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America Is The Loneliest Country In The World – Is It Because We’ve Abandoned The Traditional Family Structure?

Sad WomanOf all the nations on the entire planet, the United States is the most lonely place to be.  We have the highest percentage of one person households on the entire globe, and the average size of our households has been steadily decreasing.  Studies have shown that the number of close friends that Americans have is falling, and we have the highest divorce rate in the world by a wide margin.  So why is this happening?  Does this have anything to do with the fact that America is abandoning the traditional family structure?  Back in the 1960s, the “sexual revolution” fundamentally changed the way that millions of Americans viewed sex and love.  By throwing out all of the old boundaries, many Americans believed that they would ultimately be able to have more sex and more love.  Today, this manifests itself in a “hookup culture” that is constantly being promoted as “healthy” in our popular music, in our television shows and in our movies.  But instead of this “hookup culture” resulting in more sex and more love, most Americans are discovering that it leads to just the opposite.  We have become a nation of desperately lonely people that have very few real ties to others.

Never in the history of our nation have Americans been so isolated from one another.  Most people get up in the morning, drive to work or school, perhaps do a little shopping afterwards, and then drive home again.  The rest of the evening is typically spent in front of the television or on some sort of electronic device.

In addition, most Americans spend precious little time attending social gatherings of any sort these days.  Church attendance is at historic lows, and most people don’t take the time or the effort to get involved in other types of social groups.

And even when Americans do go out and try to meet people, the relationships that are formed are very much “on the surface” at best.  The truth is that most Americans have very few “close friends”.  Just take a moment and consider how many people outside your immediate family actually “love you” and would be there for you no matter what.  For most Americans that number is depressingly low.

In a desperate attempt for human love and interaction, an increasing number of Americans have turned to social networking websites such as Facebook to fill that void.  For the desperately lonely, some human contact is better than none.  In fact, a growing number of people are so desperate for people to talk with them that they will pretend to be someone else online.  Many will even use an attractive picture of someone else in an attempt to try to lure others.  This has become so common that this phenomenon has even been given a name.  It is known as “catfishing“, and it has grown to epidemic levels.

Other Americans deal with their loneliness by recklessly indulging in food, drugs, gambling, shopping or other addictions.  We are a fundamentally unhappy nation, and this is reflected in the fact that we lead the world in antidepressant use.  In fact, the total number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled between 1996 and 2005.

Could a lot of this have been avoided if we would have just fully embraced the traditional family structure as a nation?

Wouldn’t most of us be doing a lot better if we lived in homes that were filled with happy, healthy families?

Just consider what the consequences of “free love” and the “hookup culture” have been for America…

*At 26 percent, America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

*100 years ago, 4.52 were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

*Back in 1950, 78 percent of all households in the United States contained a married couple.  Today, that number has declined to 48 percent.

*The marriage rate in the United States has fallen to an all-time low.  Right now it is sitting at a yearly rate of 6.8 marriages per 1000 people.

*Today, an all-time low 44.2 percent of Americans in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket are married.

*According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.

*In the United States today, more than half of all couples “move in together” before they get married.

*The divorce rate for couples that live together first is significantly higher than for those that do not.

*America has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.

*In 1970, the average woman had her first child when she was 21.4 years old.  Now the average woman has her first child when she is 25.6 years old.

*The birth rate for American women in the 20 to 24 year old age bracket has fallen to 85.3 births per 1,000 women.  That is a new all-time record low.

*Approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.

*For women under the age of 30 living in the United States today, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.

For most Americans, marriage has come to be viewed as a temporary agreement that can be abandoned the moment that it no longer makes them happy any longer.  This “me-centered” approach to love and marriage has had a whole host of negative consequences for us as a nation.

As the National Marriage Project puts it, a marriage in America now “depends for its survival on the happiness of both spouses”…

Over the last four decades, many Americans have moved away from identifying with an “institutional” model of marriage, which seeks to integrate sex, parenthood, economic cooperation, and emotional intimacy in a permanent union. This model has been overwritten by the “soul mate” model, which sees marriage as primarily a couple-centered vehicle for personal growth, emotional intimacy, and shared consumption that depends for its survival on the happiness of both spouses. Thus where marriage used to serve as the gateway to responsible adulthood, it has come to be increasingly seen as a capstone of sorts that signals couples have arrived, both financially and emotionally—or are on the cusp of arriving.

And our young people are no longer taught to value marriage.  Instead, they are told to put off marriage and to go out and “have some fun”.  This message is constantly being reinforced by popular culture.  For example, posted below is an actual pro-Obamacare ad.  Yes, I know that this ad is almost too bizarre to be true, but it is actually a real ad.  And as you can see, the messages that it is sending to our young people are not very subtle at all…

Obamacare Ad Ryan Gosling

We have become a nation where “anything goes”, and most Americans seem to like it that way.

So what do you think?

Is America the loneliest country in the world because we’ve abandoned the traditional family structure?

Please feel free to share your opinion by posting a comment below…

  • K

    The lack of family structure is part of it. But there is something far more basic, that has died in this Country. The dog eat dog business attitude, the money is the most important thing attitude,and the I come before everyone else attitude, All these things killed this precious concept. What is it? Trust. You can not have a good marriage, or friendship without it. Ask yourself, how many people you know, would you trust with your life? For most it is a rather small number. Sadly for some the number is 0.

    • ISA

      o here. I dont trust, nor really care for, most any of you. I learned this in childhood, by watching the true nature of adults. Adult Humans are the virus of the World, of rotting flesh, that is a parasite. This can be proven empirically.

      • Aston Martin

        Adult humans except “# Godschosenones?” because saying that all humans are viruses inclusing the shoes is # antisemitic? I see where you are going..

    • rbolo29 .

      It’s because of the apathy of realizing there is no God; so the children play and do what they want.

  • Kim

    Probably why so many people attach themselves to their animals. I know people that treat their dog like their child. It’s because it’s all they have.

    • ISA

      Some dont treat their animals that way out of loneliness, but a dog just makes a better friend than Humans. Thats the truth. Take it or leave it. Humans are rather crappy things.

      • Kim

        Some humans, not all of them. Don’t get me wrong, I love my pet as much as anybody. But some people go overboard.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I think a number of components go into this. A big one is the sexual revolution I have seen personally how it’s a great thing for guys but a disaster for women. The tragic part is most women don’t see it, the want the same sexual freedom as men, but ignore the damage done. The damage is kids with no father, and a woman who has several children by different guys. The woman wakes up forty alone, has no control over her life dependent on welfare but has ultimate responsibility for what happens under her roof.
    Everybody wants to be loved in one form or another. I think the culture produces high expectations in what people want or expect in a spouse. Men want somebody young good looking with no issues. Woman are looking foe the same, but some have a attraction to bad boys who they find exciting. People don’t get to and know each other before they wind up in bed. They get caught up in the newness get married and wake up one morning look at their spouse and wonder ‘What did I see in you.” But I have hope that the coming hard times will reverse this because people will have to adapt, or not survive.

    • rbolo29 .

      It really doesn’t matter; because we all die in the end and if there is no God to save us; then it’s a total lost cause to even try to be moral and good.

    • Some Dude

      fix yourself and become the change you seek in others for those others are all the reflections of the changes you made from within, granting them the permission to let their own light shine.

      only then will humanity rise above the din of the dark ages that still reigns with a rationale leading it only to extinction

  • Dedalius Stanton

    About to graduate from college within a short timeframe, this fearsome yet truthful article details some chilling events experienced in my academic career. Up unto this point, many of students within my campus follow a self-centered, selfish attitude, unaware that their destructive attitudes harm only but themselves. The idea of “STFU and leave me alone” concept continues to be pushed forth by faculty, peers, and the social environment. Having lived in the dorms, I’ve been through numerous roommates who refuse to talk to anyone, especially to me, stating that I’m too weird or someone who should just drop dead, yet later claim they have no friends and spend most of their time wasting it away, allowing their academic careers reach at a stag point. The same applies to my classes. I know about 70 students by name who will graduate this semester, but how many do I personally know and trust? Sadly, that number is zero. This is not because I don’t engage in conversations, but it’s rather the experiences that others around me only care only for themselves, while ignoring those that may be able to provide lasting friendships and improving the overall quality of life.

    • rbolo29 .

      It’s ok; because they will graduate and find there are no jobs waiting for them; except being a manager at McDonalds.

      • Jim Davis

        Asst. Manager at best.

      • Aston Martin

        The gullible femaleist women from colelge will probably go on dating websites to find elderly rich and wealthy men who are desperate enough to date goods which were expired a long time ago.

    • http://pitbullsource.com/ Joyce J

      I agree I had similar experiences. Most people had their own little groups of friends and never really mingled with others. I think the problem is too, many people don’t know HOW to make friends. Everyone is so self-absorbed.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I am sorry to hear that you had such negative experiences with roommates. Finding a good roommate these days can be a real challenge. I am glad that I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

      Michael

  • John Doe

    71 percent of young men between the ages of 18 to 34 in America are not interested in marriage:

    71% of young men in America do not want to get married

    I guess feminism killed marriage.

    • Kim

      They can’t afford it. They are barely scraping by on their own.

      • Ditto

        Bingo. I live just as the fine article says: I get up in the morning, drive 28 miles to work, drive 28 miles home again, do some shopping, then spend the other three or four hours of my day watching TV or surfing the web. No time or money for anything else.

        • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

          You probably burn up a lot of gas money too. I certainly don’t miss the days when I had very long commutes to work.

          Michael

    • ISA

      Cant afford it, and who would want to be married today? Even the boomer generation is throwing in the towel. If Americans can evolve, which they cant, then its over with soon. You all are still stuck in the model of 60 years ago, if not more, and are dying on the inside.

      Good riddance.

    • Lars Lonte

      I totally agree with you – just compare Women from Eastern Europa or even Asia with the average Women from the East Coast or Europe (especially (West-) Germany and Great Britain as most US like states and cultures….there is a reason, why Eastern European men usually do not want to marry women from western Germany….

  • http://www.math.missouri.edu/~rich/MGM/primer.html rwinkel

    It’s a no brainer. Lookup “hisanic paradox” on wikipedia. The abuse of infants in this country is an important factor in the rise of sociopathy and broken families. Infants imprint just like every other mammal on the planet, and American obstetrics is unique in its disregard for children’s dignity and human rights.

  • P.F.

    America is in this state because it has turned to sin rather than YAHWEH’S HOLY LAW. Only in our LORD JESUS/YESHUA do we find fulfillment, peace, and joy. When people are filled with joy they share truth and love–when people are moaning miserably inside they become cold and detached. You can’t depend on people to bring you happiness first—you have to seek JESUS/YESHUA who teaches us how to love one another the right way, and then, and only then, will people know joy. america depends on itself to create its own happiness and you’re seeing the negative effects. Back in the 1950’s Biblical values were held strongly in the homes. That’s why you see your grandparents who were married during that time either still alive and married and buried next to each other. What you’ll see in the coming years are old ladies and men wondering around alone who are not married and who will be buried in single graves while the children carry on the negative tradition of their failed ways. Way to go america, you’re doing just fine.

    • David McElroy

      Sad, but true, P.F. If it weren’t for hope in Jesus, there’d be no hope at all!

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Very well said.

      Michael

  • David McElroy

    As the oldest of 12 children from an Irish father who stayed married to our mother, I can testify as to the merciless bombardments of anti-family messages delivered to us. My mother was urged to abort many of my siblings. Teachers and other “counselors” urged us not to spend so much time together, as we were “clannish”. I fell for the encouragement to go to college and make something of myself and “get ahead” before marriage and children. Even our church was discouraging, openly saying we took too much pew space and gave too little money. (Even though we physically labored to help build the building!) I went to college, became a journalist and, after a disasterous cohabitation I thought would lead to marriage, eventually a chaplain. But I also ended up an old bachelor who thought he would have a wife and grandkids by now. My computer is my companion!

    • CollGen2

      You are a wonderful person. Your parent’s stuck together. That is the way God’s original design was. Your writing touched my heart today, thank you! All things will work out for good to those who LOVE God and are called according to HIS purpose. HE created each one of us and He also beckons us. He put an end to sin by being the perfect sacrifice on that cross. He beckoned me and I did it my way…..til trouble hit! I have a husband, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I am alone most of the time at home, answering the phone for my small business. But, most of the time, I am immersing myself in the King James Bible and fellowshipping with my Father. He is the only one who will never leave me nor forsake me. How do I know that? I was in a coma many years ago when He beckoned me. I have tried to do things the “me” way but every road was a disaster until I surrendered my life to Him! The suffering I go through here is nothing compared to the GLORY that awaits me.”!

  • Tim

    There are good, faithful men out there who want a family.

    • David McElroy

      I’m with Tim, I was one of those guys who wanted to be a faithful husband and father. But I made the mistake of being smitten with a conniving woman who had no maternal domestic interests, being the “modern” sort.

      • Jenn

        I’m sorry that happened to you. Not all of us women are that way, but many of them seem to be these days. :-(

      • Aston Martin

        Modern westernized women are victims of the you-know-who….research who founded and promoted the femaleist movement and the truth shall make you afraid while you struggle to set free of the international bankers.

  • SafetyViking

    Good. Why buy the book when there’s a library in town?

    • godozo

      Ugly analogy. Knowledge is meant to be shared, women…not. Even the Founding Fathers and many of the old-school Robber Barons would agree (Carnegie anyone? He funded a nation’s worth of libraries.).

      Try “Why buy the cow when the milk is free?”. Lifelong Mates (both male and female) ARE a limited resource, and like milk is worth paying for to keep (or keep the flow coming, depending on the item).

  • wombleranger

    I don’t like to be the one to say this but….if you remove spirituality and morals from a society you end up with the western world. America isn’t the only western power suffering this condition come to Canada where anyone with a problem gets a Prozac prescription and it’s free!!! We would be wise to remember the former Soviet Union and it’s devastation of the churches and religions. Now we must ask ourselves are we staring to become a communist nation? To quote William Penn ” .Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants”-certainly is food for thought! A lonely mind is a dangerous mind.

    • Eileen Kuch

      Very well put, wombleranger. Indeed, if you remove spirituality and morals from a society, that society starts to fragment. Just look at America today. It’s barely recognizable as the God-fearing nation it used to be.

      I don’t know about your Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, but Barack Obama is the worst Presidents we ever had. He’s hell-bent on destroying the old America and turning it into a USSA, a near image of the early 20th Century USSR, where Orthodox Christian Churches were devastated and the religion driven underground.

      Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants – William Penn

      Great quote, too.

      • wombleranger

        Thanks Eileen. It’s comforting to see there are still moral people in this world, now we just need to wake-up the good souls from the deep sleep. It’s an uphill battle to be sure, but as long as i breath i will never forsake my dignity, morals and most of all my God.

  • nilro

    Too many nut cases out there, Animals are a better bet.

  • Truman Golden

    yes but they hate us for our misery ..i mean freedom. yes that’s right!

  • http://www.angryharry.com/ Angry Harry

    Persistent feminist hostility towards men and abuse hysteria have made it very difficult indeed for people to remain secure in their close relationships.

    Indeed, they have made all relationships between men, women and children fraught with dangers.

    Which is why Government keeps supporting these things.

    The more “disharmony” that there is in a society, the more does government get to empower itself.

    Divide and rule.

    • wombleranger

      Exactly! Unfortunately it’s now divide and conquer.

    • Aston Martin

      True dat son, ain’t no one wants to fujks with them Westernized beeaches. I’d rather pay a qhore to give me her services than wife a modern slotmachine.

      Fujk dat ish these modernized Western women are typical of the German women in the weimar republic when them outsiders was spreading their filth before World War 2 came out.

      • Lars Lonte

        We both totally agree with each other.

    • Lars Lonte

      You speak the truth.

  • Tatiana Covington

    It is better to have and not need, than to need and not have. Ergo preppers are right even if nothing happens.

    In that null case their food shopping is done for years ahead and their utility bills are small to nil.

  • DaShui

    If everybody is an individual it’s easier for the corp./gov. to control us. That’s why it’s promoted in the media.

    • wombleranger

      I sometimes wonder if that’s why Marijuana is so demonized? Can’t have the eaters getting together and peacefully solving the problems that our so called appointed great leaders are more than happy to supply us with! No conflicts no competition!! Makes us difficult to manipulate when you see your fellow man as a brother, instead of your enemy.

      Alcohol is fully endorsed by Governments everywhere, and we all know how destructive it has proven to be for the family-but Marijuana promotes peacefull fellings in most therefore it’s pure evil!!!

    • Aston Martin

      The government and the shoes can control the Westernized women and beeachers but these beeaches can’t control me!

  • Amanda Brand

    One definite issues is linked to the fact that Americans are over worked and under paid. The lack of benefits such as bonus and paid vacations contribute to this isolation factor. The lack of time and money to bond with others adds greatly to isolation. People simply can’t entertain each other.

  • agreed

    so true and thanks for writing it. so you’re not totally alone :) And I hope you are pleasantly surprised soon enough to find there exists others around you, even one other person, who agree(s).

  • Aston Martin

    This “loneliness” appeared to increase in the 2000s and then gained momentum after the 2008 economic crisis.
    Then you have the femaleist movement which is spreading like a cancer throughout the world.

    The elites have us like slaves fighting for the elite’s acceptance.

    Furthermore, which male would risk it by dating the “modern woman”? The modern woman in the Western world is narcissistic, semi-masculine, follows the mainstream culture, works for herself “{independent}, wears yoga pants to show her buttocks because she can’t find a man to settle down with, and the modern woman is a deceiving, conniving and sees the police state as her protector.

    Ain’t no way anyone wants to fujks with those beeaches!

  • Aston Martin

    False. Who funded them shoes Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Shulasmith Firestone to spread their femaleist propaganda? Male hippies?

    • Lars Lonte

      I can tell you, who is behind all that madness….Rockefellers and Rothschilds Foundations….Zionists, WASP masons and far worse groups…for example take a look at Ayn Rand and her foundations…her so called philosophy of Objectivism has a certain purpose, like the Monetarism of the neoliberal Chikagoer School of Economy of Milton Friedman…some people want to ruin the whole planet and especially Christian societys!

  • Mr Brabus

    honestly, i’d want to do the whole hook up thing too but then i would be ready to find the right girl and settle down a bit.

  • Craig Adams

    Perhaps it is because our trusted doctors have sexually mutilated most of our males when they were helpless newborns. This sexual assault and child abuse has been masked as “medical procedure”. In truth it is a medically unnecessary, painful, risky, and harmful birth ritual referred to as Routine Infant Circumcision. This irreversible surgical procedure has diminished sexual pleasure for countless American males and their partners. Many males have suffered the lasting physical, psychological, and emotional harm of a mutilation and amputation that they did not consent to.