There is something to consider when comparing how things were “years ago” against to how things are now, in general.
I started going out 25 years ago. Are things easier now than in 1997? Yes, they are. But not only society has changed a lot in those 25 years… I have changed a whole lot in those years as well!
Back then I was petrified thinking the store clerk was going to say or do something if I made it to the register and had a pink razor and a package of pantyhose in my shopping cart. Today if she sees my cart and asks if I found everything I wanted I may tell her they were out of suntan hose in size C so I had to take nude hose instead.
So, my self today transported to 1997 may think that things are about as easy as now, and myself from 1997 transported to today may think that things are equally as difficult as back then!
And now I just hope all that made sense to you all! 🙂