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Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy? Part 2

I began part one of “Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy?” with data showing the apparently unprecedentedly high rate of unhappiness among young people in America (and elsewhere, but I am focusing on America). The rates of suicide, self-injury, depression, mass shootings and loneliness (at all ages) are higher than ever recorded. It seems that Americans may have been happier, and certainly less lonely, during the Great Depression and World War II than today, even with today’s unprecedentedly high levels of health, longevity, education and material well-being. There is, of course, no single explanation, and I listed a number [...]

2020-02-07T08:03:37+00:00February 7th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Youth crisis: Land of the free and home of the miserable?

Here are some unhappy statistics: — In America between 1946 and 2006, the suicide rate quadrupled for males ages 15 to 24 and doubled for females the same age. — In 1950, the suicide rate per 100,000 Americans was 11.4. In 2017, it was 14. — According to Grant Duwe, director of research and evaluation at the Minnesota Department of Corrections, in the 1980s, there were 32 mass public shootings (which he defines as incidents in which four or more people are killed publicly with guns within 24 hours). In the 1990s, there were 42. In the first decade of [...]

2020-02-02T23:44:12+00:00February 1st, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Can You Get Herpes from Kissing? And 14 Other Things to Know

Is it possible? Yes, you can contract oral herpes, aka cold sores, from kissing, but developing genital herpes this way is less likely. Oral herpes (HSV-1) is usually transmitted by kissing, and genital herpes (HSV-2) is most often spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause genital herpes, but genital herpes is most commonly caused by HSV-2. There’s no need to swear off kissing forever on account of herpes, though. Read on for everything you need to know about herpes from kissing and other contact. How does kissing transmit HSV? Oral herpes is mainly transmitted by skin-to-skin contact with [...]

2020-01-27T20:27:42+00:00January 24th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood Movie Review

Why would anyone want to watch a movie about Mr. Rogers? We all like movies that make us feel like a bigger person when it's over. Maybe for that reason, I liked the movie, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  From the movie's quote, "He's a little more complex than I thought," it's going to take some time for me to unpack the lessons in this movie, or in the life of Fred Rogers. I'll be watching it again. Besides, it has some fairly nice drama. The main character of the movie was a writer named Lloyd Vogel rather [...]

2020-01-15T11:04:07+00:00January 15th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Alcohol, Fun? But for Increasing Numbers, Lethal

Ads and movies promote it as the essential key to a fun social life, but for some reason leave out its darker aspects. Here are a few facts about alcohol they might not want you to know about.  Alcohol abuse affects more than 20 million Americans; about 90,000 people die of alcohol related causes each year in the US.  Alcohol-related Deaths Doubled in a Decade Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism analyzed the death certificates of Americans ages 16 and up between 1999 and 2017. And while 35,914 deaths were alcohol-related in 1999, that number doubled to [...]

2020-01-15T15:25:42+00:00January 15th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments