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22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America

Young MenWhen are we finally going to admit that we have a very serious problem with this generation of young men in America?  We have failed them so dramatically that it is hard to put it into words.  We have raised an entire generation of young males that don't know how to be men, and many of them feel completely lost.  Sometimes they feel so lost that they "snap" in very destructive ways.  Adam Lanza and James Holmes are two names that come to mind.  Why is it that mass murderers are almost always young men?  Why don't young women behave the same way?  Sadly, Adam Lanza and James Holmes are just the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem in our society.  Our young women vastly outperform our young men in almost every important statistical category.  Young men are much more likely to perform poorly in school, they are much more likely to have disciplinary problems and they are much more likely to commit suicide.  In the old days, our young men would gather in the streets or in the parks to play with one another after school, but today most of them are content to spend countless hours feeding their addictions to video games, movies and other forms of entertainment.  When our young men grow up, many of them are extremely averse to taking on responsibility.  They want to have lots of sex, but they aren't interested in marriage.  They enjoy the comforts of living at home, but they don't want to go out and pursue career goals so that they can provide those things for themselves.  Our young men are supposed to be "the leaders of tomorrow", but instead many of them are a major burden on society.  When are we finally going to admit that something has gone horribly wrong?

There is even a name for this generation of young men that does not want to grow up.  It is called the "Peter Pan generation".  They want to enjoy the benefits of being grown up without ever taking on the responsibilities.  A member of this "Peter Pan generation" recent wrote an article for the Daily Mail in which he discussed what he and his friends are going through...

I haven’t yet had to grow up so, well, I haven’t.

Reckless, irresponsible and immature? Yes. But at least I can take comfort in the fact I am not alone.

Last week, I read that there is even a name for people such as me. We are the ‘Peter Pan generation’; a sizeable group of 25 to 40-year-olds who exist in a state of extended adolescence, avoiding the trappings of responsibility — marriage, mortgage, children — for as long as possible.

‘Our society is full of lost boys and girls hanging out at the edge of adulthood,’ says Professor Frank Furedi, a sociologist who has been studying this phenomenon, at the University of Kent.

‘Another word sometimes used to describe these people is “adultescent” — generally defined as someone who refuses to settle down and make commitments, and who would rather go on partying into middle age.’

Young men in America didn't always behave this way.  Several decades ago, men in America moved away from home, got married and had children much earlier than they do now.  But the young men of today seem to want to put off the "markers of adulthood" for as long as possible.  The following is from an outstanding article by Sandy Hingston...

Sociologists cite five “markers” or “milestones” that have traditionally defined our notion of adulthood: finishing school, moving away from the parental home, becoming financially independent, getting married, and having a child. In 1960, 65 percent of men had ticked off all five by age 30; by 2000, only a third had. The experts have plenty of explanations for what’s come to be called “extended adolescence” or “emerging adulthood”—or what New York Times columnist David Brooks calls the “Odyssey Years.” They blame helicopter parents, the burden of student loan debt, much higher poverty rates among young people (nearly half of all Americans ages 25 to 34 live below the national level), and a dearth of vo-tech training and manufacturing jobs. Almost 60 percent of parents are now giving money to their grown kids—an average of $38,340 per child in the years between ages 18 and 34. Whatever happened to the son looking after his mom?

So why is all of this happening?

Well, there are a whole host of reasons.  But certainly parents and our education system have to bear much of the blame.  In the old days, young men were taught what it means to "be a man", and morality was taught to young men both by their parents and in the schools.  But today, most young men have very little understanding of what "manhood" is, and our society has taught them that morality doesn't really matter.  Instead, television and movies constantly portray young men as sex-obsessed slackers that just want to party all the time, so that is what many of our young men have become.

How much better off would our society be if we had trained this generation of young men to love, honor, protect and take care of others?

How much better off would our society be if we had nurtured the manhood of our young men instead of teaching them to be ashamed of it?

How much better off would our society be if we had disciplined our young men and taught them morality when they were getting off track instead of just letting them do whatever they wanted?

The following are 22 stats that prove that there is something seriously wrong with young men in America today...

#1 Males account for approximately 70 percent of all Ds and Fs 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.  If our young men behaved differently this would not be happening.

#15 In the United States today, one out of every four teen girls has at least one sexually transmitted disease.  If our young men were not sex-obsessed idiots running around constantly looking to "score" these diseases would not be spreading like this.

#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.

So what do you think about this generation of young men in America?  Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below...

22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America

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  • TheCommentarian

    I agree. In general our youth need better guidance and leadership. However, this is one of the worst articles I’ve ever read. Not all 22 “stats” relate to young men directly and there is so much bias in the author’s approach. Sounds like “Michael” is angry because his sister got knocked up by a 34 year-old gamer living in his parent’s basement down the street and that’s not fair.

  • POZZIMYSTIC

    Girls are just Better! Being transgendered I have seen both sides of this fence. Guys lives are boring and dull in comparison. Testosterone is a cruel driver.

  • Hammerstrike

    “good luck feminists I hope you enjoy having sons who get beat up for being sensitive douche bags… ”

    That is exactly what such sickening emotional vampires would want to happen to their children.

  • notasucker

    Don’t fall for this individualism pro-article. It has some points.Ask yourself why do you want to move away from your family at 18? the people that love you the most in the world, that will always be their for you? Move away so what? You can buy more stuff. Take a family of with four kids they all move away, now they all need washers, dryers, stoves, fridges. Don’t put yourself in debt and become a slave. Stay home as long as you want just know your place.

    Boys you need to man up and LISTEN, Respect your parents and go out of your way to make their life easier while your at home with no job. BITE your tongue humor your mothers let them TALK to as long as they want, fix up the house, remember how good it felt to bring home something you made for your mom? Listen to a women acknowledges to them that you care about them, by listen to what they say. Doesn’t matter how you feel just listen to the end…how ever many hours that may take LOL.

    Ideally as in other countries families house have three stories top for grand parents, mid for main family kids, bottom for older males until grand parents die and everyone moves up a floor.

  • Responsibleformyself

    Reading the article and then reading all these men whining and blaming mommy, wife, girlfriend and all females for how their life has turned out, has only made the article valid in it’s point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.schlegel.372 Andrew Schlegel

    Dudes get an Asian chick (from asia) you can live a somewhat normal life

  • boris

    14 and 1 5 … sexist bullsh**. You could say young women need to close their legs just as easily. Its all mens fault yet women are completely equal in society. Sexism is a root of many problems and this war they have going on between men and women. I n not only american but many new age societies.

  • zuzu_petals

    ok.
    but our girls are raised in these same homes and are not having the adverse effects that boys are having…of course…they are having their own issues…but they arent filling our prisons and militaries with out of control killers, rapists, abductors and general criminals.

    • Rock Hard Tail

      By nature, males are more aggressive, and that’s the way it should be.

      Women, by nature, are soft and gentile for the most part, and that’s the way it should be.

  • The Phenomenal One

    ooo

    • Rock Hard Tail

      I agree. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?

  • centrist

    Believe me there are lots of older scheming women too-also the heart, soul and moral values are lacking in both men and women

  • Rabbi Goldstein

    The Jewish woman supports the Jewish nation from a seat of power that may be considered more “behind the scenes” than out front. While contemporary society tends to value the opposite type of power – that is, power of a more public type -Judaism assigns the same value to both internal and external power, and connects each of them to women and men, respectively. This gender-based type of assignment reflects ineradicable differences between the sexes, and is intended to bring out the unique potential of man and woman as both individuals and as a team.

  • centrist

    Strong independent women: Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Yael, St. Chlothilde, St. Bernadette, Mother Theresa…and let’s not forget the MOST important woman of all-The Blessed Virgin Mary-ya get my point-woman hater?

    • BetterThanGilliganNinja

      Here’s an idea: let’s all just stop talking and let it be. We’re beating a dead horse.

  • Alan

    While, I don’t think it is so serious. I come form a traditional family. My father is the head of our family. But we will discuss all the things in our family together. I feel very happy. Mom is very kind and mild.

  • Els Esquirols Zampabollos

    Els equirols mexicanos zampabollos ses unos inutiles

  • PeterAndrewNolan

    “I resent your remarks”

    So what? I don’t care what you western women say any more. You openly condone perjury, kidnapping, extortion and theft in the 99.9%+ majority.

    AFTER you hold your fellow women accountable for their crimes? THEN we might care what you have to say. Until then? “Pound sand”.

  • BetterThanGilliganNinja

    “If our young men behaved differently this would not be happening.”

    That kinda makes me mad. It’s not as if they’re being raped or something! The girls obviously were willing. How can you push all of the blame onto men?

  • rose zaedede

    hi

  • Sandra Bider

    This world is in great turmoil. But I believe we should take care of our business at home and not try to save the world. Do you think these people would help us, maybe supply the gas to us. But that’s just my opinion, I feel sorry for these people but we can’t save the whole world. We have people in the U.S. who need help. Help our own first!!

  • Fun Loving Nihilist

    #3 Girls may spend less time playing video games but that doesn’t mean their time is any more well spent than boys.

    #6 How is it the boy’s fault that schools suck? Teach them math and science instead of PC garbage or jesus crap and they will learn math and science.

    #11 Who is it their fault that they can’t find a job? They did what you told them; they went to college.

    #13 This is lower than I thought it’s be. So what?

    #14 Europe and Canada have a much higher abortion rate than the US.

    #15 Unless these girls are being raped they bare the same amount of responsibility as the boys.

    #20 Who cares about being married?

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  • Mimi

    Tell me something I don’t know! ;P

  • Gregory J. Pantschyschak Jr.

    It is about Time, Men Stood Up to The Plate and Took Charge Again, Forget What The liberal Media says, We have an obligation to our Spouses , Children and Our Nation to Take This Country Back!!,Semper Fi!!

  • Jonathan Fernando Swag

    Holaaa!!!

  • Shaq

    #15 is a pretty feminist statement? The fact that none smart enough not only to say the word “no” but not even smart enough to get tested is on both parties. So no man bashing bro.

  • Matthew

    I was special ed all through school. I had my mom do most anything for me in school. I grew up and got a job. but I didn’t get the boot until I was 30 thanks to my step dad. I have been happier on my own ever since.

  • webx

    I was hoping for a more neutral perspective on the issue. When women have issues, we say “what is society doing to cause women to end up this way”. When guys have issues “guys are just being idiots. Go back to the good ol’ days when men were men.”

    Could you also talk about the much higher suicide rate? How about the vast majority of unsheltered homeless being male? Or what about the aforementioned problem with wanting progressive men to accept all types of women, then turning around demanding men be the “real men” of the 40′s. Women shouldn’t be submissive, but anything other than a dominant, leaderly male is shameful? Sorry, you can’t have both.

    Maybe the reason guys have put so much time into video games comes from the lack of reality elsewhere. Where are the woods? The stuff blowing up? The general stuff to do? It’s all regulated out of existance. It’s all been watered down into padded, sterile suits running around in postage-stamp yards. Videogames are a safe haven from a place that seems to lack a concise male role model, which tells us all our woes are our own doing, and all women’s woes are our doing.

  • Dan H

    The Japanese Herbivore Effect – Darwinian Natural Selection

    I’m not sure if you support the theory of Darwinian Evolution. I do and I believe what we’re seeing is some form of natural selection and evolution in action. I think Richard Dawkins author of the ‘Selfish Gene’ was accurate. Later he confessed that he should have called his book the ‘Eternal Gene’ but I’m not so sure.

    Japan has flagged up on my radar and in the context of Darwinian natural selection the “Japanese Herbivore Effect” is an incredibly interesting phenomenon. Smart young males (or
    their selfish genes) completely in tune with their environment are actively recognising the threats they face not just in the short term, but also in the long run. I believe the “Japanese Herbivore Effect” is a new effective self-preservation mechanism/trait proving the ‘Selfish Gene’ theory
    Dawkins introduced all those years ago.

    My take is why would a smart young male in today’s overpopulated society with rapidly depleting resources and a system that poses a direct threat to their very survival wish to compound those threats with expensive consuming girlfriends, wives and then kids locking them into unimaginable pressures in a world with declining/no/low growth rates? The Japanese economy is a bellwether for the West and political/elitist bulls know it. Central Banks can print all they like combined with ZIRP and MSM propaganda. None of it will work with
    smart young bulls or their selfish genes calling the shots.

    Young females are the herbivore “cows” incited emotionally by the political/elitist male bulls with consumerism and young males are of course the
    target. Political/elitist bulls desperate to ensnare/enslave young male bulls leading to economic slavery and eventual oblivion are finding out that young smart bulls are “evolving” given the new environment. The “Japanese Herbivore Effect” is a defensive trait selfish genes have evolved purely for self-preservation. This is Darwinian natural selection and the theory of the Selfish Gene in action. Smart young bull’s instincts are to survive anyway they can. JHE is one way to do it.

    In today’s society we know that smart people have less children, this is an undisputed fact. Idiots today enticed and lured by the State reproduce without due diligence. There will come a time when it collapses and the smart ones will
    be flexible enough to survive, the idiots with debt and baggage will not. The smart young bulls still in the game can then take up the slack if the whole thing crashes. It’s all about survival of the fittest and in today’s world that means the one that is flexible enough to adapt to rapid change and better still, see it before it comes. Without question rapid change is coming, this is
    what smart young bulls that mimic “Japanese Herbivore” traits are sensing. I would not want to be locked into marriage with kids when it comes. The pressures will be horrific and as we’re witnessing with economic pressure comes the risk of increasing suicide.

  • jim Hayes

    I don’t understand them, and I am very concerned about how they behave. I see many of them at the gym, at hours one would think they would be working. The spend their time staring at Smartphones and swearing half the time. Their lack of manners and respect for their elders is a disgrace. Its not all of them, but enough to make it a concern. I see it all over whenever I must have interaction with them. They seem immature and aimless at times. I blame the culture of today and the lack of parenting with some of them anyway. Remember there is no mandatory direction for todays young men. There is no mandatory military duty anymore. There really is nothing. I really think there should be 2 years military or 2 years Community service made mandatory in the USA. An amount of money to be paid for Education or Trade School following the service would be the reward for such service. Otherwise I fear for a country, with what I am seeing in the young males of America.

  • April Gunn

    I love how when it’s men falling behind everyone says there must be something horribly wrong, but when men were more educated than women it was assumed that women were just naturally inferior. Maybe if parents–mothers AND fathers–taught their boys what they teach their girls…that everything you get must be worked for, that no one is going to respect you if you don’t MAKE them…we wouldn’t have this problem.

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