A common trope of talking to anyone over a certain age is the phrase, ‘well, in my day (insert any of the things your Grandparents used to say)!’ And yes, music may have been better in the 20th Century, but there are a lot of lies about life during the 20th Century that some of us still believe because our Grandmother used to tell us so… and who doesn’t trust their Grandmother?!
Whilst a lot of these ideas are now widely known to be not true by the majority of the public, they are fascinating to comprehend by today’s standards, and are actually beliefs still held by some people!
1.) ‘Marriage doesn’t mean anything these days!’
A common line taken by people is the idea that Marriage used to really ‘mean’ something, often citing divorce statistics. However, the only reason that divorce figures were so low is not really due to some fortunate fact that everyone was beaming with joy all the time, but really the fact that divorce was so heavily stigmatized by society that most women would be subject to heavy personal backlash. Also, the process was far too expensive for most people and was therefore only a viable option for those who were wealthy.
2.) ‘Back in my day food was miles better! It was proper food, none of this processed nonsense!’
While there’s nothing quite like proper home-grown and cooked food, this claim isn’t necessarily as straight forward as it seems. The idea that people ate ‘proper food’ back in the 20th Century and so were much healthier as a result is not necessarily the case as starvation rates were massively high throughout the early 20th century due to a lack of viable food and ultimately caused the deaths of millions upon millions over the course of the 20th century as a whole.