Life As A Teenager in 2017

Life As A Teenager in 2017

Is it much different to how it was when I was a teenager in the 80’s?

We have three children going through their teenage years at the minute. Often I think of the differences that there are between their lives now and mine as a teenager. My youngest teen is 13 now and is in the midst of the rage of teen hormones. Something that nobody has any control over, but a part of growing up none the less.

Obviously back when I was growing up there were no mobile phones, IPads, computers or sky tv. We had to entertain ourselves in other ways, we got sky TV when I was 14ish. I can remember getting it for Christmas and the excitement of getting something so modern. Looking back the box was massive compared to our slimline ultra modern ones now.

Youth Club/Shopping

I used to go to Youth club every Saturday night or the odd Saturday afternoon in the city. Going in by bus using my ding ticket to get on. The most uncomfortable seats which had ass trays on the back. Yes, the days where smoking on buses was allowed. Our teens often spend days in the city shopping with friends. Getting the fast train up and going for a McDonalds as a treat. My lot have never been drawn to Youth Clubs, there is so much more to do of an evening, at home or out with friends.


I had a stereo in my room, listened to the top 40 charts every Sunday afternoon. Loved buying vinyl, listening to my favourite songs over and over. I also had a cassette player as well for trips out, I can remember the tapes getting stuck at times and having to wind it on again. My girls love their iPods. Loaded with all their favourite songs, they just slip it in their blazers on the way out the door to school.


Today’s fashion moves at such a fast pace. I didn’t get new trendy items each season especially in my young teenage years. We didn’t have designer wear, or possibly we did but it wasn’t something that I wore aged 12/13. In my older teenage years, I was working in high-end hairdressers in the city. Fashion played a big part in our appearance and at this stage, I was drawn to more high fashion items. It was the 90s at the point and the club era. I think it’s funny that my 17-year-old years some fashion items that were around then ie Stussy. Today the high street is flooded with designer items for teens including Jack Wills and Hollister. Converse a teen norm.

Our kids are so very lucky, they have an abundance of electrical items, TVs in their rooms and much more freedom than I did. I had an amazing childhood and had the advantage of multiple trips to France every summer. In comparison which era was better. Growing up when you really did appreciate every luxury or now when life is a little easier for teens.

Can you remember any funny things from your teenage years?








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  • Reply Lubka Henry

    I was a teenager in the 90s, yet the times were so different comparing to these days.
    I’m sure if you dropped nowadays teenagers a few decades earlier, they would have been in a massive shock! 😀

    18th April 2017 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Mellissa Williams

    I remember making tapes on the top 40 on Radio 1, and listening to Jimmy Saville on Sunday (enough said!). Do you remember the Radio 1 Roadshows?

    18th April 2017 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply Lynne

      Oh I do indeed. Plus my favourite Top of the pops and the Poll winners party

      18th April 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Kate Veggie Desserts (@veggie_desserts)

    I was a teen in the 90s – I think the main difference is that nobody had tablets and very few had mobile phones!
    I had all my friends’ landlines memorised.

    18th April 2017 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply Lynne

      I got my first mobile in 2000 ? oh gosh i had mine memorised as well, I don’t even know my own home number now lol

      18th April 2017 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Home and Horizon

    Love this post… you’ve just taken me back 20-odd years! Do you remember wearing braces and flares? And bottle tops on shoes in the style of Bros? Those were the days lol… yes it’s so different fie kids nowadays. Most things are easier but other things e.g. Cyber bullying are much harder for them growing up..

    18th April 2017 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Jazz

    I’m in my early 20s, so I’ve got quite a memory from my teen years! I think even between when I was a teen to now has already changed a lot. The iPhones were just coming out when I was around 14 and you were a God if you had one. Fashion has changed a lot, too, already – it moves so quickly! I’ve always been into black clothes because I feel so unconfident in what I wear, but black brings the best out in me. I know that EVERYONE had to have a River Island bag when I was in school, but they were soon banned because “it wasn’t a good enough book bag”.

    Love reading this 🙂

    19th April 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Crystal (@BusyMomDiary1)

    Times sure have changed. I remember waiting all day to hear one song on the radio just so I could record it to cassette.

    19th April 2017 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Natasha

    I was a teenager in the 90’s. I remember recording music off the radio! OMG!! LOL Oh the memories!!!

    20th April 2017 at 3:43 am
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase

    Reading this really took me back. Life has changed a lot, and I think things were simpler when I was younger. Now the digital age brings with it a whole new set of issues

    20th April 2017 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Emily Leary

    It’s amazing when you start taking account of all the differences, isn’t it! It makes me wonder what changes our kid’s kids will get to experience.

    21st April 2017 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Ashleigh Dougherty

    Loved this! It’s actually so weird (and slightly sad) how times have changed. I used to go to an under 18s club back in the day on Friday nights!

    21st April 2017 at 6:17 pm
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