The purpose of this report is to outline how life has changed in the last 50 years. The information was collected from a group of 19 students (13 female and 6 male) aged 17 – 38 at Mieres EOI. Interviews were conducted using a written questionnaire and answers analysed for significant similarities and differences.
The first part of the survey dealt with female opportunities to get a job. It was generally agreed that nowadays women have more formation and consequently they are much better prepared than in the past. It was also felt that men have changed their minds and equality is trying to prevail in our society.
Almost all the people interviewed said that 50 years ago people lived in the country like a way of surviving since the agrarian sector was more developed than the industrial one and this was the best manner to get food. Nevertheless, only one person reported that people had the same way of life than nowadays with the difference that they used to spend their holidays in the countryside.
The vast majority of those students thought that nowadays people are more interested in their studies and they try to reach a good position in their lives before getting married or become independent, while just a very small number of those interviewed felt that the future situation is really complicated so they preferred to stay at home with their parents.
It seems that the weather has also changed in the last 50 years. Global warming could be due to the increasing use of cars, pollution generated by industries as well as the high waste of energy.
About 80 per cent of the people would take an airplane to go far away while some years ago they would have gone by train or by bus. In addition, a significant majority would use Internet and telephone calls to keep in touch with a friend who is in another country whereas in the past they would have used the post.
In conclusion it seems that as the years went by, life has gradually changed in several aspects like weather, economy, culture,… which we can be summarised as “our standard of living”.