10 Shocking Facts About Life In America
America is undoubtedly one of the greatest countries in the world where a person can live. Unfortunately, the promise this great land once offered has started to dwindle due to the vast number of unforeseen circumstances that is shaping its landscape. America is now facing quite a few stern problems now and life in general is changing quite rapidly. You might have a picture in mind about life in America, but these facts show that things are actually quite different.
The family system seems to be slowing eroding in America as suggested by a recent study. There seems to have been a 26% drop in marriage between the age group of 20-34 since 1940 to 2010. During this period, there was also a 28% increase in people who have never been married. This suggest that people in America are either getting married very late these days or simply not getting married at all.
America’s health is clearly deteriorating quite rapidly and this comes down to various factors. Nearly 7% of Americans claim that they never bathe, which means a lot of problems stem from this level of uncleanliness. Apart from that, nearly one in every three American is obese and you also have a 40% chance of developing cancer if you stay here. The U.S also ranks number one in terms of mental disorder diagnosis worldwide. This is definitely some scary conditions brewing our country.
Junk Food Craze
America definitely loves its junk food, possibly more than any other country in the world. This unhealthy lifestyle is definitely not good for the people and affects children in numerous ways. An American drinks about 600 sodas a year on an average. Not only that, we eat 100 pounds of chocolate every second and consume 100 acres of pizza on a daily basis. The list of these shocking junk food statistics is nearly endless.
Overexposure To Television
Kids in America are simply not playing as much as they used to before. The sheer number of electronics and gadgets are just too distracting for them. On an average, a child in America watches a staggering 5,000 hours of television before even entering kindergarten.
Poor Education In Washington D.C
According to a study conducted in 2011, D.C spent more money trying to educate a single student than any other place in the country, nearly 19,000 dollars per student. Despite this, D.C has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Where is all this money going?
Change In Cause Of Death
Due to all these drastic changes in the environment and our own consumption habits, Americans are even starting to die differently now. In 1990, the biggest cause of death was pneumonia and influenza. Now, out biggest problem is heart disease, and smoking killing nearly one in every five Americans.
For a country that is supposed to be one of the richest in the world, we have a lot of poor and homeless people fighting the tough life on a daily basis. A study in 2011 showed that nearly half of the American population is considered to be low income or living in poverty. This means that nearly 145 million people in America are currently poor.
Illiteracy is a major cause for concern, because the whole concept of development and democracy is built around having an educated population that make smart decisions for themselves. A study conducted by the Department of Education and National Institute of Literacy showed that nearly 32 million adults in America can’t read
Apple Is Making More Money Than The Government
When a corporation becomes as wealthy as a government, then you know that things are definitely out of order. Apple and Microsoft both make more money that the US government currently, and in fact, Apple makes twice as much now.
Fewer Religious People
There is a definite rise in the numbers of agnostics and atheists in the world. A lot of people consider this to be a sign of development despite this issue being highly controversial. America seems to one of those countries in the world that is leading the way in eroding religious beliefs. In 1972, five in one hundred people said that they do not have any religion. This number increased to 20 in 100, or 1 in 5, by 2010.