An article I read today was about how the 1980s were a "simpler time". Back then there were more 2 parent families. Even if they both worked, mom was usually part time and home more often. A kid could be gone playing all day without the parents worrying about an abduction. There was more stability in the job market. Having grown up in the 80s, I immediately agreed.But then it dawned on me. I would bet good money the 90s and 70s generations would say life was "simpler" for them as well.
Two possible explanations. As we age our responsibilities grow. Mortgage, loans, spouse, kids and careers were issues to be faced down the road. Now that I have those responsibilities it makes being a kid today seem harder than it was in previous decades. It skews perspective.
Also,as we progress as a society, our lives get compilcated at the same rate. So things stay pretty much in balance or the same. In other words, this generation is dealing with the same level of pressure as past generations. They just face a different set of problems with a different set of tools. Ex: Kids today will be comfortable changing jobs. To have one employer for an entire career will be unusual.
Bottom line: What problems and trials you face today will most likely become good (simpler) times in a few years.