posted on Dec, 7 2009 @ 07:36 PM
reply to post by moocowman
Wassup, OP ?
I'd like to point out that this study is not about the happiest societies, but actually which society is most successful which is determined by 25
Suicide 15-24 year-olds
Suicide all ages
Under 5 mortality
Gonorrhea 15-19 year-olds
Syphilis 15-19 year-olds
Abortions 15-19 year-olds
Births 15-17 year-olds
Per capita income
Average hours worked
Resource exploitation base
In my opinion this study seems to be unfairly biased on some of the factors that were chosen, and particularily seems to be slanted to make the USA
score the lowest.
Also a lot of these factors are quite arbitary.
For a start, having more people incarcerated doesn't mean that the society is less successful. America's prison population is far higher than all
the other countries, but in many European countries a lot of us would be happier if our prison population was bigger, because we have too many
dangerous people wandering around after short sentences.
The STD aspect of this study is particularily unfair, as it includes 4 categories. So, 16% of the entire study into successful societies is based on
the prevelance of venereal diseases ! That's way too much, man !
In addition to this, they only have STD data on 7 out of the 17 countries includes, but unsurprisngly the US scores 0 points on all these categories,
while Sweden, Denmark and France all score near the top.