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

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When 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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  • Anonymous

    Sad but true. I have four sons 20-32. Only one is self sufficient. One is working and living with his fiance’s parents, one is living off his grandmother no job and one is living off his mother no job. My daughter has been independent since high school. I owned my own car at 15 and left home at 18. The answer is there are plenty of people in there lives willing to in able them. I understand getting on your feet, but in my house no job( however menial) no food. At some point a man has to find out who he is, it is a crime against them to stand in their way from growing up. Let go of the bicycle for Gods sake!

    • Unreal

      Men have been beaten up since the 1960s. By education, social pressures and government. What do you expect?

  • KB

    Having currently lived through multiple decades of life, actually living through the 60s, the funny thing about a good portion of the male-generated responses (on other sites) to the above article is:

    1. On one side of their mouths, they blame women for “equal rights,” which means a woman makes the same money for the same job working outside the home, with the male stating that he could find his testicles again if basically women would return to their accepted roles of “chief cook and bottle washer,” while leaving the male as Lord of the Manor.

    2. On the other side of their mouths, they excuse their unwillingness to marry because of the alimony and child support they might have to pay in the event of a divorce because that B*** never “worked” and “she was SUCH a gold-digger,” while slugging down their third beer of the night.

    Well, guys – you can’t have it both ways. She either works outside the home or she doesn’t. If she works outside the home, give her the credit she deserves (you would expect the same). If she stays at home (with your consent), she should get credit for that too, and if the marriage comes to an end, don’t throw her under the bus (you again would expect the same). And she should do the same for you.

    Men are not meant to dominate a woman — a wife is meant to be cherished as the lifegiver of his children, his equal-partner helpmate in life, the comfort and rest at the end of a hard day of labor.

    Women are not meant to demean men — a husband is meant to be cherished as the provider and head of the family, with all the benevolent strengths that a man possesses in choosing the best paths for his family – the rock that holds the family steadfast.

    And if you both agree that the woman is to be both a family partner AND an employed woman, you best give her the respect she deserves by doing YOUR part at home too. Nothing ends a marriage faster than a man who won’t pull his own weight at home if the woman is, by necessity or otherwise, also required to work outside the home, while you come home at the end of your day and do nothing.

    At the end of this current rainbow, we, all of us, share equal responsibility for OUR part in having raised this generation to be selfish, self-absorbed, and drug-addled – plain and simple – and this generation shares equal responsibility because sloth and laziness and the whininess I am hearing are a conscious choice.

    So when hardship comes a-knockin, and Lord, it is a’coming — they got some hard times ahead of them.

    • SKIP

      KB, I like the way you think about women, same as I do. Without women I say life is simply not worth living. They should be treated accordingly no matter what they are doing. During a visit home on R&R from Afghanistan and while visiting a restaurant, after my wife entered I waited and held the door for two other ladies who wanted me to enter first and I declined to enter until they had done so. I told them I would wait all day!! They entered and sometime later they teasingly, on their way out, stopped, thanked me and asked my wife how much she would sell me for!! Good laugh for all of us. I told them that chivalry is not dead but it is badly wounded.

      • Jean

        Mortally wounded due to abuse and misuse.

        At least you had proper women (I’ll not use the term ladies, as I was not there and “lady” involves a judgement call, but they were most definitely women – not just females.) More than one man has recounted verbal abuse at doing something like opening the door for a “female” (Read: C*nt.)

        I was raised to be a gentleman; I got shit on. No dates, not even nibbles of interest. Decided I was being too nice (Q.V. Glover’s book, No More Mr Nice Guy). Got nibbles, a few dates, an LTR that I ended (for what turned out to be bad reasons – wanted to keep my parents in my life, turns out NO girl will be good enough for them.) But after that, stumbled into another LTR – abusive, from my perspective, as I went from middle-class to impoverished in a year. I trusted her with my credit cards and money. Won’t make THAT mistake again. 6 years later, i’m full-bore asshole all the time, and she’s FALLING ALL OVER HERSELF to try and keep me…

        Let’s see, she’s 50, has baggage (divorce and kid who hits 18 this year) and ass-raped me financially to the tune of about $600,000 AND COUNTING – most of that time she’s been unemployed and depressed. Bankruptcy and foreclosure, repo of my Harley (which I could’ve bought outright at that time)… $30K downpayment on the house, $30K or so on custody battle for her daughter, medical bills… I’ve been wiped out.

        And though I talked marriage with my Ex, as I had my flesh flayed off my bones with this latest disaster, I learned – I looked back – and I found that THEY ARE ALL THE SAME if not held in check by society or religion. My ex GF (a good woman, BTW); my sister; mt grandmothers; my mother; aunts; friends in gradeschool and high school and college… ALL females do THE SAME THINGS, and for the same reasons.

        They want chivalry? With me, they need to earn it. I see Medusa in EVERY ONE of them any more…

        I think you can understand why. And for further fodder, feel free to look up divorce law, and see how men are treated in divorces, and before the law when a woman is involved (Duluth model of domestic violence, HE = perpetraor, SHE = victim.)
        Chivalry, BTW, is “benign sexism.” Google THAT one, too. The girls want equality? Help yourself, “ladies.” I’ll respect the good ones; I won’t piss on the bad ones if they’re on fire. And I’ll date someone feminine, which these days… Probably means a transsexual. THAT should be horrifying by itself… When a MAN can be more feminine than a woman…

  • Ken, your UK friend

    Hi all. I am too ashamed to tell you my real age but I live with my elderly parents. Been to Uni, travelled on extended tours of Birmingham, Glasgow, West Coast of Ireland, London, Sweden, America etc and if you have a ‘Mac job’ there is no way you can make ends meet unless Daddy sends money. This was not a problem for former generations. My Grandfather left Wales’ coalmining community for the bright lights of London during the 1930’s depression. He worked as a barman, station porter, clothes shop retailer, important professions I say, truly finding his niche and loving it. Today the banks and Mega Corporations earn ever greater obscene bonuses while the rest of us get poorer and poorer.
    No joke, I feel the Zionist Mafia Banking Controllers have the power to impose similar will on the whole of the rest of the world. Such Monopoly is scary and regrettable. You aint seen nothing yet because we, the readers of Daily Sheeple have no way to level the playing field

    • 142

      What nonsense!

      Everyone can come up with excuses, but blaming banks? Assuming earlier generations had an easier time of it? Really? Sure it just wasn’t that your Grandfather worker harder then you, and got by with less?

      Seriously friend, better start looking at yourself for the reasons you are not an adult yet.

      • A. Powers

        Adults can fall victim to circumstances beyond their control, just as easily as children can. It’s not an accident that the banks are richer while the common folk (read: middle class) of the country as a whole gets poorer. And it’s not just our country in which this is happening! Granted, something bigger must be at play here. As we are perusing this site, we must know this to be a fact. The last 4-6 years are self evident. I’m not saying that personal responsibility is not a factor, I am saying that we all have choices, and that those choices are limited by choices made by others long before we had a say-so.

        • Without a selfish ignorant mass who failed to parent, failed to be financially responsible, who took out liar loans, who’s ignored what’s been happening for decades, the elite plan would not be working as it is.

      • Jean

        ACTUALLY, it IS true… (Banks not relevant for these details.)
        We had a MAJOR period of prosperity following WW2. Millions of GIs back with money in their pockets, knowing how to drive, demand for vehicles through the roof, desire to escape the cities (start of suburbs and commuting), plus the Eisenhower period of building the Interstate highways…

        LOTS of well-paying low-level (blue-collar) jobs, little to no automation… Women not yet suckered into the workforce, either.

        Contrast to what’s happened – Second and Third-wave feminism, inflation, falling wages, education bubble, artifical manipulation of commodities (thinking food and oil specifically), open trade in the WRONG ways, tariffs on the WRONG things from the WRONG countries, no term limits, no REAL JOBS for politicians, no more military service for many politicians (even Reserves), wealthy families running the show…

        So, at the same time the value of the dollar is falling, women are being encouraged, successfully, to go to work – splitting the wages between two people per family. Forcing others to go to work whether they want to or not – prices are going UP, too! Plus the Feminist Merit Badges, a “to do” list for the modern, “hip” female…

        Now start adding automation of work – robots doing assembly; CNC replacing tool-and-die makers; computers replacing TONS of people in accounting, record-keeping, accounts receivable/ payable, communications (switchboard operator vs Cisco switch?), etc, etc, etc. So the “low-end” (read: low educatin) jobs are moving OUT, at the same time that Education is becomgin a “right”.

        Then there’s Mass Media (Mad Men, et al – and two ways). One, advertising picks up – “Keeping up with the Joneses” in social context. Later, this changes to Keeping up with the Kardassians (Audrey Hepburn; Gene Kelly; Humphrey Bogart; Hollywood en masse, both then and now.) The programming is found to have more than JUST entertainment value; commercials beomce more colorful, noisy, EXCITING; marketing targets children (vapid brains without mental structure – as we all are at that point.) TV shows find that their best target audiences are WOMEN… Who are home during the day. Men are working. (And they change that… But you’ll notice the Soap Operas are STILL on during the day.)

        So, now we have a situation where TWO incomes are required JUST to live a “normal” life (assumes all the “extra” comforts people want these days.)
        Machines are designed to be replaced instead of repaired (google “overengineering”). Everything is consumable and trivial.

        Meantime, the kids are in day care, government education, government after-school programs, and being baby-sat by the TV.

        You’ve just oversimplified it, is all. (And the banks haven’t helped, nor have credit cards.)

  • MX Mike

    I have 4 children ranging from 19 to 31 years old. The eldest is in a high level corporate job. The other three have chosen to join the US armed forces until such time as they have completed their education and determined their path in life. Not one of my kids has caused me a moments worry. I was what today’s society would deem “overly strict”in their rearing. My kids had responsibilities to perform, and there were repercussions if they weren’t carried out. They all had jobs in varying degrees while in school to earn money to pay for automobiles and insurance, gas money and the like. Anything deemed an “extravagance” (such as name brand stuff)was handled by giving the child the amount of money that would purchase an item that was “sufficient”, and the child would make up the difference to purchase the item with his/her own funds. Nothing was just handed to them. They learned value and responsibility for their actions. None of them are wandering drones or automatons. They are free willed, free thinking productive members of society. Perhaps more parents should take the time to interact with their children rather than plopping them down in front of the telly with a joystick…….

    • Steve

      “They are free willed, free thinking productive members of society.”

      does not go with: “The eldest is in a high level corporate job. The other three have chosen to join the US armed forces until such time as they have completed their education”

      argue all you want, wont change a thing…

  • Jack

    An intended / unintended consequence of “weaponizing” children against their parents, or any authority other than the “State”?

    • A. Powers


    • Jean

      Intended, yes.

  • akvalmet30

    What we are experiencing is the effect of successful programming intended towards the destruction of what could make a difference in our country, the male youth. If you were to wage war, be it with media, porn, video games and the like against the head of a future household I.E. Men, then you will have destroyed a prospective family. Women want and need to be led in a family structure, it is a man’s duty to fulfill that role and when it is taken away via an entire generation of boys turning into adult brats/hellions then you have perpetual chaos at hand. When the lights go out and entitlement systems come to an end with no more handouts, we will all watch our nation tear itself apart with our youth and brats acting just like our media and culture has taught them to be, unruly selfish bastards.

  • The problem with this society is it is not the same America it was once. All of the good jobs have been shipped overseas. Also no morals in both home or business.
    Anyone who thinks the banking system is the same as it was for our parents needs to quit drinking the kool aide.
    Risk can no longer be taken lightly. Now even playing hookie from school is a capital offense. Making wrong choices for mates can lead to a lifetime of debt.
    We live in a police state, preditory society, look out for yourself and your own. We are all just a piece of meat to gov. and corporations.
    I would not allow my children to play video games, they may impair young brainwaves. Some may be more sensitive than others. Also other toxins and pollutions allowed and welcomed by gov. And corporations. Not a good mix for the youth or anyone else.

    • A. Powers

      @ Evie, I agree! As a teen in the early 90’s, I was able to get a job at the snap of my fingers, which set me up for a lifetime of a work ethic that won’t quit. Within a few short years (graduated in ’96), most of the manufacuring jobs in my hometown had been relocated to other states, downsized, or went overseas. I knew that I would not be able to mary & have children in said hometown after not finding steady work for over a year (only temp jobs were being offered w/ ANd w/o a degree, couldn’t afford “higher” education, still can’t). Left the state & found steady work, married, had children, & then the “recession” of ’08 kicked in, out of a job again by late ’09. Divorce came shortly after. Back home (VERY humbling in your 30s!) After a year & nearly 200 resumes/applications in the hometown, I have steady work again.

      Meanwhile, I feel horrible trying to help my teen-aged nephews (who can’t WAIT to have even a part-time job) find work. Hard for them to understand that the adults have had to take the jobs that used to be open for them @ 16! Also, their high school are not exactly encouraging them to be productive citizens, as opposed to preparing them & their classmates to be inmates (the security at their school is FAR beyond even what I have seen at any of my jobs!)

      Fact is, things HAVE changed, and ARE changing, and the young have been left with empty hope & false promises. I once believed in the American Dream, then the American Reality had it’s say, still does…I can only hope that things are MUCH better by the time my children come of age…Because hope we still have, if not much else…

      • A. Powers

        …please pardon the typos, long hours, not much sleep…typical!

  • Sean

    It all happened because Little house on the Prairie stopped airing. Watching half a season of that is the equivalent of steroids for bodybuilding

  • Butterknife

    There is another angle to this, the boys failing in school? maybe because they are taught bs.Not wanting a mortage? why be burdened with crushing debt? Not marrying and having children? Why bring children into a world going to hell in a hand basket? That being said, some of the other stats above can be attributed to the society we have become, manliness is something no longer desired by many, manliness suggests self reliance, rugged individualism a drive to better your circumstance and taking the bull by the horns and taking responsibilty. Something our society is weeding out of the general public at an alarming rate.

  • Manwhoiswideawake

    Most of you who commented are wrong and some of you have it only partially right. The problem as I see it is that Satan and his minions and proxies have made sure that this generation of males are not God fearing,they think the Bible is a fairy tale and they have no direction because of this. I am a Jehovah’s Witness and I see young MEN in our congregation who are more manly than any man out there. If any of you knew what was coming,you would be clamoring all over yourselves to get me to tell you what is about to happen.I guarantee you that If you do not get spiritually prepared RIGHT NOW, it will be too late.

  • Ken, your UK friend

    I thank all posters including 142 who addressed a real issue. I moved to Glasgow and was the victim of Identity Theft long before the english language had a name for such crime. Frightened, I moved back to parental home but part of me wishes he hadnt. More accurately, within 2 weeks of arriving, re-living the childhood memories down the lanes, bullying etc I realised I had done the wrong thing and couldnt recover myself from the situation. Sorry to be a pain. Ive been saying for the last 6 years I’m going to Thailand, survive by becoming a monk if necessary. I apologise for not taking myself up on this Grand Dream.

  • Ken, your UK friend

    Further to this major issue:- truth is stranger than fiction and contrary to what I said earlier I have chosen to reveal my age 47. My brother moved to rural Somerset and never looked back, works in computers. My sister moved to Iran, became a veil wearing Muslima (female Muslim) and is convinced its alcohol not banks and oil which lead to the West’s problems.
    I have watched no end of Oprah and Dr Phil style programmes which left a sour taste in my mouth discussing what they refer to as the ‘Boomerang Generation’. Recently I went on an extended tour of Vancouver, Brit Columbia, would return but I’m sure it doesnt matter where you go. If any reader is in the same position as me we must make this Life Change with haste.
    I wont post again until I can advise the Daily Sheeple I have handed in my notice in that useless Call Centre and set off seeking a proper job. Wish me well. Thankyou for bearing with me.