Monday, September 3, 2012

40 Signs That We Have Seriously Messed Up The Next Generation Of Americans

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Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

What in the world have we done to our kids? If you spend much time with them, you quickly realize that the next generation of Americans is woefully unprepared to deal with the real world. They are overweight, lazy, undisciplined, disrespectful, disobedient to their parents, selfish, self-centered, and completely addicted to entertainment. And that is just for starters.

We feed them insane amounts of sugar and high fructose corn syrup and then when they become overactive we pump them full of prescription drugs to calm them down. Instead of raising our children ourselves, we allow the government schools and the entertainment industry to do it. By the time they reach the age of 18, they have spent far more time with their teachers, their video games and the television than they have spent with us.

Our young people are #1 in a lot of global categories, but almost all of them are bad. Young people in the United States are more obese than anyone else in the world, more sexually active than anyone else in the world and they become pregnant more often than anyone else in the world. Of course it probably doesn't help that we have the highest divorce rate in the world either. Our families are a complete and total mess, and it is our kids that are paying the price. One top of everything else, we have accumulated a 16 trillion dollar debt which we will be handing down to the next generation. I am sure that they will appreciate that.

The following are 40 signs that we have seriously messed up the next generation of Americans....

1. Approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be either "low income" or impoverished.

2. More than 25 percent of all U.S. children have a chronic health condition that affects their ability to learn. Perhaps we should not be feeling them so much junk food.

3. In 2011, SAT scores for young men were the worst that they had been in 40 years.

4. The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games before the age of 21.

5. One study discovered that 88 percent of all Americans between the ages of 8 and 18 play video games, and that approximately four times as many boys are addicted to video games as girls are.

6. According to a survey conducted by the National Geographic Society, only 37 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find the nation of Iraq on a map.

7. According to one survey, 50 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 cannot find the state of New York on a blank map.

8. Only 26 percent of Oklahoma high school students know what the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called.

9. Only 10 percent of Oklahoma high school students know how many justices sit on the Supreme Court.

10. At this point, 15-year-olds that attend U.S. public schools do not even rank in the top half of all industrialized nations when it comes to math or science literacy.

11. Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.

12. The United States leads the world in eating disorder deaths.

13. The average American drinks more than 600 sodas every single year. That is by far the most in the world.

14. Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese. Right now, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese, and it is being projected that number will rise to 42 percent by 2030.

15. In America today, many families allow the television to raise their children. In fact, the United States is tied with the U.K. for the most hours of television watched per person each week.

16. There are more school shootings in America than anywhere else in the world.

17. The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin. This is ripping millions of families with children to shreds.

18. Without solid family units, more kids than ever are joining gangs. Today, there are approximately 1.4 million gang members living inside the United States. That number has risen by 40 percent just since 2009.

19. There are more than 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States every single year.

20. If you can believe it, an average of five children die as a result of child abuse in the United States every single day.

21. Sadly, the United States actually has the highest child abuse death rate on the entire globe.

22. Approximately 20 percent of all child sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8.

23. In the United States today, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults.

24. According to researchers, convicted rapists in the United States report that two-thirds of their victims were under 18, and among those cases 58% said that their victims were 12 years old or younger.

25. The percentage of children living in poverty has risen from 17 percent in 2007 to 22 percent today.

26. Today, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

27. It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

28. As I have written about previously, approximately 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States are on food stamps.

29. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4 percent of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1 percent of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6 percent of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6 percent of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.

30. It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.

31. It is estimated that child homelessness in the United States has risen by 33 percent since 2007.

32. Right now, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

33. Law enforcement officials estimate that about 600,000 Americans and about 65,000 Canadians are trading dirty child pictures online.

34. The average high school boy spends two hours watching pornography every single week.

35. An astounding 30 percent of all Internet traffic now goes to pornography websites, and the U.S. produces more pornography than any other nation has in the history of the world.

36. In the United States today, 47 percent of all high school students have had sex.

37. One out of every four teen girls in the United States now has an STD.

38. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate on the entire planet by a wide margin.

39. One survey found that one out of every five teen girls actually wants to be a teen mom.

40. We have borrowed 16 trillion dollars that we expect future generations to repay. We have consigned our children and our grandchildren to a lifetime of debt slavery and they don't even realize it yet. When they do realize what we have done to them they will probably curse us bitterly.

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SSandersMA said...

I resent the fact that you feel fat is something pejorative. There is nothing inherently wrong with fat! A chief reason for our aversion to fat is marketing! Weight obsession sells products; in fact, big tobacco was one of the first products to use fatphobia to market cigarettes! Many of today's kids are far more astute when it comes to seeing thru marketing. Sure you are not just jealous of their critical thinking skills are advance technological acumen?

Anonymous said...

usa is # 1 lol

Anonymous said...

20 percent of all child sex abuse victims are under the age of 8 and one out of every four children is on food stamps but all you can discuss is your ideas about weight? You are a part of the problem. I sincerely hope that no children are allowed near you. Then I hope you have enough common sense to put the fork down and seek counseling for your disturbed priorities.

Anonymous said...

I agree that child sex abuse is a horrific problem but it is well hidden and it seems no government entity wants to deal with it. They would rather force your child to undergo chemo or get vaccinated - that's their focus. The desire for control over the populace and a little help from Big Pharma encourages them. There is no direct government profit in prosecuting abuse (and they may expose their own). It costs money to prosecute.

As for fat - yes sometimes it should be 'perjorative'. And yes, there's nothing wrong with it until you invade my space. It seems almost every time I have to fly somewhere, I'm seated next to someone 300 pounds whose body overflows onto my seat and they want the armrest left up. SORRY - I do not want your fat pressing up against me. Buy 2 tickets or stay home. And I'm a few pounds overweight but not over seat. Don't give me that marketing crap. If you have time to post here you have time to research how to take control of your life and get rid of those extra 150 pounds.

Anonymous said...

lying - we so prosper
We give 12 billion to Israel
We give 3 billion to Egypt (I am not sure they get it anymore)
please correct is it billion or million to Pakistan
and we are building the entire nation of Afghanistan, and Iraq after reining it with our own expense.
...and you your telling me we all these problem at home?
well lets invade this dame country called America. We will free its people and their kids from tyrannies.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, I had a job. I drove a forktruck at the age of ten, and did a lot of work that would be illegal now. Kids today have to compete with illegals fow work. None of them do more than flip burgers in this overregulated country. Mfg is dying fast.
Its my fault, and yours. Come, lets take to the ramparts for Ron Paul. It will he a start, and its obviously pointless anyway.

Anonymous said...

A feminist paradise!!!!

Anonymous said...

This doesn't even address the huge problem, as big or bigger than "the War on Drugs" of human trafficking; here, as it pertains to the involvement of children. This is a huge crime worldwide, including the US. Add these stats to the ones in the article, re: physical/sexual abuse, and death as a result of. Sadly, many are nameless, faceless victims whose life and death goes unobserved and unrecorded. Children are routinely taken, or purchased from children's homes and ophanages around the world. An example in the US is The Franklin Coverup and the connection to Boy's Town. Some of these children are homeless, sold by their parents (mostly, but not all, impoverished), or had the misfortune to be born female. In the US, it's big business to kidnap teenage girls off the street, or with the aid of a "friend" and forced to work truck stops across the country. Why is this allowed to continue? I would have to say, it's most likely because, just like the drug trade, the trade in human flesh is making alot of money for some really important people. Disgusting, but true.

Anonymous said...

Statistics are so boring areen't they? Why not write a proper article?

Anonymous said...

@SSandersMA who posted on September 3, 2012 10:53AM

Your MySpace description reads: 'FatNSassy'.

No wonder the knee-jerk reaction to the pejorative term of being fat.

Being fat is a symptom of a larger problem: a lack of self-discipline. Not wanting to exercise, and constantly stuffing your mouth with junk food. Don't blame genes or marketing for your lack of willpower.

The easier and more comfortable option for fat people is to delude oneself into thinking that curves are beautiful, "I'm a BBW and proud of it!", don't judge me yada yada.

Even if you don't care about what others think of your body size, stroke, diabetes, heart disease and a myriad of other very real, very deadly, obesity-related diseases will definitely lower the quality of your life, even shorten your life.

Take heed SSandersMA a.k.a FatNSassy. Your body, your life, your choice. Do something for youself instead of making the same excuses over and over again.

Anonymous said...

Read this and laugh, it's in alphabetical order so take your time, it's shocking at the same time it's hysterical.

Paul Panza said...

It's time for the "Fat Tax" - a real step towards health care without the penalties falling on the healthy. If you are more than 25lbs. overweight you are a burden to yourself and the society around you. For every 2lbs. overweight you are 1% further up the mortality scale. 25lbs overweight equals 50%.

Anonymous said...

Ya know what? Screw them.

B Erhart said...

Result of society's debt enslavement. People forsake their own parenting instincts to accommodate runaway materialism.

Children want their parents, NOT things as a parent placebo. Unfortunately, young parents are forced to spend most of their time away from their children just to live

Unknown said...

In England Im having a hell job to stee my son from war games xbox etc, he even now actually agree they are bad, and no longer wants them. I have told him if he want to be in the 5th Dimension he has to be away from them, it seems to work. What will happen now hes in high School I dont know, for all the school makes out they want parent involment, I dont think so really. At primary level you were made to feel inferior if you complained about bullying etc, it was always some psycological claptrap. Its not easy to get kids away from this synthetic hell hole but I try. We dont eat red meat or pork and try healthy food so far as money goes. The world is changing fast, all this wordly business will be a thing of the past, lets hope they survive.

Anonymous said...

I heard the same thing back in the 1960s and 70s. As a generation we were spoiled, lazy, and more interested in sex and music than school and work. Guilty as charged. Although most kids I see today don't compare well with the "losers" I grew up with, it's still possible to raise a normal kid. My son did well in school and university and became a responsible adult. He and every other young person who is physically and mentally healthy had a structured environment with reasonable parental expectations.

If you want to raise soft-bellied glassy-eyed mutants, do what my neighbours did: Hire a gardener instead of having your kids do even the simplest yard work, buy take out food instead of cooking meals at home, encourage your kids to sit inside the house all day and have them stay at home if you do any shopping for the family, chauffeur them to school and all appointments, and make sure you have no parent/child projects. It's guaranteed to work every time.

sixtyten said...

There are a lot of bright young people these days. This article is a poorly written, negative Nancy POS.

Anonymous said...

Between the fat slobs soaking up healthcare, the teachers unions dumbing down kids and our addiction to borrowing money to keep living the high life we have set ourseplves and the youth of today up for a big fall.

So keep gobbling down big macs and ignore the problem. Me? I am heading for the Netherlands, Canada or New Zealand.

John Wernz said...

I am 62 and spent an inordinate amount of time working with my kids on their schoolwork. After years pasted of this, I realized the horrific, awful, almost incomprehensible TRUTH... very little that is taught is going to have much usefulness to them. Long division is obscene to teach to kids. Neither I nor any of the people I know EVER USE IT! Yet I have had repeated debates with people who argue for it to continue to use up too too much time and effort in the school system. The list just goes on and on. The reason kids are intensely bored with school and learning isn't because lack of funding... it's because of the emphasize on boring and useless materials that are taught in a boring lecture style of teaching (Could anyone possibly think of a more boring method of teaching???). We need interactive learning (No, not one kid to one computer), that DRAWS THE ANSWERS from children with FACILITATORS.. NOT TEACHERS. Most teachers start out wanting to teach. They are doomed to fail because the system they themselves are taught from is archaic and inefficient. It isn't the teachers Unions, or the Democrats or Republicans.. it's the psychopaths at the top that get their jollies from creating pain, disillusionment, and boredom in the tens of millions they design so called "Educational Systems" for.

Anonymous said...

The writer doesn't know it yet but he/she just realized what overpopulation does to a country, world and community. There are simply too many people on the planet and those numbers will just get worse as we add 100 million plus children each year to the population. Maybe someday the world will wake up and realize ALL this stems from too many people on the planet.

Anonymous said...

This list would be much more interesting if it included basic facts about these "studies" and "surveys" (such as sample size, date, whether other studies have turned up the same results, etc.) and if it didn't contain a number of opinionated jabs and random unrelated moral arguments mixed in with purported facts. A spelling and grammar check probably wouldn't have hurt, either.

Truther said...

You might want to be careful when citing statistics & using them to compare to “the rest of the world”. You need to keep in mind that many nations of the world, most notably muslim countries & corrupt 3rd world nations like those in the Caribbean, DON’T PROPERLY RECORD their rape/violence/assault against women etc rate.

Many don’t even report it due to fear of punishment of the victim. Saudi Arabia & Pakistan for example don’t rank as better places for women’s safety nor do they have a lower child abuse or women abuse rate, please.

And lower divorce rate does not necessarily mean better families. Muslims often have lower divorce rates even in non-muslim nations because the women are brainwashed into staying (even by other so-called women in their religion) & Muslim families are filled with problems. Don’t be fooled that an intact marriage = happiness & functionality. Muslim & Hindu families are the most dysfunctional I know, & when they come to the West it shows. Right now, most of the rape & crime against women & even children are committed by Muslim men in Europe.

At least the US has freedom of choice & any problems can be fixed. When you’re a zombie religious fanatic it’s hard to go back, it spreads alarmingly fast & there is no freedom to choose. And kids in other nations are corrupted by other factors such as religion, which leads to a more serious set of problems. Not really different from being zombiefied by video games & porn. Oh, muslims tend to have a serious psychosexual dysfunction with women too, & also love the porn. Muslim kids aren’t exactly the epitome of knowledge & logical reasoning either. It just isn’t publicly discussed. SO this really isn’t a fair comparison.

Like I said, not everyone reports & is even AWARE of their problems. And Muslims deny their society is anything but perfect. The US isn’t that badly off.

And weight can be lost. It's much easier to lose than a muslim or zionist mentality, IMO.

Earl Griffin said...

When I grow up - I want to be Michael Snyder.

My son will be born in six weeks sir. Your article has made me think that there are some important changes that I need to make. Thank you for your good work. I really do admire your writing.

Aguasilver said...

How long ago did America ban God and prayer from their classrooms?

I think you will find a direct correlation in the stats to the dates.

Good article, posted and passed forward.

Katana said...

@SSandersMA I love that your few words made a better point than this entire article.

This article is poorly written, and not a single 'statistic' was cited. Therefore your argument is completely useless.

Anonymous said...

I didn't hand any generation any debt. The out of control government tag teamed with the fed reserve who was in office during the span of my life is responsible for putting Gen Y in deep debt. If we invest in our young people, we must invest teaching them the truth.

friday's child said...

this list isn't complete.. you failed to cite the staggering abortion rates in the US because americans use abortion as a form of birth control rather than a last resort in cases of rape or incest.. MAAFA21, planned parenthood is committing genocide in black neighborhoods

Eric Parsons said...

What's wrong with fat?
Diabetes, heart desiese, circulation problems, joint problems and they are just the ones i can think of off the top of my head.
In most cases, our children are fat bevause we as parents are either too lazy, or too tired because we are forced to work extra jobs/hours to keep up or too stupid to see it.
Its not just marketing. It's a serious problem.

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