Haha hello there :D well, if u look back in 30 years ago, you would see a much better place then we live now, now we have swag,Yolo,Gangman style,overly attached gf, the hunger games, twilight , and Justin beiber
I think there's definitely more communication globally and an entire different era with its rapidly changing environment which let us hard to comprehend our own era's characteristics. Truth be told, I don't understand this era despite being part of the new generation.
People today are more sophisticated about a lot of things. The way they view the world is different. They are much smarter about people from different cultures, too. It's just different and more complicated, the way things are now.
I believe we are more aware of the world we live in. Largely in part due to media. First radio, then TV, now the Internet. I do think, however, 30 yrs ago we were ignorant of the world as a whole and if you look at people then they were much happier! A perfect example of how ignorance is bliss!! :)