1985 was better overall
2015 is better overall
1985 was a better time in many ways from my perspective. I grew up in a small town where I roamed the woods and fields around my home hunting a fishing. Since 1985 the US population has gone up almost 25% and we have a lot less nature in our back yard and in our lives. The area I grew up in is 6x more populated and the fields and woods are now neighborhoods and shopping centers. People are migrating towards urban centers and frankly I cannot understand those folk. I hate the growing population trend and our overcrowding(imo).
Kids spent a lot more time outdoors then and now they all seemed to be glued to some form of electronic device. About the only time I stayed around the house and played with electronics is if the weather was bad, otherwise I was outdoors.
The US was a lot less paranoid back then. I was once stopped as a teen in the 80's riding my ATV down my street with my new 12 gage shotgun in hand. I was taking it to show my best friend and a policeman just happened along. He pulled me over, checked to make sure the gun was unloaded, handed it back and then lectured me about riding my ATV on public roadways never once mentioning the gun. Today, at that age and in that situation I would probably find myself surrounded by police with guns all pointed at me or worse.
Americans seem to be pitted against each other a lot more today than in 1985. At least in my neck of the woods it seemed we viewed it as (we) the US vs the bad people around the world. We seemed to have a sense of community that stretched the entire country. Now it seems Americans focus more negative attention onto fellow Americans than outside parties. It wont be long and we may start devouring our own.
However the 80's hair! Oh how I hated the hair styles of the 80's. Much of the early 80's music wasn't much better lol.
1985 was better for one simple reason:
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields