Let's examine this for a minute. I graduated from college in 2010 with a psychology degree, math minor, computer science minor and a lot of physics
background. I moved back to my hometown and lived with my parents because of the bad economy, and worked some odd jobs like door-to-door salesman,
computer repair technician, freelance writer and whatever I could find.
Eventually, I moved out of my parents' house and into one of my friend's houses, who had become a teacher. In this house, we have a mechanic, a math
teacher, a forest fire fighter and myself, all guys. The kind of things we have gone through is ridiculous.
To begin with, one of my family members was involved in a shooting in the 90's and this caused my family to have PTSD. You know, it's just one of
those things - pretty much everyone has been involved in a shooting these days.
I mean, that's not the end of it. I lived with a room-mate before moving back in with my parents who was emotionally abusive and suicidal as well as
homicidal. At the same time, my sister was living with some room-mates who got into some drug deals and a group of thugs broke into her house to kill
and rape her, but she was able to escape by jumping out her second-story window.
When my parents came down to force her to move out of her house a week later, they arrived to find cops there because she had just been robbed at
The mechanic has some female friends he invites over, one of them is his girlfriend. She is extremely nice, but the other day, she decided to get
involved with a coc aine deal. Her other friend has a brain tumor because her mother did meth / still does meth, and in addition to this, her
father blew his head off with a shotgun in front of her a few months ago.
Pretty much every girl I've talked to has either been raped or abused by someone. The one I met recently is going through similar problems to me...
I have been best friends with girls with eating disorders that eat away at their soul, a darkness that cannot be accurately described. I have dealt
with numerous people with trust issues. The dating scene is a complete mess, by the way.
So, let's talk about the economy, shall we? Like I mentioned earlier, a lot of people are sharing houses because of money issues. Finding a good job
is extremely hard. Almost all of my friends are either living in groups, with their parents, or with their grandparents.
Oh, what about the dating scene? That's just a joke. If you go out there, expect to deal with drama and disaster. I have gone on a date with a girl,
agreed to meet up with her on the weekend, and then found out that she had slept with three different guys between now and then.
Psychological studies have shown that having multiple sexual partners is not healthy for individuals, yet it continues? I'm not even beginning to
scratch the surface of abuse, cheating, trust issues, trauma, etc. in the dating scene.
What about communication / friendships? That's a complete failure. Facebook and text-messaging have ravaged people's social skills. There was a recent
study that showed that teenagers basically thought being friends was checking out each other's Facebook photo albums and making comments.
I am obviously taking this from a personal angle, so it could just be me. But I come from a high-income family, I went to a private college, etc.
Take what you want out of it, this is my perspective, not an empirical study by any means. How is everyone else in America doing?
edit on 12-1-2013 by darkbake because: (no reason given)