|Generation X - Vs back then.
||[Jul. 11th, 2009|06:20 am]
Everyday expenses are much higher than they were for The Greatest Generation. A couch in 1960 cost about $200 in 1990 dollars. In 1990, a couch was about $1000.
People really and truly worked 40 hours a week. Nowadays, the "work week" is 40 hours but that doesn't include your lunch and you likely get no overtime for being there 60+ hours because of the glamour of being "salaried."
Productivity was much lower - which meant it took longer to do stuff. Which meant you didn't have to answer a thousand emails a day for a living because you had a secretary who typed up everything you said and that took a while, goddamn it.
There was no telecommuting, there were no cell phones, and air travel was novel. In other words, you pretty much worked where you lived and you left your job at work.
Food was more nutritious. Corn syrup was uncommon and the greatest chain available was Howard Johnson's. Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, McDonald's and the like hadn't driven down everyone's culinary expectations.
Refrigeration was still good, rather than an engine of the apocalypse. An apple likely came from Washington or California - not New Zealand.
Highways were just being built. It was practical to commute via train because commuting via road was idiotic. With the invention of interstates and beltways we also invented suburbs, which are essentially the downfall of western man. More here.
It was not necessary to throw yourself tens of thousands of dollars in debt in order to have any earnings potential whatsoever. A college degree was an advantage, not an admissions requirement to the workforce.