Cultural Timeline

Family

Working Children

1900 - 1920

The family structure in this time often was molded around the current economic model. Families in this era had working men and homemaker wives. The children, usually the males, often picked up jobs. The family model begins to change as so does modernization as more families have less kids.

Parenting Roles

1920 - 1940

As more and more families had two parents joining the work force many older siblings had to step into parenting roles. These roles cause many children to grow up faster.

Suburbia

1940 - 1960

In this period, family life consisted of the classic suburbia lifestyle. Families were having more kids while living in a suburban development, fathers were breadwinners and mothers homemakers.

Motherhood

1960 - 1980

Compared to before, when women accepted motherhood, many began to question it. Women wanted individualism and some did not see the fulfillment in a traditional family.

Extended Family

1980 - 2000

As divorce became more common, families began remarrying and having new children. This transitioning produced the blended family and from there the idea of step parents and half siblings became normal, along with the movement between households.

New Styles

2000 - 2020

Divorce continues to be a problem and is increasing in popularity. Also, traditional families are becoming more and more uncommon as gender controlled relationships become even in same sex couples.

Single Parents

2020 - 2040

Single parents are more and more common, or partnership parenting is just as popular. The idea of marriage is not as popular as before, families are ok with just long term relationships, or even no relationship at all.

Professional Employment

Job Transitions

1900 - 1920

Jobs at the beginning of this time period were often agriculturally based. However, as these years progressed, the industrial revolution began to develop and by the end of this time many jobs were becoming modernized and more urban.

Opportunities

1920 - 1940

Compared to years before, many women began taking jobs outside the home. These jobs could include urban office jobs and entertainment roles.

Gender Control

1940 - 1960

Men controlled the work force, as women were seen belonging in the home. Housework and motherhood were being seen as a full time job.

Equal Pay

1960 - 1980

As many women began finding jobs in the work place once again, the inequality of salaries became noticeable once again, promoting the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The act however did not solve the problems.

Technology

1980 - 2000

As computers became more popular and affordable, more and more jobs opened up in technological fields and the computer programming industry.

Unemployment

2000 - 2020

As unemployment continues to decrease and increase, many look to self employment or online jobs. The digital media age, including "vlogging", offers easy jobs to those who are looking for work and do not even have to leave their homes.

Self Employed

2020 - 2040

The online employment craze continues to increase in popularity. Americans can work at home without ever entering an office, offering much more free time for recreational activities. Youtube continues to pay bloggers for video diaries, creating online reality tv.

Clothing

Long Skirts

1900 - 1920

Women remained in long skirts and dresses. A minimal amount of skin was shown on the part of the female, while men remained in traditional pants.

Expression

1920 - 1940

Women used clothing in the 1920s to show self expression with the Flapper phase. Haircuts were often short bobs and the dresses were also shortened to knee length.

Classic

1940 - 1960

Men wore suits often, with skinny ties and a classic look while women shortened skirts to the knee but held a responsible look. Some dresses for women even became strapless, while women still avoided pants.

Movement

1960 - 1980

Fitting into the feminist movement, dresses became even shorter, even into the mini skirt lengths. Women felt free enough to not wear bras and dress however they pleased. Bell-bottom pants were popular.

Neons

1980 - 2000

Clothing styles changed a lot through these years with no one style being pinned to either gender. Many styles included neon colors, the pattern plaid, and big hair styles.

Short Shorts

2000 - 2020

Clothing has become much more risque as skirts and shorts lose length and become tighter. Some crazes such as neons and plaids come back into popularity, and new fads like skinny jeans also become popular.

Revealing

2020 - 2040

Following from years before, clothing continues to be more revealing. Men's clothing has not changed much. Fashion continues to take on an urban edge.

Sexual Attitudes

Secret

1900 - 1920

Sexual activities and unmarried pregnancies were very frowned upon and often covered up. Many remained celibate and still even after marriage did not discuss their tendencies.

Marriage Outlook

1920 - 1940

The rate of divorce during this time period began to rise. Previously, a couple would marry and stay married, practicing celibacy until marriage. Now with many marriages and relationship failing, the idea of one sole sexual partner became less common.

Baby Makin'

1940 - 1960

As soldiers returned home to the new wives they'd left when they were deployed, the love was put back into young marriage. This love sparked the baby boom, because of the increase in sexual activity many service men and their housewives started their new families.

Expression

1960 - 1980

Women began craving more sexual expression and openness. Compared to before where sexual acts were kept private, women began promoting their sexuality and desires in more publice ways.

STDs

1980 - 2000

In what was considered the sexual revolution in the years before, the craze was threatened by more prevalent sexual diseases. This includes the sudden outbreak of HIV and AIDS.

Underage

2000 - 2020

Out of marriage sexual activity continues to increase as teen pregnancy becomes a normal thing with the popularity of the reality tv shows showing teem pregnancy and their struggles.

Acceptance

2020 - 2040

Homosexuality becomes much more accepted and less of a negative thing. All sexualities are now openly accepted.

Money

Small Amounts

1900 - 1920

Small sums of money in today's standards were considered large amounts back then. The gold standard controlled distribution of bills and inflation.

Black Tuesday

1920 - 1940

As the stock market crashed, the country experienced great financial trouble as many began to lose jobs and experience bankruptcy. The day the stock market official crashed was called Black Tuesday, and the country was thrown into the Great Depression.

Paychecks

1940 - 1960

Compared to recent years when women could afford to support themselves, the paychecks for females began reducing. Males were making more money while completing the same jobs, causing females to once again rely on a male in their lives to help them pay for their needs.

Inflation

1960 - 1980

Money struggles became apparent as inflation rates began to rise. Many families had to have both spouses working in order to make enough money to pay bills.

Richer

1980 - 2000

The economy is doing quite well for the middle class. Middle class consumers begin investing more and more in the stock market and making more big purchases with their new found wealth.

Recovering

2000 - 2020

The economy begins to recover towards the end of these years, but is still slightly struggling. The middle class begins to struggle less and see success.

Success

2020 - 2040

The economy finally catches up and prices for products decrease. The middle class becomes wealthier as wages increase and unemployment decrease.

Recreation

Bicycling

1900 - 1920

Bicycling was an affordable hobby for the time period. Any gender could enjoy the activity and also offered transportation opportunities.

Prohibition

1920 - 1940

With prohibition in place, previously as people would gather around and drink, the selling and consumption of alcohol was outlawed. Now, drinking for fun was unavailable unless individuals drank from bootleg suppliers.

Sports

1940 - 1960

During this time, as World War II ended, sports and leisure activities became more popular. Professional football and the broadcasting of the games increased audience interest and the game gained popularity.

Family Fun

1960 - 1980

Family bonding was a popular point of recreation in a changing time period. Television was available for many families and they often watched together. Playing board games and going for family drives was also common.

VCR

1980 - 2000

VCR tapes and video recorders gained popularity and were readily available. Young adults and parents could now enjoy the hobby of videotaping and photography more readily.

Active

2000 - 2020

Sports continues to be popular hobbies as art programs are being removed from schools. Lacrosse is one such sport gaining players. Obesity problems leads to exercise become popular even without playing a sport or being on a team.

3D

2020 - 2040

Video games receive another big boost with new software. Virtual and 3D in the mind gameplay allows consumers to enjoy their games while feeling like they are actual in the program.

Language

Diction

1900 - 1920

Diction was slightly different than it is now but better than in was in previous years. Word choice is particular and compared with current speech many sounded scholarly.

Flappers

1920 - 1940

The slang developed in this time period is now often referred to as "Flapperspeak." Some terms included the bees knees, and other jazz terms. Language overall was very similar to the modern language used now compared to years before.

Phrases

1940 - 1960

Slang phrases were very popular during this time. These phrases included "cooking with gas" meaning excelling at something, and "pancake turner" referring to a disc jokey.

Generation

1960 - 1980

A generation gap could be seen in this time period through language. The younger generation spoke using new slang and "Hippie Language". The older generation often spoke in more professional terms or dialect, only sometimes using left over slang from the earlier years.

Slang

1980 - 2000

Slang and trend words were very common, many just abbreviations from other common words. Foul language also became a problem as some popular musicians began including them more in more within their lyrics.

LOL

2000 - 2020

Words continue to be abbreviated, instead of phrases, shortened terms like BTW and JSYK become very popular. These new shortened terms are referred to as texting language.

Media Messages

2020 - 2040

As texting language became more popular and the media age continued to develop, speaking becomes less prominent. Texting and voice messages are the primary forms of communication.

Norms

Staying at Home

1900 - 1920

People during this time often based their days around work and family. Men would go to work and come home to wives who had handled the housework and completed errands throughout the day.

Dancing

1920 - 1940

Women were still looked at as below men but still had some equal rights. The social structure was seen as loosening, as where before the family structure was rigid, now there could be two working parents. Also, women dancing and showing skin was no longer something unheard of but could be seen as appropriate entertainment.

Saving

1940 - 1960

It was normal to find many being frugal and working hard during this time. The economy was still not completely set after the Great Depression and so in society many just focused on work and saving, creating a very structured social environment.

Vietnam

1960 - 1980

The Vietnam war took a big toll on society and norms for this time. It was normal for many to be politically segregated on the topic of the war and it could cause tension and arguing among groups.

Fast Pace

1980 - 2000

Changes became very rapid. Families changed fast from divorce and remarriage while trends for young adults and teens to follow changed monthly. Teens and even adults were more open with sex and drug use.

Filtering

2000 - 2020

Less and less things are being considered offensive and social filters hit an all time low. PG-13 movies being to look like R rated films, offensive language is also more common.

Maturity

2020 - 2040

The gap between immature and mature becomes more noticeable. Age groups either have members that are mature far beyond their age or are immature to way below it. Many believe the media is to blame based on which programs each group watches.

Perception of Self

Roles

1900 - 1920

Women judged themselves on how well they mothered, while fathers judged based on their career paths and position.

Lowering Value

1920 - 1940

Because of the new competition between men and women in the work force, many males began to resent the idea of relying on a women for income. The men who did lose their jobs to women or who were below them in the work force experienced low self worth.

Beauty

1940 - 1960

Appearance during this time became more important to many. Women and those around them began basing values off of beauty and femininity. If their feminine appeal did not match to those they were being compared to, self value was lowered.

Self Esteem

1960 - 1980

It was in 1967 that self esteem was linked to success within schools and children. The revelation made it a time that many promoted raising self esteem, especially for kids in school. As self confidence was taught as important, self worth began to rise in the future generations.

Self Interest

1980 - 2000

Many people in this time, especially the 90s became interested in family roots. By seeing where they had come from, many could see more self worth from their past and where their family has come from.

Low Worth

2000 - 2020

Self worth starts to lower as students are being compared to kids their age over seas. As they have trouble keeping up to the high standards, their self esteem lowers and grades continue to sink.

Raising Worth

2020 - 2040

As schools notice kids struggling, schooling is changed and kids begin to excel. As grades raise so does self confidence an self worth. Also, us unemployment hits a new low, overall confidence rises as the previously unemployed gain jobs.

Gender

Gender Molds

1900 - 1920

Woman began being seen as frail and weak. This was through advertisements showing woman in fancy clothing and and royal settings, making others, especially men, see them as weaker than them. Men continued to take on the role of breadwinner and strength.

Women Suffrage

1920 - 1940

Women Suffrage is passed through the 19th amendment and it is now allowing women to vote. The new ability to vote allows women to become more independent and and fight for more equal gender views.

Inequality

1940 - 1960

In previous years, the gender roles began to morph, having no one gender ruling the work force. Now, once again the male gender is being looked at as the breadwinner and working spouse, women once again homemakers and housewives.

Feminism

1960 - 1980

Although civil rights movements became more and more common, feminist movements were just as important. Women began separating themselves and their views more and more from men.

Narrowing

1980 - 2000

The gender gap began to narrow as more women find stable jobs and the noticeable gender difference start to fade. Men are looked at less as the sole breadwinner and women can be the only working one in a family.

The Gap

2000 - 2020

Women continue to gain ground in the work place as the gender gap continues to close. Changes are also seen in the armed forces as they are now allowed to be in combat situations, gainign them further equality to men.

President

2020 - 2040

The first female president is voted into office, showing how the gender groups are now evenly matched. Wages are required now to match between genders that are employed to make sure all is equal.

Entertainment

Fairs

1900 - 1920

Fairs and carnivals were increasing in popularity. Families could go and enjoy fun attractions and games as these groups and festivals traveled the country or state as "World Fairs".

Post War

1920 - 1940

Because it was post World War I, as the soldiers returned home positivity was in the air and the entertainment industry was booming. This included the new Flapper craze, where women danced to entertain and the big band and jazz music time period.

Rock 'n' Roll

1940 - 1960

Known as the rock'n'roll era, individuals could now enjoy many new artists in music and television sitcoms. "Leave It To Beaver" and other family based sitcoms gained massive popularity, as younger consumers enjoyed rock bands and concerts.

Hollywood

1960 - 1980

Is considered part of the new Hollywood era. Movies and films featured many more risque scenes and plot lines, including revealing shots and views of actors and actresses.

Cable

1980 - 2000

Cable television is now standard in many homes, offering hours of entertainment for many members of the family. For younger groups this includes colored channels like Mtv.

Ratings

2000 - 2020

Rating charts are starting to change as more offensive material needs to be put into a movie to be rated as R. Reality tv continues to be popular as are shows like the Walking Dead, including intense drama and graphics. Shock value is important.

4D

2020 - 2040

Movies are now 4D, rather than the imax and 3D experiences, in some cases viewers can feel the movie. Seats continue to move as they did before but now smells and environment feelings like air and dampness are included.