- The high school experience has changed drastically between 2010 and 2019. Those who graduated at the beginning of the decade are now nearing their 30s, while today’s high school seniors are just beginning adulthood.
- In that time period, rapidly changing technology has influenced almost everything about what it’s like to be a teenager in high school, including inside the classroom.
- Changing US politics, more expensive and competitive college prospects, and the rise of vaping are other factors that have affected the high school experience.
- Teens are less likely to get their driver’s license right away and they’re more likely to experience mental health issues, but they’re also more accepting of each other and more politically aware than previous generations.
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In 2010, teenagers were just starting to get iPhones. Nowadays, technology has affected nearly every aspect of the high school experience, from learning inside the classroom to constantly interacting with their peers on social media.
That’s just one way high schools have changed over the decade. More high schoolers than ever are aiming to go to college, and they face higher costs and a more competitive application processes. As a result teenagers have busier schedules and are more likely to be swamped with extra-curricular activities.
Social activism causes like school shootings and climate change have also propelled teenagers into political action. Teens say they’re more accepting of each other’s differences than previous generations – but they’re also more likely to experience mental health issues. And then there’s vaping.
Read on more for more of the ways high schools have changed over the course of the 2010s.
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