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Show Of Hands February 21st, 2013 3:15pm

Is your standard of living higher than that of your parents when they were your age?

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suppressedID IMEACH BIDEN
02/21/13 8:46 am

Better than self-indulgent Boomers?!?

Yes. And still cleaning up their mess.

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melders Entertainment Sometimes
02/21/13 9:08 am

I'm about to get out of college with no debt and a steady job, so..... yes.

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1111111 Wayne
02/21/13 11:06 am

Ummmmmmm..... No.

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cking
02/21/13 12:44 pm

...but, wait a minute... Everyone is trying to tell us that upward mobility in America is dead... Are you trying to tell me that the class warfare rhetoric doesn't pan out with reality? I'm shocked!

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andydrew Behind You
02/21/13 11:07 am

Shut up, our people are fine! They eat one hearty meal a week. That's twice as good as when I was your age.

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1111111 Wayne
02/21/13 11:08 am

Wait, they get TWO meals? I need to send more of them to prison camps.

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trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
02/21/13 11:22 am

My mom was the 3rd of 5 children of parents that came here from Mexico they didn't have much at first but things got better later. but I am going to be the first in my family to graduate college so I can definately say my quality of life has been better

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jkmallia Whatsup
02/21/13 1:03 pm

I think the general standard of living has gone up on its own just because of everything developing

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izak81 Indiana
02/21/13 8:49 am

My parents grew up on farms, now I'm in the city with smart phones.

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EarlyBird Portland
02/21/13 12:20 pm

My dad was extremely successful at my age. No comparison.

Btw, I'm no slouch but he was way out of my league.

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Rinnick Deployed, Be Back Soon
02/21/13 5:36 pm

Two words: Internet Porn

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avril89lavigne RVa
02/21/13 5:03 pm

We're mostly saying yes... It's gotta be Obama's fault.

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longhorn1 Kindocologist Hater
02/21/13 2:24 pm

Yes, but then again I don't have a nasty coke habit.

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longhorn1 Kindocologist Hater
02/21/13 4:45 pm

That's not really true, I would rather get tossed around like a sock monkey in prison then live in Oklahoma.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
02/21/13 9:15 am

Nope. My parents were married by then. That's a whole dimension of quality of life I don't have.

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izak81 Indiana
02/21/13 1:08 pm

Oh no not at all I love farms and farmers! I was just saying how back in my parents farm area they wouldn't have even imagined some of the technology we have today. Im not trying to offend farmers at all! Farm=good city=good

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kellyw The Mississippi Delta
02/21/13 8:32 am

My parents were living out of a shack while they built a house by hand. We have a house, a lot of land, cars that run. Better quality of life, for sure.

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Melon No Ducklips
02/21/13 8:35 am

I make more by myself in a year than both my parents did.
I also have more debt than they did too.
But overall higher standard.

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cato Santa Barbara, California
02/21/13 8:46 am

Yes. My parents were serial underachievers.

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ncbuc Get Over It
02/21/13 6:57 pm

To avoid a VERY long story. Particularly dad. Both fled unhappy upbringings to slums of Brooklyn. met. Learn english. Work their tails off. Have 2. Move to FL. Work their tails off more. Raise 2 kids & buy a home. Separate, but never divorce (over 40 years). Higher std...yes. equal effort...never.

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8ESBABY Houston
02/21/13 7:32 pm

HA! I'm sorry, that's funny.

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readhp1008 Hogwarts
02/21/13 2:14 pm

I keep a thing in my pocket that in mere seconds can help me find information and help me communicate with anybody around the globe. I would have to say yes.

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tmacsurprise no pictures just numbers
02/21/13 9:05 am

It's subjective,my parents had 3-kids 2-incomes 2-cars 1-house in a mid.class neighborhood on 40-60hr jobs w/benies. I am single w/3 kids(2disabled)1- truck 1-home. I am self employed in this crappy economy and I have the same standards.not where I want/plan to be, but,damn proud of it!!!

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natedog1
02/21/13 9:09 am

Unfortunately yes.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/21/13 2:36 pm

Quinnipiac most of the people I know today are pretty happy with what they have and don't sweat the things they don't have either. My parents are an example of how a middle-class family today is better off than a similar family 25 years ago. Remember what it used to cost to fly commercial? Crazy.

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angryathiest seeing double
02/21/13 10:48 am

No but that is because I choose to live out of my pack and travel the country 6 months a year. So I'm like a hobo with a smart phone

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ziplock
02/22/13 1:36 am

I own my own TV set, free and clear.

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inge MIA
02/21/13 10:55 am

Much better. Thanks to college and the military, we are doing pretty well.

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mikeg San Jose
02/21/13 10:57 am

Yes. My mom was single and a homeowner. I'm married homeowner but we have 2 incomes.

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Huntz
02/21/13 11:11 am

Are you saying city=good and farm=bad. i farm for a living and own a smart phone, work hard spring to fall, and have all winter off. I dont think that sound to bad.

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huskermedic Cincinnati
02/21/13 1:04 pm

It is higher because my wife and I have been smart with money from the start.

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opie99 left coast best coast
02/21/13 9:49 am

I would say about the same. They had more kids and owned a home. Each only has one college grad and are middle class. We rent but we aren't interested in buying so... I would say its a draw.

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Grocker
02/21/13 11:27 am

No, I save a lot more than they did, which is why I will have more when I am their age.

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c2alife Long Island
02/21/13 4:12 pm

No debt... That's awesome! Good for you!

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Sakura-chan Reading and Writing.
02/21/13 8:32 pm

I think a more proper term is "nomad"

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timeout Boston Strong
02/21/13 11:45 am

I think mine is better, my parents lived in a much simpler time, you could get by with a lot less, but everyday living was much harder. Technology has come a long way to make our life much easier.

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kindocologist Beer is my friend
02/21/13 4:33 pm

I think so. Livelihood in Oklahoma is bad, but it has to be at least a little better than a prison cell.

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Dave1212
02/21/13 1:59 pm

Any kid under 21 with an apple or android product answering this question should answer yes

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/21/13 11:54 am

At my age my parents had one crummy computer with no Interweb, had two itty-bitty square TVs with no cable or satellite, no cellphone, no tablet, and long distance on the landline was ridiculously expensive. Their cars only got about 20 mpg, no traction or stability control, not even idiot brakes.

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jsonman
02/21/13 8:50 am

Make more than both my parents combined! And they told me computers would get me no where

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Quinnipiac Here
02/21/13 2:21 pm

Access to pornog - 1970s: a half hour to dress and drive to closest skeevy movie theater (think date scene in Taxi Driver). 2010s: approx. 3 seconds.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
02/21/13 12:11 pm

No, my dad was a mechanic at Boeings that's made a lot more money than my husband who is a high school teacher. My dad knew how to save his money. So they traveled a lot when he retired. My husband cannot afford to retire. I have medical issues and I'm a few years younger than he.

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Quinnipiac Here
02/21/13 2:23 pm

But I bet they didn't sweat the things they didn't have like we do nowadays.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
02/21/13 12:13 pm

You're only 20!! Your a very mature 20 Annie

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mama3
02/21/13 2:49 pm

Sorry I laughed at that but it made me chuckle. I can kinda relate.

mama3
02/21/13 2:50 pm

Yup. Then again you can't really compare the late 70s to now. Technology was nowhere near what it is today. I'm sure my parents would have found a way to go broke trying to afford the latest gadget.

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 8:55 pm

No, no, I'm 30. Just turned 30, in fact. ;)

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
02/21/13 10:56 am

Sounds fun actually. Although you aren't one of those people with signs that say "traveling need food/money" are you?