May 4, 2020
Depending when you were born, you and your high school classmates can probably share memories about big events that changed and shaped your views on things. The first time you saw a music video on MTV, or watching the final episode of "Friends." Other events, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s, or the emergence of social media, can actually alter how we live our lives, manage our personal finances, or even how we date and establish relationships. These shared experiences imprint us with something called the cohort effect. Bradford Wiles, K-State Research and Extension specialist in early childhood development, digs deeper into the cohort effect, and how the COVID-19 pandemic--with its social, financial, and scientific shock waves--could alter how certain generations move forward through life, from this day forward.
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