AreJay711 wrote:CanadianWolf wrote:@AreJay711: Do you really think that the average person is better off now than in the '50s ? Certainly not in the US, maybe elsewhere.
In money and consumption terms? Absolutely. For example, families in the 50's didn't have cars laying around to give their children -- kids bought junk cars and fixed them up. In my high school and university most students have their own car usually 4-5 years old. Other things are the same way: we generally have more stuff than in the 50's.
As far as happiness goes, I think people in the 50's were happier overall in spite of this because money is not all that matters.
Haha...main point is probably correct, but I'm not sure about where you're placing "average." I consider myself well above average, and the car I was able to afford in high school was 21 years old, and not fancy. And I'm pretty young, so this wasn't that long ago.