Are modern people unhappy?
August 18, 2008 7:38pm CST
What do you think about this opinion? "People found themselves working harder, relaxing less, and spending less time at home. Quick-fix solutions - fast food, artificial stimulants or sedatives, time-saving devices like computers and the internet, which merely provided more work opportunities-found ever greater demand. As people became more affluent, they found better homes and apartments ever further from work, and had to buy more, shinier, newer cars to take them back and forth, despite the lengthening lines of traffic. The accumulating stress helped pull families apart. People waited longer to get married, had fewer children spent ever less time together, and got divorced more often. The marital problems brought on even more financial burdens and single parents found themselves balancing their professional and parental duties on a daily basis. Always one step from the abyss, the only solution they could see was to earn more money in order to buy more comfort, some day. Often, their children were given more material goods, in lieu of personal contact with their parents, and their demand for the newest, most fashionable goods became insatiable. The desire for more social and economic equality between the genders resulted in more trouble and stress for everyone". Do you think modern people unhappy in spite of unprecedented material wealth?
• United States
19 Aug 08
Statistically, people today are more unhappy than the previous generation. I am a psychology student and I'm currently taking an abnormal psychology class. I recently found this interesting information in one of my textbooks: "It is sobering to realize that in nations as separate as the United States, Taiwan, Lebanon, and New Zealand there is evidence that each successive recent generation is growing more susceptible to depression. Of those Americans born before 1905, only 1 percent had experienced a major depression by age 75; of those born after 1955, 6 percent had suffered a significant depression by age 30." This is true for people in separate nations, not just the United States, so it clearly isn't just an American problem. Reference: Meyer, R. (2006). Case studies in abnormal behavior (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.