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Being young might not be as much fun as it once was

Published 26/04/2015 | 02:30

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH: 1970s fashion provides the proof, if it were needed, that today’s kids have drawn the short straw
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH: 1970s fashion provides the proof, if it were needed, that today’s kids have drawn the short straw

How generations differ. The 1960s, a truly transformative decade in the Western World, brought many changes. One was the rise of youth power. Deference towards one's elders went into decline. Across North America and Europe, students took to the streets demanding all manner of things.

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The young today are different. And, in that regard, Ireland is much the same as the rest of the West. Students swot in libraries and plan their careers. They seem to care little about taking to the barricades.

What happened to the hotheadedness of youth is hard to explain, as complex social phenomena often are. And it is harder to explain in Ireland than most other countries - because, over the past seven years of economic turmoil, the young have tended to suffer more than the aged.

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