rihanna, he's less likely to finish high school and he's more likely to practice safe sex.

Then vs Now: How Things Have Changed from 1982 to 2012
From: Best Education Degrees

Music

1982: Olivia Newton-John, Survivor, Joan Jett and the Blachearts

2012: Adele, Rihanna, Katy Perry

Movies

1982: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, E.T.

2012: Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2

Video Games

1982: Coleco Vision, Atari

2012: PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Sports Stars

1982: Pete Rose

2012: LeBron James

Work Money

1982: $60.30 per week

2012: $130.oo per week

Cell Phones

1982: What?

2012: 3 out of every 4 teens has a cellphone

Marijuana Use

1982: 30% of teens

2012: 20% of teens

Career Aspirations

1982: Engineering, Biology, Business Management, Physical Sciences, Agriculture and natural resources

2012: Healthcare, Business, Education, Social Sciences, Visual & Performing Arts

Driving

1982: 52% of kids 15-17 had their driver's license

2012: 43% of kids 15-17 had their driver's license

SAT Scores

1982: 997

2012: 1,011

Graduation Rate

1982: 77.5% of high school students graduated

2012: 72% of high school students graduate

Diversity

1982: 79% white, 11.6% black, 6.3% hispanic, 1.3% Asian

2012: 54% white, 21.5% hispanic, 17% black, 5% Asian, 1.2% Native Americans

College Plans

1982: 58.3% go to college, 35.4% work full time, 6.3% other

2012: 79.2% go to college, 18.7% work full time, 2.1% other

Top Foreign Languages

1982: 18% Spanish, 9.2% French, 2.5% German

2012: 30% Spanish, 8% French, 2.1% German

Sex and Safety

1982: 55% of kids use contraception during their first sexual experience

2012: 81.5% of kids use contraception during their first sexual experience