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


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.

This article first appeared Here at Economic Collapse.

4 Responses

  1. Larry says:

    It is people as you are that have not helped the younger generation seeing only faults and not attributes.
    This generation that is following us is not the “Peter Pan ” generation as you call it.
    They have been classified as “Generation X” by the Elite as well as the government.

    You tell me what your life would be if you had the government 01-present running your country?
    The younger generation need us to protect them not discard them as illeterates.

    I am truly glad my thoughts are not your thoughts because I think you are the one insecure and afraid and blind and deaf!

    You are of the foolish that wastes their time seeing what is wrong with the world and not the good and the caring and loving people this world has to offer.

    As I have said “This generation of younger persons need us to fight for them. It doesn’t bother me if they stand behind me while I am fighting!

    They are my littleones and need protecting !me sick

    People like you won’t fight , you will just stand there and wet your pants!

    You make sick , why don’t you open your eyes and see for yourself how precious the young are!


  2. Shawn Norton says:

    As a young man, I take issue with this article. I’ll just go through your points one by one…

    1. This isn’t caused by young men. It’s caused by our culture portraying men as tough, rugged bad-boys in films. As our entertainment culture progresses, so too do the interests of those living within it. For example, as the TV series “CSI” reached its popularity, more students enrolled in criminology and forensic science.

    2. Genetically, males are more likely to have disabilities. Females have two X chromosomes, and males have one X and one Y. The X chromosome contains much more information than the Y, and if the X is damaged, females have a backup X. Males do not.

    3. I don’t think this is true, and I have trouble finding sources for this claim. For the sake of argument, I will assume it is true: This one is also culture, and possibly skewed. Boys are more accepted in video game communities, while girls are often ridiculed or harassed. Besides, this statistic only references video games. What about social networks, or any other media? Even now, since 2009, women are more likely to use social networking. If I had to guess, I’d say that if you added up the time each gender spent on video games, TV, social networks, etc., they would be approximately the same for each side.

    4. This statistic was lower ages ago because there weren’t as many video games. If you only played your first video game at 15, you wouldn’t rack up so many hours by the time you are 21. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that this 10,000 hours is from the ages of 8 to 21. There are 8765.81 hours in a year. The 13 years makes 113955.53 hours. In 13 years, 10000 hours is only 8.78%. That’s 2.1 hours per day. Consider for a moment that most kids will play video games before the age of 8. If the data was from the ages of 5 to 21, then it would be be approximately 1.7 hours per day. Looking at 10000 on its own seems like a lot, but in mathematical context, it’s really not much at all.

    5. Once again, culture. However this has risen dramatically in recent years. Many girls, including mature women, play video games just as much as boys. Some age groups even outplay the boys.

    6. Who is at fault? The student, or the school? The truth is, most schools in America are funded based on graduations. Schools will over-grade or under-teach students to make more money.

    7. This sort of statistic is always biased. Why 40 years? Because it makes the statement true. If you said 39 years, it would be false. If you said 41 years, it would be false as well. This are the weasel-words of statistics.

    8. I do not see how this one represents specifically young men. This survey was for “Americans between the ages of 18 and 24”. Not just teenagers, and not just men.

    9. America also has more women than men. So what? And what about universities?

    10. What about colleges? And why just bachelor’s degrees? Poor interpretation of data.

    11. You start by saying the young men couldn’t find a job… but the statistic you reference is 53% of all Americans under the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree takes (in most courses and countries) 4 years. High school is graduated at 18, so assuming the student goes straight to post-secondary education, they finish their degree between the ages of 22-23. So, 53% of people between the ages of 22 to 24 with new bachelor’s degrees (aka, little to no real-world job experience in their field) have trouble getting employed. Not surprising.

    12. America does not own the Internet. 30% of all internet traffic is not solely American. In addition, the statistic of 25% of employees browsing porn at work seems to represent mature adults, not young men.

    13. I don’t understand what sort of issue this is. Why specifically men, again? The women are consenting partners.

    14. Once again, it’s the responsibility of both the women and men to protect against pregnancy. He has his testicles, she has her ovaries. Equal responsibility, no matter who is performing the physical actions, so to speak.

    15. This statistic references teen girls. Why do you then blame the men? Again, equal responsibility. If you got to know any woman well enough, you will find they are just as perverted as the men.

    16. Yes, they are. Saving themselves from spending money on expensive apartments or dormitories while they study in college/uni. We ARE recovering from a recession, you know.

    17. Do you still classify the ages of 25-34 as “young men”?

    18. What age? So vague. The implications of this stat change dramatically based on the age. Is it 16? 18 maybe? How about 20? I can’t tell based on your sentence.

    19. That’s only 8.02%.

    20. All-time? I doubt that. Besides, marriage isn’t exactly something for “young men” to concern themselves with, so I don’t know why this statistic is in this article.

    21. I notice that the more you wrote, the less your statistics actually meant anything for young men. This is a prime example.

    22. This is culture as well. Men are told to be tough, and the media encourages that. Thus, men are less likely to seek help for depression and other causes of suicide.

    I took the time out of my day to formulate a response, explanation, or counter-question for each of your points. I hope you take the time out of your day to reply.

  3. gary says:

    40 years of observations

    While in college in the 70s, my wife worked at a Juvenile center that took in trouble children (funded by the county). For those years, the facility found that many of the children would return to normal behavior when they were fed a well balance meal made from basic ingredients (devoid of processes ingredients such as preservatives). These children were then sent home with a food plan for the parents to support the child. It is not surprising that the children would be back at the facility as the parents could not or would not take the time to buy and prepare home cooked food. They also went so far as to buy sauces in glass or metal containers to avoid the acidic sauces such as tomato sauce from being in contact with plastics. If you can find books by Dr Jay Hoffman from the 80’s, his teachings predicted the future problems with our children based on food preservatives and other processed foods.

    When our children were born, we noticed behavior changes when we took them for a Treat at fast food restaurants. We didn’t like what we saw, so we spent their years with home cooked foods from high quality ingredients, making them take to school meals every day. During those years we taught them how to respect people and weapons. teaching them archery, hand guns, and long rifles. In the end all three ended up with full ride scholarships and obtain multiple college degrees. Additional things we did were kept them busy building a house, rebuilding an old car (one each), sports, extra technical events, taking them to work with dad, etc. my wife taught all three sons how to cook meals from scratch ingredients. To this day, they will rarely if ever eat anything prepackaged or from a fast food restaurant.

    In early 2000, I took a job in the bay area, away from home cooked foods, within 3 years of eating prepared foods, I came down with quite a few organ failure problems, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Working with regular doctors, they wanted to do surgery to remove damage organs. Given my past history with better health, I gained advise from Natural Health Practitioners and returned to a better diet of home made foods. One of the most profound things we found was that when I drank those prepackaged bottles of water there were no minerals in them. We believe that the lack of Calcium and other minerals led to bone loss and kidney stone / kidney blockage. Fixed that with 450 ppm Calcium deep aquifer well water. it was tough, we would make my meals freeze them and trans port them using dry ice. The health returned in one year along with much better ability to focus mentally.

    Please try the following with your children
    1) Make home cooked meals and bring the kids in the kitchen to prepare foods. Choose non GMO organically grown items. Avoid prepared foods as much as possible.
    2) Give your kids minimum / basic / quality clothing, but make them do chores to get more spending money to buy upgrades. You’ll be surprised when they don’t spend that money on bling bling clothing and save it for something that is more useful.
    3) Keep your kids busy with the family.
    4) Keep your kids busy with other kids that are a positive influence.
    5) Get out of the house. Go hiking, biking, or whatever you can do with them.
    6) Build things with the children. Teach them how to fix their own stuff.
    7) Lead by example and don’t bully your kids.

  4. Davidus Romanus says:

    This is the result of destroying the family and teaching people that fathers don’t matter. Progressives have been substituting government for fathers for decades. Why is it puzzling that young men don’t see a role for themselves in today’s society?

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