Flipping through the channels one night I learned so much unnecessary news I felt like I was trapped in a video version of Trivial Pursuit. Channel after channel I learned more about what’s going on in the life of celebrities then about anything important going on in the world.
I began to wonder what Americans may really know about that is going on around them. So I looked into the current buzzes and learned the things that we Americans are more likely to be aware of. Then I looked into some things that seemed like they would be important and more often then not I had a hard time getting any information on it.
Here are the things that we are more likely to know:
Lindsey Lohan had cocaine in her pocket when she was arrested on July 24th of this year. This of course was after police received a call that Lindsey was chasing her assistant’s mother.
Britney Spears had an emergency hearing to get over night visitation 1 night a week
That Jennifer Lopez is pregnant and oh yeah, it might be twins
That Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have moved into a deluxe penthouse apartment In New York
That Danny Bonaduce tossed Johnny Fairplay Off of him at the Reality TV Awards and now he is going to be sued for it
That Scott Baio was 45 and single
That Pamela Anderson Married Rick Solomon
That Charlie Sheen sent nasty emails to Denise Richards
That Victoria and David Beckham moved to the United States (whippy!)
That Madonna is working on a deal that will land her $120 Million Dollar Contract
That Paris Hilton was spotted with Kid Rock (WOW, I’ll definitely sleep better at night).
Now here are the things that the average American television viewer is less likely to know:
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes
There are 13.3 stolen identities stolen per minute. In a day that would equal 1,440 minutes in a day times 13.3 = 19,152
9 out of 10 (between the ages of 8 and 16) children have viewed pornography on the Internet.
1 out of 5 children have been sexually solicited on the Internet in the past year.
Only 1 out every 3 parents had some kind of parental controls on their computer
On average 3 U.S. Soldiers die each day.
That Health Insurance rates are increasing 3 times faster then average wages.
Compared to 29 other countries the United States only came in 24th place when it came to mathematical performance – (problem solving abilities)
An average of 3,000 teenage girls become pregnant in the United States each day
That works out to about 1.1 million per year.
An average 160,000 students skip school each day to avoid being physically attacked by another student or group.
9.3 million Children in the United States have no health insurance.
In 48 states, the cost of center-based child care for a four-year-old is greater than tuition at a four-year public college. (Study was done in 2004).
900,000 children are confirmed as being victims of abuse or neglect by a parent each year.
12,000 teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease each day.
A teenager commits suicide every 100 minutes.
7,000 teens drop out of school per day. 50% of those drop outs will lose job opportunities to an illegal immigrant.
There is about 304 million people living in the United States – 45 million of them do not speak a word of English (about 15% of the population).
Over 1 million of them are in public schools – where English is the Primary Language.
In the year 2010 more baby boomers will retire then people entering the work force.
It is predicted that this will have a major impact on our Nation’s deficit, possibly catastrophic.
The reality behind this upcoming event is more terrifying then any novel Steven King could ever write.
Maybe these truths are way too hard to handle for the average person. That is my only conclusion when wondering why we know more about trivial news then the news that should matter.
My only question and only concern is where is America’s future heading?