Why America Is More Miserable Than Ever Before

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So there's a very fascinating chart here that I believe is one of the reasons why America is becoming significantly less free. Modern families in our households have changed since the 1970s. So for example, I'll narrate this and then we'll put it up on screen. The percentage of 25 to 34 year olds living with a spouse in the United States in the 1970s, 82% of 25 to 34 year olds were living with a spouse. Now it's 38%. That's right. Not only have marriage rates gone down since 1970, but a dramatic decline, a 44% decline of who, young people are living with. It's going to be put up on screen. The percentage of 25 to 34 year olds living with parents or relatives, in 1970, 11% of 25 to 34 year olds were living with their parents. Now 29%. But in addition, cohabitation has increased, living with an unmarried partner, 17% of young people are living with an unmarried partner. Whereas that number was about 1% in the 1970s, 10% of people are just living alone, whereas in 1970, it was 5%. So America is less married than ever before. More people are living with spouses living without spouses or living with their parents or other relatives or the living with roommates are living with a cohabitated partner, and yet we're more miserable. Isn't it interesting how that all works.

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