Young Americans are less likely than their grandparents to say they love America—or to get warm fuzzies when they see the flag—but they are more concerned with things like equality of opportunity. As Lynn Vavreck of the New York Times writes, "Milliennials may be less devoted to the symbols of America, but they are no less devoted to democratic ideals."
The gender imbalance in the sciences today is arguably more pronounced than in any other field. According to data from the National Science Foundation, included in Verizon's viral commercial, 66% of fourth grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18% of all college engineering majors are female. So when do these potential Marie Curies lose their interest?
For driving under the influence, alcohol and drugs are often considered the worst distractions. A new study has found a distraction more sinister: cell phones. While the link between phone use and slower reaction time has been reported, Americans are not listening. Nearly all adults said they were aware that it's dangerous to text/email while driving, but nearly half did.
In the past several FIFA world cup tournaments the total number of goals had been on the decline—but not in 2014! This tournament brought us back to 1998 levels, and tied the record for most goals ever. Of course, those 7 goals by Germany against Brazil didn't hurt...
In a poll that included over 300 US executives from companies with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion, Harris Interactive found that many of the business elite are onboard with government intervention in the inequality dilemma the country is currently faced with. Jump to the Article to see how conflicts arise from rampant inequality.
In the U.S., average life expectancy rates are the highest they've ever been, at roughly 79 years. We're living longer, but when we are dying, we're dying of different diseases than our turn-of-the-century ancestors. For example, in 1900 the leading cause of death was infectious disease which caused 53% of deaths. Today, infectious diseases only cause 3% of deaths.
A recent Gallup poll shows that Israel remains the most favorably-viewed nation in the Middle East. (The survey included "Palestinian Authority" as a "nation" though it is not actually one). Israel's high approval percentage surpasses second-place Egypt by nearly 30 percent. Americans remain very supportive of the Jewish state.
A study by Gallup into physical appearance and body image found an unexpected trend among the American population. Americans' satisfaction with their physical appearance dips - for both men and women - into their late forties and early fifties, though rebounds significantly beginning in their early sixties.
In addition to a loss in local spending generated, communities also sacrifice social benefits fostered by ownership of local business, such as good health and a politically engaged community when these businesses are not locally-owned. Worker-owned cooperatives help to keep wealth rooted in communities.
For the 5 largest U.S. debt totals, credit cards have traditionally shown the highest delinquency rates. Yet in 2012, rapidly growing student loan debt has stolen the number one spot and claimed the highest delinquency rate, with no indication of slowing. Since 1Q 2012, 4 of 5 major debt categories have been declining in delinquency, while student loans have increased.
My mom always told me to save for a rainy day. But it's not always easy. Some Americans don't get paid enough to save. Others live beyond their means. Regardless of the reason, lots of Americans face harsh circumstances when the economy turns down and jobs are lost.
Brazil has hosted the FIFA World Cup this year and has had sales in excess of one million tickets. the top selling non host countries include the U.S., Argentina, Germany, England and Colombia. The United States topped sales with nearly 200,000 tickets. The remaining top selling countries had far fewer sales, each with less than 65,000 sold tickets.
Unfortunately this means that for every 100 rapes, 97 rapists will walk free without spending a single day in prison. It is estimated that only around 2% of rape charges are false. By contrast, an estimated 60% of sexual assaults aren't reported to the police at all.
The number of Americans that worry about their weight "all" or "some" of the time increases into late middle age, though after the age 65, drops off to rates lower than those reported by 18 - 29 year olds. After 65, Americans may have more time to address weight issues that worried them during their careers.
Technology is advancing at an ever-accelerating rate, and for many Americans, the possibilities of future technology are ambitious to say the least. A third of those surveyed believed that, in the next fifty years, humans will be so advanced as to have developed long term space colonies. What's more, nearly 40 percent believe that teleportation will be possible.
Feminist (n): a person who believes that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. When asked if they believe that "men and women should be social, political, and economic equals," 82 percent said they did. So, um... what's up with all these men and women who don't want to identify as feminists? Clearly, feminism has an image problem.
The federal poverty threshold doesn't tell the whole truth about poverty and income in the United States. Research suggests that neither federal minimum wage nor poverty-level income are enough to meet a family's most basic needs. In fact, a family that earns about twice the federal poverty level is still classified as "low income."
Any business owner will tell you that starting a business is not easy. There are many challenges that a startup owner must overcome to grow a successful company. A survey of 549 successful business owners found almost unanimous agreement that one of the greatest obstacles an entrepreneur must face is the risk of potential failure.
In 2006, 1,591 executions happened in 25 countries while 91% of those executions happened in China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, and the United States. Even to this day these same countries still have yet to abolish the death penalty.
A lot, apparently. According to Mother Jones, "1 in 25 borrowers who graduate from college defaults on his or her student loans. But among graduates of two-year for-profit colleges, the rate is 1 in 5." Worse, as students go deep into debt, big institutions rake in the money, with ITT pulling in $1.3 billion in revenue in 2013.
Among Americans that reported having a 'thriving' social life, two-thirds also reported maintaining eating habits that included fruits and vegetables at least 4 times a week. It is not certain, however, if this healthy practice contributes to a thriving social life, or if those with thriving social lives are encouraged by various factors to eat a certain way.
In a study examining the social wellbeing of Americans by weight category, those outside their normal bodyweight range reported slightly more difficult situations in their personal lives. The farther outside the normal range, the less people reported thriving in their social lives.
Nigerians show next to zero sympathy for the Boko Haram Islamic militancy that has been operating for several years in the northeast of the country: 98% consider the movement a threat to the future of Nigeria. It is revealing, however, that so many consider the group a 'major threat;' the government's ability to halt attacks has been brought into question.
This means the 28.1% poverty and 13.4% unemployment rates blacks face, along with high incarceration figures and a wage gap, can be blamed on cultural shortcomings. Most still believe that all changes necessary to give blacks equal rights with whites have been made. Only 28% of the youngest left-leaning group thinks more needs to be done to combat racial inequality.
Spending on superfluous goods and services is a gauge of the strength of consumer confidence in the economy. Over the past 6 years, the number of people that reported they were likely to spend less on entertainment "in the next 6 months" has fallen, though remains above 50%.
When asked which among the Declaration of Independence signers they would like best to be in politics today, a plurality of Americans chose Thomas Jefferson, though Benjamin Franklin arrived a close second.
Social media networking isn't as egocentric as many claim it to be. A recent study revealed that two-thirds of social networkers listen to and read what others have to say rather than express their own opinions ("passive"). For business, passive social networking = keeping current interest in your offerings; active social networking = seeking out new interested parties.
The number of Americans that would have liked to see a third term for Presidents Reagan and Clinton may surprise you. 42% of Americans would have liked to see one of the two for another term, though their respective bases of support vary significantly.
Cell owners are extremely attached to their phones — although most don’t see that as a problem. For many cell owners, their phone is an essential utility they check frequently, keep close by at all times, and would have trouble functioning without. Despite this connection, most cell owners don’t worry too much about spending too much time with their phones.
Obama and Democrats in Congress want to raise minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, up from $7.25. Americans United for Change is challenging politicians to live on $77 a week, after housing. Part of the pushback to raising minimum wage is the effect on jobs. Economists are split on the issue, but agree that wage raises reduce poverty.
Among the reasons cited for disproportionate black disappearance figures are poor training and dismissive attitudes. A majority of black missing children are classified as runaways, and don't receive Amber Alerts. For black adults, police usually link their disappearances to criminal activity, and are usually dismissed. It is clear there is a stark racial divide in news coverage of such incidents.
For Robert Downey Jr., it pays to be Iron Man. It pays a lot. In fact, he has been crowned the highest payed actor in all of Hollywood by Forbes for the second year in a row. Forbes calculated that Downey earned about 75 million dollars for his on-screen performances.
The number of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the United States - Mexico border leaped 77% between the 2013 - 2014 fiscal years. Even more startling is the figure for girls 12 and under this year, a number that has jumped nearly 140% over the 2013 statistic.
As the extent of the negative health effects of cigarette smoking dawned on the American population over the past few decades, American smokers have been consuming cigarettes at a significantly lower rate. In the late 1970s, 65% of American smokers consumed at least a pack a day; the number smoking at this rate fell to 27% in 2014.