How many times have you thought back to your 20s and thought “those were the days”? According to surprising new research, it’s not as often as people think!
A survey of British over 60s found that most people were pretty happy with modern life and preferred it to the way things were when they were young adults.
Overall, close to 60 per cent of grandparents said that modern life had improved things, and that life wasn’t all Joan Baez and hippy wagons when they were in their 20s.
One major development that drew the most positive response was the internet. Nearly 80 per cent of those surveyed said being able to access media, shop and communicate with friends and family online had improved their lives.
A whopping 85 per cent believed modern cars were better than vintage vehicles for comfort and safety.
On the question of entertainment, half of respondents thought TV had improved drastically, along with radio. Some of the best things of the modern age were: email, digital cameras, Google, and cheap travel.
Three quarters of people believed better quality food gave their happiness and wellbeing a boost, and just over half said healthcare had improved.
But while most people agreed life was better overall, there are a few aspects of life that cannot be improved upon.
Half of the over 60s surveyed said they thought music had gone downhill, while a third believed today’s films had nothing on the movies of the “good old days”
The biggest complaint was a lack of manners, with a massive 85 per cent of people saying the concept of politeness and respect had declined since their youth and that this was a bad thing.
What do you think? Has the world gone to pot or are you happy to live in the 21st century? What do you love and hate about today’s world?