Teen Wages, Then and Now
The thread asking about jobs held by forum members before they were adults was interesting. A common theme was that the money earned often supplemented family income.
It's my understnading that today's teens spend all of their wages on themselves. "Gotta work that dead-end job to pay for my car and car insurance. Gotta have the car to get to that dead-end job." And sometimes, "Gotta get out of school earlier, have a less demanding schedule, so I can get to that job."
This ties into my 'crusade' to raise the age for drivers licences to the age at which an adolescent's brain is fully formed and able to make rational decisions. Look at accident and mortality rates for teen drivers. Do adolescents really need to drive?
Teens are a profitable advertising target in today's economy. This is good?