22 Troubling Statistics Of Young People In America


I found the following list of statistics over on TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com, which I excerpted and would like to share with you here on our website as food for thought.

We live in a constantly evolving society in which systemic and behavioral changes occur over time – often particularly affecting our young people as to who they are, and how they behave, due to changes in their parents behavior (compared with earlier generations), technology and marketing, the economy and it’s effects, the workplace, and the changing behaviors of society itself.

We cannot stop this evolution, but we can be aware of it and adapt accordingly – preferably for the better. If we recognize the forces at work, we can adjust to it and potentially avoid some of the bad side effects.


#1 Males account for approximately 70 percent of all D’s and F’s in U.S. public schools.

#2 About two-thirds of all students in “special education programs” are boys.

#3 The average American girl spends 5 hours a week playing video games. The average American boy spends 13 hours a week playing video games.

#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 video game addiction is approximately four times as common among boys as it is among girls.

#6 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.

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

#8 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.

#9 According to the New York Times, approximately 57 percent of all young people enrolled at U.S. colleges are women.

#10 It is being projected that women will earn 60 percent of all Bachelor’s degrees from U.S. universities by the year 2016.

#11 Even if they do graduate from college, most of our young men still can’t find a decent job. An astounding 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor’s degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed during 2011.

#12 Pornography addiction is a major problem among our young men. An astounding 30 percent of all Internet traffic now goes to pornography websites, and one survey found that 25 percent of all employees that have Internet access in the United States even visit sex websites while they are at work.

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

#14 The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate on the entire planet.

#15 In the United States today, one out of every four teen girls has at least one sexually transmitted disease (It takes two to tango).

#16 Right now, approximately 53 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 24 year old age bracket are living at home with their parents.

#17 According to one survey, 29 percent of all Americans in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket are still living with their parents.

#18 Young men are nearly twice as likely to live with their parents as young women the same age are.

#19 Overall, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents in the United States right now according to Time Magazine.

#20 Today, an all-time low 44.2% of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 are married.

#21 Back in 1950, 78 percent of all households in the United States contained a married couple. Today, that number has declined to 48 percent.

#22 Young men are about four times more likely to commit suicide as young women are.

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  1. I graduated in 2006 joined the Marines right out of high school; I was too poor to afford college and, I didn’t want to live off the government tit (student loans I know the irony). I find that men my age aren’t really men; save a select few. The thing is I don’t blame them; this cancer has been festering in our country for sometime now. Frankly I find the cause of this collective emasculation of america; starts with the Babyboomers disagree all you like. The fact remain that they were the Hippies they were the free love, sex, drugs, lazy-layabouts. They made it cool to not serve your country. They made it cool to not work. I could list on and on and on; the point is they had kids, taught their kids that this attitude was right. The cycle spiraled to this point were even the people who started this attitude don’t even know us. Before you cast judgement on my generation know where it all started

    P.s. I vote conservitive and attend church every Sunday. I do not intend any disrespect to my elders; someone has to call a spade a spade

    1. It is time for Extreme honesty in this country and no one wants to face that type of honesty. Like the Generational welfare recipients of today teaching thier children that it’s OK not to be a productive member of society. But no one wants to shun these people or take away thier benefits because it’s “Not politically correct”. I could go on and on with example but will stop here. I only hope it’s not too late for the nitwits driving this Bus off the cliff to remove the blindfolds and take the wheel again ( I do fear it is too late though)

    2. Man you sound like an old school kind of guy to me, I’m proud to read a post like this from a young guy like you, sadly you are one of the few. I agree that the boomers are guilty, most, not all though. Myself, I’m a pre boomer by a little bit, born in 44. I raised my sons with a belt and switch and in church, now I’m proud to say they are conservative as much as me and love their dear old Pop. Keep up the good work marine and call it like it is

  2. At the same time one cannot shirk the facts listed above my generation has grown fat and soft just look at the obeseity* rates in america I know that it is incumbant upon me to raise my boy right just like my father tried to……..I agree the system is flawed the above stats are proof I know there are good strong men out there in the country why can’t there be more

  3. Interesting list. I think the degradation of our society began with Lyndon Baines Johnson and his “Great Society”. When we made it “profitable” for poor people to breed out of wedlock, we gave implicit permission to ignore societal norms and behave recklessly. Far too many kids are living with a single parent and multiple siblings, sometimes each with a different father. We removed all responsibility from these now permanently dependent people and gave the green light to this whole mess. Flash forward a few years, add in technological advances that make instant gratification possible and gratuitous sex and violence normalized and we have the screwed up bunch of idiots roaming the streets today. children began to go feral when we took the power of discipline away from school authority figures and indeed parents. In many places, giving a whining little kid a quick smack will land you in jail and your kids in foster homes. I’m not too worried though because when the current paradigm shifts away from here and the edifice crumbles [think worldwide banking collapse] and everyone becomes immediately responsible for their own survival, God will return to our lives in a very real way, and folks will learn all over again that it is hard work, cooperation, family and friends that make a society work, not Facebook and Instagram,.

    Just my two cents.

  4. this group of young people were raised by “the greatest generation”

    what the hell happened ?

  5. For many reasons young men have been “wussified” over the last 30 years or so in the US. My wife and I raised two boys into young men and we did it on one salary. We felt very strongly that having a Mother around daily while the Father worked and Provided for the family was vital to raising a healthy young man. Sure we did without some things but the prize was seeing our little boys become respectful young men who treat women with reverence.

    Call me old fashioned but Mothers in the workforce and Fathers abandoning their responsibilities may be a huge reason that our nation’s young men are like they are. Out of Wedlock births cannot be a good thing.

    If a mother works all day there is the possibility that they feel guilty for not being around their children so they try and over compensate by filling their lives with numerous activities…constantly shuttling their little “all-star” to the many little league games/practices or other activities to the point of having what we called the “frantic parent syndrome”. If there is a father in the picture he often feels emasculated because he can’t provide for his family by himself…or simply feels like crap because his wife is working all day. For me it sure was nice to come home to a dinner prepared by my wife. And it was really rewarding to hear my boys say later in life that their Dad loved and respected their Mom enough to allow her to stay at home and raise them. Did we do everything right? Hell no, but there was no doubt of our roles and kids like to have consistency. Mom was Mom and Dad was Dad. None of this role reversal crap that confuses kids and leads to some bad stuff.

    Sadly, just Check out a Boy Scout meeting today and you will see more Mothers than Fathers. Our older son is an Eagle Scout with excellent survival skills and we purposely allowed him to succeed and fail on his own…in Scouting, Sports, School and life. Yes, I took some good nature kidding from some of our friends for not going to every Scout camp-out but my son stuck it out and made it to Eagle on his own while others dropped out. Plus, I got to spend some nice quiet weekends with my wife enjoying the “rewards of marriage”!

    Sports are another example, today every child gets a trophy, every child plays regardless of skill level or work ethic. Go to a youth sporting event and watch the parents drive up and carry their kids equipment! Disgusting. When our youngest son started playing youth hockey, we made him carry his own equipment bag to the snobbish sneers of many a parent. Well our son is still playing today at the Junior level and most of his peers quit because it was too hard, It was common to see the parents and the coaches tell Junior over and over again how good he is and refuse to allow them to face reality. When reality finally slaps Junior in the face, he can’t handle it. In sports everyone gets cut eventually and few make it to the top! It is how you handle it that makes a difference.

    Keep your kids busy doing physical activities and they don’t have the time or energy to do stupid things with the computer or video games. Sure our boys played video games, but I did not have a problem walking up to the TV and shutting it off if I felt like they had played too long. Same with the computer, it was in our family room and we as parents could see what they were doing the whole time. We didn’t give them the chance to go on some porn website.

    There are many more reasons but I think two parent homes are important, having a Dad who kicks his son’s ass when needed, hugs him when needed and lets him succeed and fail on his own is necessary to raising a healthy young man. Having a Mother that encourages her son and is at home to greet them from school, to give him the necessary love is so very important. I think we are missing some of that.

  6. What happened is that no one is allowed to discipline kids anymore. You can’t correct your own child (verbal correction = mental abuse, physical correction = assault) teachers and school administrators can’t correct them (might damage their self-esteem) your neighbors can’t correct them or face going to jail.

    Yeah, I know, I’m old…..but when I was growing up ANYONE could stop you from doing stupid or wrong things. Mom & Dad could spank us, and they did. Our school principal had a long wooden paddle on his office wall, and used it. Our neighbors see us running amok? They’d stop us and drag us home to our parents.
    I don’t feel mentally abused, assaulted, or have damaged self esteem from any of this. Quite the opposite, I learned what behavior was acceptable and what was not.
    Everyone felt responsible for kids whether they were your kids or not. Now no one is responsible and it’s showing in some terrible ways.

    1. I think there’s a plethora of reasons for the problems that we now have in our society, I don’t think you can boil it down to one thing, except perhaps the removal of Christ from our lives. Which evolved into the breakdown of the family, which started in the 60s & 70s. After the breakdown of the family came the government placing themselves in the position of family. Which led to the discipline issue you speak.

      One thing I’ll point out, in this latest instance in which the guy was autistic. I have a nephew whom is autistic, and I can tell you one thing for sure: his issue has nothing to do with spanking, and that spanking/disciplining him would do absolutely nothing beneficial. Autism is a mental problem, not something to be punished for. But, in general, yes I do believe some adults should have been spanked more when they were children. Or at the least, told “no” every once in a while.

  7. SO Here’s a question. Why Is it, Aside from the obvious “It’s not politically correct and doesn’t bring votes” answer, That these societal issues aren’t being addressed? I don’t mean they aren’t being addressed effectively, They aren’t being addressed AT ALL! Lack of effective parenting (By this I mean paying attention to what you’re children are doing, Who with and Why, Setting limits, chores and boundaries and enforcing punishments) Generational entitlements which encourage laziness, Way too gentle punishment (Too many hugs for thugs) for criminals…ETC. Looking for true opinions.

  8. Well I worked and my husband worked and my son turned out fine. He was the top of his class and is now doing well in college. We never had problems with him in school and he never got in trouble. Ok with that being said, when my husband coached his little league teams we were NOT ok with the “everybody” wins thing. We had to literally fight people on that. There are winners and losers, that is how it is. My husband and I are tough disciplinarians. When he pouted on the baseball field and threw off his helmet, he was pulled from the game and didn’t play the rest of it and guess what, it NEVER happened again.
    My son had chores. He knows how to do laundry, basic cooking and cleaning. Even with him in college, I usually know where he is, STILL!! It’s about communication and a relationship. I constantly ask him nosey questions. I am a nosey mom. Too many parents are self indulgent, caring only about themselves and their cyber friends and cyber worlds.

    Did he play video games? Yes! Of course we allowed that, not all day, all the time. TV, sure, but not all day.

    And the most important thing! JESUS CHRIST! The very center of our family. We try our best to put him first.

    I know most of you blame taking God out of schools. I disagree to a point. I believe it’s not my schools job to instill morals and values and teach my child about God. That is my job. That is where parenting comes in. You cannot rely on other people or the government to take care of your children.

    1. Awesome Job Texasgirl. Thank you. My point exactly- Most parents now don’t want to “parent”, They don’t want to “Invade” their children’s privacy or interrupt their children’s video games long enough to TALK with them. You, and many others who do the right things for their Kids are awesome, But ,unfortunatley among the minority of “parents” these days. It’s a shame that our country is swirling the drain when the Fixes that begin at home, Like being a good parent, are really easy.

    2. sounds like a deal.me im disabled by county judge and employer. disciplined my son but no paddles,belts or switches.no bruises welts blood or harm. good grades yes. has his own music plays country. i let my son think.make choices.we cant make all choices for our kids.we must teach without harm. cant hav kids afraid to speak or afraid to enter school or go home. when we get old we may b badly treated by our kids.we cant lay all on one adult or allow some teacher to beat our kids because he or she wants to. especially for those minor mistakes like hair.seems to me teachers are way off base. what happened to books? learning? since parents buy and pay for all of it and they approve,its up to them.schools need tu butt oooouuuutttt. its not ur job.sorry yo sway to nuther subject. dont make kids afraid to go to school. no kids no teachers pay.

  9. boys are not being parented to be men. they are not allowed to rough house or wrestle. being active (the sign of a person who wants to do physical labor) in school is suppressed and punished. aggression is left fruitlessly unfocused because boys lack education from fathers about the appropriate use of aggression and how to control aggression.

    they are told that it’s ok to be a fat and lazy. listlessness is acceptable. video game prowess is replacing physical competency. no wonder boys explode into unprovoked violence when they feel powerless and stifled, ashamed of natural aggression and lacking any outlet.

    men deserve the criticism. those who complain about men being unfairly targeted are clinging to a whiny regime of artificial equivalency. we don’t take care of our women and children. we don’t take care of our communities. we don’t lead our organizations. we deserve condemnation.

    western civilization has remained patriarchal throughout it’s development, peak, and decline. there is no way that a very minor contemporary feminism has neutered males, so stop being such a whiny loser and blaming hillary clinton. put on your boots and backpack and take some kids hiking. give them each strong sticks and set them to work beating trees and running.

    teach your sons. teach your nephews. spend time with them. create the next generation of men to be more than what the recent past has degenerated into. currently, we are pathetic.

  10. Ken, we didn’t both work to buy more by any means, just to clarify. We both had to work just to make ends meet. If I could have stayed home, I would have loved to have stayed home. We didn’t own a fancy home, we rented a tiny little home and drove two old vehicles. We were just two young parents trying to get by on OUR own without any assistance. Nobody helped us.
    Now we own our home, nothing fancy, still drive old vehicles, to put him through college.
    We by no means live a fancy lifestyle.
    I think our society has just gotten used to wanting to live like the Jones’s. Kids are lazy. Even in sports. They quit if they don’t get the position they want. Most kids in my son’s class came from broken homes and use that as an excuse for doing poorly instead of trying to better themselves.
    Don’t get me wrong, we are not perfect either. I wish I could do somethings over. But as you grow up you learn from your mistakes. I am talking about saving money, etc. We were just were never taught that growing up. Boy am I learning now, save, prep, be ready.

    1. You nailed it… for the most part, both parents have to work to make ends meet. This is to a great extent, the thing that has changed. This was not always the case. ‘The System’ has eroded our purchasing power slow but sure, and now in order to live middle class you pretty much need two incomes, unless one of you happens to have an exceptional well paying job. Having said that, generally speaking we do live better than our parents did in that we have more things than they did (again… generally speaking), and we buy them. Today, in order to successfully raise a family with one income, it will require great sacrifice for most people. The middle class have been getting drained dry for decades… there’s not much left.

    2. Texasgirl, it sounds like you and your husband did a fine job and I agree that having Jesus in the home is the parents responsibility not the school. I didn’t mean to imply that all working mothers were a bad thing. It is the individual that makes the difference and it sounds like you got the “right stuff”! I had to smile when I read your post about little league parents and their lunacy. Merry Christmas to all

  11. No prob RL…I could tell you some stories about some little league parents. Wow. There are some messed up parents out there let me tell you. Sometimes my mouth would just hang open and I would stare at disbelief.

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