Also Suzy, who grew up wealthy, dropped out of school at 16, moved to Paris and couldn’t imagine anything worse than husband and children when we met her at 21, was spotted seven years later with her two sons, a lawyer husband named Rupert, and a pretty house near Bath.
“The mindset now is you don’t to have Having kids when you’re younger,” says Owen. “More people tend to do things that they want to do before they have kids, travel, go to college and stuff like that. Those opportunities weren’t as available in the 1980s.”
Orala, another Millennial, is the only person she knows who owns a home. As a singer, she moved to Kettering from Hackney to afford some shopping.
“When my mom was that age, she had me, and I’m her third child, so I can’t even imagine having three kids by the time I’m 28,” she says. “None of my friends have children. It’s rare. And I’m the only one who owns it [a house], but it used to be easier! The ambition is the same, but the approach is completely different.”
I can’t disagree: the average house price in 1984 was £27,416. The latest figure from May 2021 showed it is now £253,624. In London, the average first home is £464,000. Salaries certainly haven’t increased at a similar rate.
Attitudes have also changed – particularly towards homosexuality, child care and gender roles. According to the UK Social Attitudes survey in 1984, 43 per cent of Britons agreed that “a man’s job is to make money, a woman’s job is to take care of the home and family”, compared to just 8 per cent in 2017 were and 72 percent disagreed.
But a snapshot of Britain in the mid-1980s reveals a country generally torn by political division and protest. i looked at it The Telegraph Front page from this day in 1984; ‘Mine strike unlawful’ read the headline, referring to a High Court ruling on proposed miners’ strikes in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Alongside this was a story about the Cold War, including something about then-Labor leader Neil Kinnock plummeting in the polls and disappointing everyone after a year in office (I suppose some things never change).
These divisions were famously showcased in the 1984 film when Peter, a Liverpool native-turned-school teacher, described teachers as “undervalued and undervalued” and said the Thatcher government was “the most incompetent, indifferent fucking shower we’ve ever had.” .”
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/no-marriage-mortgage-kids-do-todays-28-year-olds-compare-1984/ how do today’s 28 year-olds compare with those of 1984?