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Crisis: American Boys Are Falling Behind in Just About Every Single Area

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By Michael Snyder

As a society we appear to be really dropping the ball, because the numbers indicate that American boys are deeply struggling in just about every area.  Many professionals are pointing to a “crisis of fatherhood” as one of the key factors, and as I pointed out the other day, approximately a third of all U.S. children are now being raised in a home without a father.  Of course this negatively affects our girls as well, but there is something about that lack of a masculine role model that seems to particularly hurt boys.  However, the lack of a traditional family structure cannot explain all of the numbers that I am about to share with you.  As you will see, we are facing a crisis that will not easily be solved.

Warren Farrell, the co-author of a new book entitled “The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It”, has identified three key areas that he is most concerned about.

The first is education

It is a crisis of education. Worldwide, 60% of the students who achieve less than the baseline level of proficiency in any of the three core subjects of the Program for the International Assessment are boys. Even boys’ IQs are dropping.

Today, girls are educationally outperforming boys in elementary school, middle school and high school.

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And by the time college rolls around, the performance gap is absolutely enormous.  In fact, females have earned at least 57 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the United States for 18 years in a row.

The second area Farrell is deeply concerned about is mental health

It is a crisis of mental health. Boys’ suicide rate goes from only slightly more than girls before age 14 to three times that of girls’ between 15 and 19, to 4 1/2 times that of girls between 20 and 24. Mass shooters, prisoners and Islamic State terrorism recruits are at least 90% male.

In addition to all of that, males commit 90 percent of all homicides in the United States, and men lead women by a very wide margin in just about every other violent crime category as well.

This is one area where the lack of a father in the home really seems to make a difference.  According to one very alarming study, when there is a 1 percent increase in fatherlessness in a neighborhood, on average it leads to a 3 percent rise in adolescent violence.

Sadly, it appears that our young people are steadily becoming unhappier over time.  The following numbers come from the Free Beacon

Recent years have seen a rise in Americans 12 to 25 saying they are unhappy. Since 2012, the proportion of 8th and 10th graders who tell the Monitoring the Future survey that they felt unhappy has crept up from 13 percent to 18 percent. In roughly the same time, the proportion of 18- to 25-year-olds who say they are unhappy has risen from 11 to 17 percent, according to the General Social Survey.

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And as I pointed out in one recent article, other studies have found a clear link between unhappiness and social media use.

The Internet can be used for great good, but it can also be heavily toxic, and today many of our young people are “plugged in” almost constantly

Essentially 100 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds are on social media. Fifty-four percent think they spend too much time on their cellphone; 72 percent of teens say their phone is sometimes the first thing they look at upon waking up.

 

This, Twenge argues in her book iGen, explains a lot about why they are unhappy. Using several national surveys, Twenge argues that screen-using activities are linked to indicators of depression and unhappiness. For example, she finds that kids using devices more than three hours a day are 30 percent more likely to have an indicator of suicidality.

The third major area that Farrell is deeply concerned about is physical health

It is a crisis of physical health. American men’s life expectancy has decreased two-tenths of a year even as American women’s has remained the same. Boys and men are dying earlier in 14 out of 15 of the leading causes of death.

Overall, men are living 4.9 years less than women in the United States.

One thing that would help would be to encourage our young men to avoid engaging in extremely risky behavior.  Young males tend to get hooked on drugs and alcohol at much higher rates than young females, and one recent study found that an alarming percentage of our boys are having sex before they reach the age of 13.  The following comes from CBS News

Talking to your children about sex can be awkward, but new research suggests that parents need to have those conversations much earlier than they do.

 

In two national surveys, investigators found that between 4% and 8% of boys reported having sex before they were 13. That number varied greatly depending on where the boys lived. In San Francisco, just 5% of boys said they had sex before 13, but in Memphis that number jumped to 25%.

Can that number for Memphis possibly be accurate?

I certainly hope not.

Unfortunately, it is not just in the United States where boys are falling behind.  If you can believe it, boys are educationally behind girls in each of the 63 largest developed nations.

The world has changed, and it appears to be leaving boys behind.

But what is going to happen when all of those boys grow up?

The young people of today are the future, and right now that future is not looking very promising at all.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared NowThe Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dreamand The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

Republished with permission End of the American Dream

 

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About Michael Snyder

Almost everyone will find something in my articles that will deeply upset them. That is okay. I am a truthseeker. I just call it like I see it. If you disagree with me on some issues I will not be offended. I hope that you will not be offended if I disagree with you on some issues.One of the things that you should know about me is that I put a very high priority on love. Even though I write about a lot of heavy issues, hopefully I am doing it with a loving heart. If we want to make it through the times that are coming we have got to start learning how to love one another.The world is becoming a very cold, cruel place. It sure could use a lot more love.Another thing that you should know about me is that I am a Christian. And I am one of those Christians that actually believes the Bible, and there are a lot of people out there that don’t like people like that.I believe that God loves us very much and that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to this earth to die on the cross for our sins.

4 comments

  1. I must start this by divulging that I am an OLD woman, from another age, another way of life, but I am a born and bred Texas woman where we were taught to speak our minds. I have two sons, both in their 50’s and have recently become aware of something I never expected of my boys. My Navy husband would have called them “p***y-whipped”! That’s an ugly term, but unfortunately seems to describe them well. One of my grandsons is married, has a 3 year old and works all day as an electrician. His wife is a beauty operator 3 days a week, and leaves their child with her mother. Just as his mother, my grandson’s wife runs the household, but doesn’t do much “Housewife” stuff. One of my sons has a wife who works and who commutes about 30 minutes each way, 5 days a week. He, on the other hand has a 2-3 hour commute EACH WAY, in addition to his job. His wife gets home about 5:30 and immediately begins screeching at the kids, and the dogs when she gets home if she sees any dirty dishes not put into the dishwasher, yet she doesn’t bother to wash them before she goes to work, cooks either pasta or rice along with a chicken breast – and that’s dinner — at 8:00 pm. Frequently, he must cook the dinner for the family when he gets home while his spends her early evening rehearsing all the insults she received that day. My granddaughter joins the conversation with her own litany of insults for the day. Indignation seems to be the leading attitude. I have been living here for 3 months and during that time, I’ve seen my son’s wife do the laundry, and ONE day she did some housework – then complained about it for hours. My son is the primary housewife in the house! He is so exhausted, frankly I fear for his health, but they do truly love one another so what is the solution? Women of the baby boomer generation and younger have become aggressive and twist men around their little fingers because they KNOW they can control with sex! Now, we read of these people complaining about “toxic masculinity”. How absurd. They should be calling it “toxic femininity”. It appears to me that marriage is no longer a partnership between a man and a woman, it is more a master/servant relationship! I thank God I am old enough to have had a REAL man for a husband, not a snowflake. Viva toxic masculinity – those are the kinds of men who made this country great! Too bad so many of them are now dead.

  2. “American Boys Are Falling Behind in Just About Every Single Area”

    Because we’re making them girls…..

  3. Men are no longer heading for college, but for trade and technical schools. In short, they recognize the corrupt PC culture, and withdrawing from supporting the governing institutions and system. They intend to survive, but will no longer seek college educated feminist foolish minded women. They have been betrayed, and they know it.

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