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Survey of The Sixties and Early Seventies In the 1960s the baby boomers became teenagers and were growing up in the Cold War Because of the threat of nuclear disaster many of these young people felt they were living on the edge of disaster Many of them blamed their elders who had grown up in the Depression and World War II this created the generation gap The generation gap was brought on by the many differences in beliefs and values between the older and younger generations One of the differences was the use of drugs People who used drugs were on average younger than those who didnt and had a weaker relationship with their parents Looking at these charts its suggests that age drug use and relationships with parents were all related According to the data and charts more men and women had friends who did drugs than those who didnt chart 12 But the data does not say if the person we asked did drugs themselves When I compared the use of drugs to the year of graduation the average person who had friends that used drugs graduated in 1972 and those who had friends that didnt do drugs graduated in 1969 chart 3 This shows that people who had friends that used drugs were generally younger than those who didnt Because of the generation gap people were growing apart from their parents and the older age group The younger people believed that the older generation was too inhibited and too materialistic Comparing use of drugs to relationship with parents I found that men and women who had friends that used drugs had a weaker relationship 68 with their parents than those who didnt 77 chart 4 In conclusion the sixties and early seventies seamed like a time where the baby boomers were breaking away from the conformist ideas of their parents and elders These young people created what was called
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