As the title suggests, chapter 7 focuses on the purported dangers of giving teenagers rooms of their own. Despite the fact that most Cold War era observers saw the separate bedroom ideal in largely positive terms, a vocal minority suggested that this custom encouraged a host of social ills, including drug and alcohol use, sexual experimentation, mental illness, suicide, occult activities, and possession of forbidden forms of popular culture (e.g. comic books and heavy metal music). Many of these complaints seem to have centered around the notion that the teen bedroom offered teenagers too much privacy, thus encouraging the younger generation to engage in behavior that wouldn't have been possible in an era when stricter forms of parental surveillance were more prevalent.
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