What Was Being An Adult Like In The 70s?


Hey there! Welcome to Life Noggin. Oooh!! Somebody’s got a case of disco fever! I hope you get well soon! There was a lot going on in the United States
during the 1970s. But besides being really into disco music,
what was day to day life like when you turned 18 in the 70s? Well to start with, in the late 60s and early
70s, many of the states lowered the drinking age from 21 to 18., While I’m sure some of you are wishing they
left it there, this change actually resulted in a lot of deaths from car crashes. According to the National Institutes of Health,
in the mid-70s, alcohol was a factor in more than 60 percent of traffic fatalities, particularly
for those between the ages of 16 and 20. But the drinking age wasn’t the only thing
that was lowered at that time. In 1971, the 26th Amendment passed, moving
the voting age from 21 to 18. Youth voting groups advocating for the change
used the slogan, “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote,” in response to the draft
age being lowered to 18 during WWII. And speaking of the draft, it was officially
called the Selective Service Act and allowed the government to force men into military
service. In 1973, after the Vietnam War ended, the
draft also ended much to the relief of the public and the hundreds of thousands of men
who fled the country or refused to respond when they were drafted.,, And in 1977, newly
elected President Jimmy Carter issued a pardon for everyone who avoided the draft during
the war. Between then and now the average prices of
certain things has increased significantly. That means that people in the 70s had an easier
time affording things compared to us. For example, in 1970, the average cost for
a home was around $26,600. Adjusting for inflation, that would be about
$175,600 today. However, in 2018 homes were sold for an average
of $385,000. That’s nearly a 120 percent increase in
price! The cost of a college education has also increased
a lot since the 70s. In 1971, the average yearly price for a public
university was $1,400 and a private university was $2,900 – which would be about $8,900 and
$18,000 today. However, college costs have since skyrocketed. The 2018-2019 school year cost about $22,000
for public universities and about $36,000 for private ones. That’s a 100 to 147 percent increase! But despite rising housing and college prices,
the federal minimum wage has decreased by 31 percent, from $1.60 in 1970, – which is
about $10.56 in today’s dollars – to $7.25 since 2009. Though, some individual states have increased
it to as much as $13.25. Which explains why my bank account is so small… And also because I’m an animation and people
don’t want to hire animations, it’s just… it’s sad. So is there a time period that you want us
to talk about next? Let me know in the comment section below,
or tell me what should the next episode be about! Curious to know what people actually believed
during the 1920s? Check out this video! It was the roaring 1920’s and people were
literally glowing. These radioactive drinks promised to boost
energy levels and cure a number of physical ailments. Some even claimed to be aphrodisiacs. Thank you so much for watching and clicking
like on this video! As always my name is Blocko! This has been Life Noggin! Don’t forget to keep on thinking.

100 thoughts on “What Was Being An Adult Like In The 70s?”

  1. At least I have 13 cents in my savings…😭
    What decade should we cover next?
    Hit like on this video if you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for watching! 💙

  2. Blocko would it be possible that there could be a artificial brain made and used on people and how would that effect them emotionally and physically?

  3. Are these houses in the 70s 2 floor houses or 1floor? Also was this the same throughout the US like new york vs Arizona?

  4. meybe in the year 9019
    the price for a small house is 99999999999999999999.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999B+++

  5. I hate sjw's that say "check youre privilege" poor guys have to deal with them also black people can be racist any race can be

  6. I imagine general life has been the same for all of history. Of course political events would affect things, and technology has had a massive impact, but it's not like EVERYTHING is different. It would be very easy to adjust to modern life if you were from the 70s, and I imagine it'd be the same if someone now went back to the 70s. It may even be easier living then, since the economy was so much better and racial/gender wealth disparity would make being a white male much easier (more money, higher social position etc). Nowadays, the only differences are that things cost more, technology has pretty much wrecked how we communicate with each other, and people are less racist. Apart from that, most things have stayed the same.

  7. My dad was born In 1955

    School was HELL if you were bad he said, you would get hit with a paddle.

    Because cursing is not a thing teachers do in school they would say “stop being such a cuss!”

    He said you could also get “penny candy”
    Machines that give you a piece of candy for just a penny, schools were “tiny” he said for sone reason.

    People in school would join a group and call Themselves “greaser” he said something like they had leather jackets and you know stuff like

  8. thats was odd… in the uk i had half penny sweets.. mmmm i had 10p for pocket money … so 20 sweets.. mmmm nice… and we talked .. no internet .. bar for army etc..

  9. #DearBlocko Why doesn’t the US give people the human right to healthcare and education like most other first world countries do

  10. K? Being an adult could be 50% hard since 1970's and being an adult is also 50% Easy im i right noggin pls (i might sound like a genius but im not)

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