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Teenage Life in the 1980's

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Carolyn Chow

on 16 January 2014

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Teenage life in the 1980's
Many of our current "slang word" derive from those of the 1980s. They were used to show emotion or condense many words into one. Most slang is used to describe things such as:
bomb= describe something cool
cheesy= describe something lame
Some were vulger (which i won't share) used to offend or describe a person and some use just a word that we didn't have like GalPal and Dweeb. We still use some of these slang words and they influence how we speak today.
Heroes/Idols of the Day
In the 1980's there were many people that teens looked up to. An idol at the time was John Lennon in music. Though he was not the only idol in music, there were many bands that were huge at the time. "The Police" was a huge alternative band at the time. Also "New Wave" was on the rise with bands like David Bowie and Blondie.

Music: The track of the 80s
One of the most popular songs of the 1980's was "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey.

Fashion in the 1980s is different than our fashion today in many ways. For example, in the 1980s girls wore very brightly coloured clothing and makeup as well as tons of flashy jewelry. In the early 80's, wearing a tighter shirt and looser pants was the main style people followed. As you can see, Adam and Maddie are demonstrating the classic outfits they wore by the average Joe in the 80's.
Entertainment: What did they do for fun?
Jobs and Pay
Historical/Social Events
Rubik's Cube
-gave teenagers something to do in their spare time
-puzzled a lot of people how to solve it
Mount. St. Helens erupted after 123 years
-located in Washington
-killed a total of 34 people
First hole in the O-Zone layer was detected (1985)
Sony developed the first camcorder (1983)
couch potato
End of the Cold War (1981)
-fall of the Berlin Wall
Prince Charles and Lady Diana married
-700 million TV viewers watched ceremony
John Lennon Assassinated
-group member of the Beatles
-December 8, 1980 in New York City
(Music Television) was created
-August 1, 1981
Many jobs were available for teens in the 1980's. The most common jobs were involving fast food chains, being a waiter, a chef, or a dish cleaner. The average pay for teens in the 1980's was $60.30 a week and teens today are paid $130 a week, assuming each teen worked 18 hours during the school year for minimum wage. There is substantial increase in pay from then to now.
Did you know... in the 1980's about 40-50% of teens had a job.
In movie, two of the biggest films of the decade were the 1983's "The Breakfast Club" and 1983's "The Big Chill Broth" both having huge actors and idols for teens. There is almost too many to count but some big teen idol actors were Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy
Ozzy Osbourne
Bon Jovi
Matthew Broderick
Ally Sheedy
The Breakfast Club
Other popular songs included:
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" - Whitney Houston
"Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield
"Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor
"Like a Virgin" - Madonna
"Livin' on a Prayer" - Bon Jovi
"Footloose" - Kenny Loggins

The 1980's was a big year for Michael Jackson, he had multiple billboard hits, for example "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Thriller" and "Man in the Mirror."
Common simple steps:

-the Electric Slide
-the Moonwalk
-the Sprinkler
-Milking the Cow
-the Worm
-Shopping Cart
-Walk like an Egyptian

The Electric Slide (1976 but became popular in 1989
Huge Poison Gas Leak in Bhopal, India (1984)
Sally Ride Becomes the First American Woman in space
Wreck of the Titanic Found (1985)
Pac-Man Video Game Released
Times were very different during the eighties compared to now in terms of activites and leisure. Technology has been growing vastly and has become a big part of our society unlike in the 80's where technology was just making a breakthrough. Teens back then lived for going to parties at night every weekend. Going to drive in movies, watching movies on VCR, and having sleepovers was really popular as well. Going to dances, going rollerblading, playing games at the arcade, and just playing regular sports outside was popular entertainment during the 80's.
Popular Movies:
"The Shining" (1980)
"The Breakfast Club" (1985)
"The Princess Bride" (1987)
"The Goonies" (1985)
"Back To The Future: Part 1" (1985)
Popular T.V Shows:
"The Simpsons" (first aired Dec 17,1989)
"SNL (Saturday Night Live)" (1975-Present)
"The Bold and Beautiful" (March 23, 1987)
"The Young and Restless" (March 26, 1973- Present)
Popular Artists:
Michael Jackson
David Bowie
Cyndi Lauper
Billy Joel
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