posted on Aug, 7 2007 @ 01:28 PM
Hi across the pond to you.This subject is a little more complicated and a lot more faceted then is on the surface.
There isn't anyone one reason, such as fast food joints.
Contrary to popular beliefs, most Americans aren't lazy. We are really busy in fact. Most of us, including whole families, don't get home till late
at night. I had a discussion with a Canadian friend of mine who noticed that Americans dress more casual. My cousin who was recently in Italy said she
felt sloppy there. It is not that we dress casual, we dress functional, we were clothes that take us to work, to happy hour, to pick up the kids, to
stop by the carry out, and hold up through a long day and be comfotable. So most of us wear the standard issue plain shirt and khakis. With the
expection of Africon Americans who IMO dress nicer and are more trendy. Thank heavens or we would all look like drones. After our long days we are
exhausted and plop in front of the tv. Not being able to accomplish anything else. then weekends are spent doing things we couldn't do during the
week. Some of us have the audacity to go somewhere. Our high maintenance lifestyle makes us work a lot to afford our crap. Then parents are too tired
to take care of kids, becaue everyone is working, so they plop them in front of the tv to keep them quiet.
Add that too the media insists of reporting every hideous crime so that most american parents don't want their kids outside for face every ax
murdered, pedophile, rapist, gangster and drug dealer that is lurking on every corner.
In the intelligence race, and the horrible No Child Left BEhind Act that GW so graciously encumbered us with, kids have been piled with more homework
then they can handle. So what down time there was at night, is now spent doing homework. Recess has been cut back continually including other
activities like music and art to include more time for studying for standardized testing. Kids don't even have time to play anymore.I think we get
less leave, less vacation. I was shocked to hear that in Canada you get a year paid matertiny leave. Here, if you are lucky, you get 12 unpaid weeks.A
lot of women save sick and vacation time to offset this. Many go back earlier then that to pay for all the big houses and their crap.It is not totally
our fault. IF yo have ever been here, there is RELENTLESS advertising.I find it tiring. I went skiiing one christmas to find ads on the top of all the
lift columns so you can read them riding up. It is ridiculous. There is now commercials in front of movies, that we pay 10$ a person for. All we see
is buy buy buy, you need this to be sexy, successful, and to beat the Joneses.If you ever watch the movie, "super size me",they point out the amount
of advertising fast food spends, compared to what the heatlh agencies have, and it is staggering. Kids are conditioned to want fast food.
We also have this sick societal notion that families are not to live together.many immediate families live states apart. There is a breakdown in the
family system leaving families to handle things entirely on their own, where usually they would have a village type setup to assist them.I had a
friend from africa point this out to me. There, all the sisters get together and raise children, leaving each other enough time for personal and
recreational activities, instead of an institutional daycare type system. She was wealthy, but still had her sisters live with her to help with
children. She said we do ourselves a huge disservice by this.We can't handle kids,much less aging parents, who get put in a home that any income that
could be passed down is sucked up by the nursing home. Usually leaving the children with debt. I think all the isolation causes a lot of the rampant
depression and other mental disorders, and guilt at not being able to maintain an ideal life. Which in turn, leaves people less able to properly feed
their families, too sick to do so, and turn to conveinance food.
So yes, it is affluence.