I keep hearing people here say that things are so much worse now...yet I know that years ago there were crimes, perverts, all sorts of things ..just that we didn't have national attention on them usually Living in Pennsylvania I didn't hear about crimes in California on my tv or in the newspapers...people in Michigan didn't hear about crime in Florida and visa versa...and of course we had no internet With no internet, we had no online predators....I think back then pornography was much harder to get, in stores, in "brown paper wrappers"...in adult "movie houses" Of course..we also didn't have to wear seat belts or have auto insurance...and without cell phones it was much easier to get stranded So that was dangerous There were murders, rapes, all sorts of things but we didn't have them in our faces 24/7 on tv shows....and of course we didn't have the internet I do think that families were "stronger"....more extended families...divorce was something frowned on, much less divorce tho I guess many stayed married and unhappy Not so many fractured families, and not so many "single moms"....back when I was growing up some girls left high school to "stay with an aunt" in a neighboring state (ie, to have a baby and give it up for adoption) I hate to say it...as I know it is not politically correct...BUT...some people were called "crazy" and spent time in and out of mental hospitals (my uncle for one) and IMHO their families were safer from this They didn't have so many homeless people when they had mental hospitals...and yes I realize that many of these hospitals were bad or unfair but they were fair to the rest of the public who were kept safe from them The economy was better too in the 50's and 60's. But still there were horrible crimes and bad people.. Justice was somehow served without the use of dna and high tech CSI stuff..and justice seemed to be pretty swift...Death Penalty was used in more states, not questioned so much....some had gas, some had electric chair, some "hanged" them...it was pretty much accepted I guess??? .I guess we just didn't have them on tv and without the internet nothing to "sleuth" I do remember the "Mafia" type crimes and criminals tho...they were the ones who had National attention, newspaper articles and books about them So....do you think crime is worse now?? or is it just more "visable' and national...with 24/7 media and internet??