40 Shocking Facts About The Future Generation Of Americans
What in the world have we done to our kids?Â 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.Â They are overweight, lazy, undisciplined, disrespectful, disobedient to their parents, selfish, self-centered, and completely addicted to entertainment.Â And that is just for starters.Â 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.Â Instead of raising our children ourselves, we allow the government schools and the entertainment industry to do it.Â 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.Â Our young people are #1 in a lot of global categories, but almost all of them are bad.Â 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.Â Of course it probably doesn’t help that we have the highest divorce rate in the world either.Â Our families are a complete and total mess and it is our kids that are paying the price.Â One top of everything else, we have accumulated a 16 trillion dollar debt which we will be handing down to the next generation.Â 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.Â ApproximatelyÂ 57 percentÂ of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be either “low income” or impoverished.
2.Â More than 25 percentÂ of all U.S. children have a chronic health condition that affects their ability to learn.Â Perhaps we should not be feeding them so much junk food.
3.Â In 2011, SAT scores for young men were the worst that they had beenÂ in 40 years.
5.Â One study discovered thatÂ 88 percentÂ 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.Â According to a survey conducted by the National Geographic Society, onlyÂ 37 percentÂ of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find the nation of Iraq on a map.
7.Â According to one survey,Â 50 percentÂ of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 cannot find the state of New York on a blank map.
8.Â OnlyÂ 26 percentÂ of Oklahoma high school students know what the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called.
9.Â OnlyÂ 10 percentÂ of Oklahoma high school students know how many justices sit on the Supreme Court.
10.Â At this point, 15-year-olds that attend U.S. public schoolsÂ do not even rank in the top halfÂ of all industrialized nationsÂ when it comes toÂ mathÂ or science literacy.
11.Â Children in the United States areÂ three times more likelyÂ to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.
12.Â The United States leads the worldÂ in eating disorder deaths.
13.Â The average American drinksÂ more than 600 sodasÂ every single year.Â That is by far the most in the world.
14.Â Back in 1962,Â only 13 percentÂ of all Americans were obese.Â Right now, approximatelyÂ 36 percentÂ of all Americans are obese, and it is being projected that number will rise toÂ 42 percentÂ by 2030.
15.Â In America today, many families allow the television to raise their children.Â In fact, the United States is tied with the U.K. forÂ the most hours of television watched per personÂ each week.
16.Â There are moreÂ school shootingsÂ in America than anywhere else in the world.
17.Â The United States hasÂ the highest divorce rateÂ on the globe by a wide margin.Â This is ripping millions of families with children to shreds.
18.Â Without solid family units, more kids than ever are joining gangs.Â Today, there areÂ approximately 1.4 million gang membersÂ living inside the United States.Â That number has risen by 40 percent just since 2009.
19.Â There areÂ more than 3 million reportsÂ of child abuse in the United States every single year.
20.Â If you can believe it, an average of five children die as a result of child abuse in the United StatesÂ every single day.
21.Â Sadly, the United States actually has the highestÂ child abuse death rateÂ on the entire globe.
22.Â Approximately 20 percent of all child sexual abuse victimsÂ are under the age of 8.
23.Â In the United States today, it is estimated thatÂ one out of every fourÂ girls is sexually abused before they become adults.
24.Â According to researchers, convicted rapists in the United States reportÂ 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.Â The percentage of children living in poverty has risen from 17 percent in 2007 toÂ 22 percentÂ today.
26.Â Today,Â one out of every fourÂ American children is on food stamps.
27.Â It is being projected thatÂ approximately 50 percentÂ of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.
29.Â According to the National Center for Children in Poverty,Â 36.4 percentÂ of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty,Â 40.1 percentÂ of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty,Â 52.6 percentÂ of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty andÂ 53.6 percentÂ of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.
30.Â It is estimated that up toÂ half a millionÂ children may currently be homeless in the United States.
32.Â Right now, approximatelyÂ 25 millionÂ AmericanÂ adultsÂ are living with their parents.
33.Â Law enforcement officials estimate thatÂ about 600,000 Americans and about 65,000 CanadiansÂ are trading dirty child pictures online.
34.Â The average high school boy spendsÂ two hoursÂ watching pornography every single week.
36.Â In the United States today,Â 47 percentÂ of all high school students have had sex.
37.Â One out of every four teen girls in the United StatesÂ now has an STD.
38.Â The United States has the highestÂ teen pregnancy rateÂ on the entire planet by a wide margin.
39.Â One survey found thatÂ one out of every fiveÂ teen girls actually wants to be a teen mom.
40.Â We have borrowedÂ 16 trillion dollarsÂ that we expect future generations to repay.Â We have consigned our children and our grandchildren to a lifetime of debt slavery and they don’t even realize it yet.Â When they do realize what we have done to them they will probably curse us bitterly.
Written By Michael Snyder
Michael has an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Florida law school.Â Â He also has an LLM from the University of Florida law school. Michael has worked for some of the largestÂ lawÂ firmsÂ inÂ WashingtonÂ D.C., but now is mostly focus on trying to make a difference in the world.