In order to really respond I must go off on a rant about advertising. Picture me seated at a kitchen table, smoking a tobacco pipe, ranting lividly, pulling out my beard as I speak.
Kids today are crazy. We have 11 year old boys pressuring girls to perform sexual acts on them. We have homophobia beyond what should be tolerated. Kids today are wired to the hilt. Many are fat. Many do not play outside. I remember when the shift took place. I was about 12 years old. Playstation was invented. I was always a big gamer, but Sega had its limitations. After six hours of Sonic or Mortal Combat it got boring and so me and my friends would hop on our bikes and go tear around the roads and trails like the happy free-born children we were. But playstation was so awesome, so much more fun, we would never get bored. We began spending all our time INSIDE. Then the internet got big. I was one of the first kids to become an internet addict, because my brother got a computer from the home-schooling program. I would go on the original file-sharing programs for endless hours. Now, except in the summer or for weekend parties on the beach, we would never go outside. We started not getting exercise. I saw friends gain weight, develop psychological disorders, get lazy.
This is a case in point. In the 1950s you had every housewife watching television and being told she had to buy divers products that served no real purpose other than satisfying some inherent human craving to have and hoard. Often the husband could not afford to buy all these things, or he considered them useless, and so the woman would have to go get a job in order to buy all these things. The way the ads presented the products it made it seem like her very womanhood depended on her having all these things - cleaning products, clothing items, everything beyond the basics.
In my opinion a strong and happy and virile youth is one of the most beautiful things on this earth. There is so much hope and promise in youthful virtue. It takes a lot of effort to raise someone not to be lazy or bullying or idiotic. Society itself is insane and judgemental, it takes a lot of parenting to prevent children from falling prey to negative societal pressures.
My parents did a good job raising me, but television and the internet also played a major role in my mental formation. I'm not saying this is all bad, I love television and the internet, but I think it stunted my development. I often act like a teenager. I blame the fact that advertising ruined traditional family roles and so my mother was out working 40-50 hours a week, often 6 days a week, when she could have been tutoring me in math and telling me to be strong and virtuous and all that. Mostly I only had her example of hard-work and virtue and the actual lessons were not said. She was usually too tired from work.