Teenagers Weren’t Invented Until The 1940s

June 1, 2017 in Daily Bulletin

Ben Cosgrove examined an invention that, 70 years later, remains controversial:

  • Up until the second world war you were either a child or an adult.
  • Then in 1944 Life published an article titled “Teen-Age Girls: They Live in a Wonderful World of Their Own”.
  • It spoke about a special time in an individual’s life preoccupied by fashion, parties, and boys – before they were sent off to war.
  • The article noted that teens were a lucrative and unique market for businesses to target.
  • It was a success. “Teen-agers” soon turned into teenagers and became firmly rooted in the general conscience as a distinct group of people.

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Via: Cracked