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November 14, 2013

America's The Loneliest Country In The World - Could It Be Because We've Abandoned The Traditional Family Structure?

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Food for thought, and a must-read for all Americans - regardless of their individual political leanings.

Michael Snyder writes at The D.C. Clothesline:

Of all the nations on the entire planet, the United States is the most lonely place to be. We have the highest percentage of one person households on the entire globe, and the average size of our households has been steadily decreasing. Studies have shown that the number of close friends that Americans have is falling, and we have the highest divorce rate in the world by a wide margin. So why is this happening? Does this have anything to do with the fact that America is abandoning the traditional family structure? Back in the 1960s, the "sexual revolution" fundamentally changed the way that millions of Americans viewed sex and love. By throwing out all of the old boundaries, many Americans believed that they would ultimately be able to have more sex and more love. Today, this manifests itself in a "hookup culture" that is constantly being promoted as "healthy" in our popular music, in our television shows and in our movies. But instead of this "hookup culture" resulting in more sex and more love, most Americans are discovering that it leads to just the opposite. We have become a nation of desperately lonely people that have very few real ties to others.

Never in the history of our nation have Americans been so isolated from one another. Most people get up in the morning, drive to work or school, perhaps do a little shopping afterwards, and then drive home again. The rest of the evening is typically spent in front of the television or on some sort of electronic device.

In addition, most Americans spend precious little time attending social gatherings of any sort these days. Church attendance is at historic lows, and most people don't take the time or the effort to get involved in other types of social groups.

And even when Americans do go out and try to meet people, the relationships that are formed are very much "on the surface" at best. The truth is that most Americans have very few "close friends". Just take a moment and consider how many people outside your immediate family actually "love you" and would be there for you no matter what. For most Americans that number is depressingly low.

In a desperate attempt for human love and interaction, an increasing number of Americans have turned to social networking websites such as Facebook to fill that void. For the desperately lonely, some human contact is better than none. In fact, a growing number of people are so desperate for people to talk with them that they will pretend to be someone else online. Many will even use an attractive picture of someone else in an attempt to try to lure others. This has become so common that this phenomenon has even been given a name. It is known as "catfishing", and it has grown to epidemic levels.

Other Americans deal with their loneliness by recklessly indulging in food, drugs, gambling, shopping or other addictions. We are a fundamentally unhappy nation, and this is reflected in the fact that we lead the world in antidepressant use. In fact, the total number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled between 1996 and 2005.

It's well worth your time to read the whole thing.

Posted by Hyscience at November 14, 2013 4:36 PM

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