In general, we were pretty optimistic about the future. We didn't have gadgets to distract us and isolate us, if we wanted social activities with friends, we had to actually gather with those friends. Concerts and other activities were cheap - my first concert in 1972 cost $5.50 - in today's dollars, that's about $33. But meals are actually less expensive today. In 1973, the year I started working, we could go after work a great late-night place and get a fantastic steak bomber (a really big sandwich) for $4. That's about $24 today, I can get something close to that for about $12 (but I've yet to find anything close to how good those 1973 sandwiches were). I think the choices in entertainment - TV and movies - are far better quality today, but the music of the '70s (excluding disco, for me) was vastly superior to what's being made today. There was a war going on and inflation was a worry and unemployment was a worry and there was bad weather and there were the same ups and downs in life that people have always had to face, but I think we teens of the time handled adversity quite well. Suicide was extremely rare. And that was with gays and lesbians being far more closeted than today, the effects of coming out were far more negative.