It is so much easier being a student today. The internet is a fantastic source of knowledge. You are stuck with a math problem, google it and it is likely you find a solution somewhere. A generation ago, we did have access to all this. Hence it is significantly
easier to study and one would expect the current youth to be a higher level academically than ever before in history for this reason alone.
If it's easier for everyone to learn material, then the bar gets raised for how much material you need to learn. This is great for employers who can now require a Masters degree where they used to require a Bachelors, can require 2 internships where they used to require 1, etc. It's bad for students who have to expend more time and effort to compete with their peers.
Let's take the rental market as another example.
In past generations, if you had a unit you wanted to rent, you would post an ad in the town newspaper or on your church bulletin board. Next, you would vet a couple interested renters in-person and choose one.
Today, you post an ad on Zillow, get 1000 interested renters, email back a dozen, organize a couple group tours of the one unit, hand out lengthy application forms that come with a $100 application fee, run the applications through a background check company that combs databases for credit history, criminal history, employment verification, calls three required prior landlords, and finally offer the the unit the highest bidder, contingent on them paying a non-refundable $1500 "move-in free."
You can see why teens and young adults are committing suicide right and left.