We talked about this topic this morning. We compared the way things were 70 years ago in 1950. So much has changed since then.

This is not a meant as a rant as much as it is an interesting look as to how much different things are. We go with the "good" and the "bad" with this list.

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In 1950, most Americans were generally happy with their lives.

In 2020, those who are on anti-depressants are at an all time high. The same is said about anxiety as they are closely linked.

In 1950, children would go outside and play when they got home from school.

In 2020, our parks and our playgrounds are empty and we have the highest childhood obesity rate in the world.

Playgrounds Stand Empty During Coronavirus Lockdown

In 1950, a lot of people would leave their homes and their vehicles unlocked because crime rates were so low.

In 2020, When was the last time you left ANYTHING unlocked?

In 1950, you could say the "N" word with ease and without getting cancelled.

In 2020, it's one of the worst things you could say to someone.


In 1950, a women stayed at home to focus on family and the home and outside work was rare.

In 2020, women have the opportunity to be whoever it is they want to be and two income households are the norm.

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In 1950, only the rich and privileged were able to attend college to get a higher paying job.
In 2020, you can get a quality education for free without ever leaving your home.
In 1950, you had about three genres of music to listen to and country and western counted as two of them.

In 2020, there are countless formats to choose from including streaming


In 1950, people would dress up and look nice when they would go out in public.

In 2020, we can't wait to venture outside in our jammies. We are looking at you Wal Mart Jammie shoppers.

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In 1950, television networks would not even show husbands and wives in bed together.

In 2020, a Netflix film entitled "Cuties" is so controversial, that four states have sent a letter to Netflix asking for it to be removed due to "sexualizing children."

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In 1950, both Dad and Mom would smoke in the family car with the windows rolled up.

In 2020, we know what food is good for you to eat and which ones contain carcinogens.


In 1950, African American atheletes were rare.

In 2020, 70% of players in the NFL are black.

Jackie Robinson In Action
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In 1950, mental health was far from understood and misdiagnoses were rampant. Today, what we know PTSD was a thing called "Shell Shock" and was greatly oversimplified.

In 2020, we understand about mental health and can make better parenting decisions based on science
As you can see, things have changed dramatically in a short 70 years. It makes me wonder, what will things be like in 2090 - 70 years from now. 

All My Best,

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