Just 25% of Americans Like “Being Social”

Americans are increasingly becoming anti-social. 

According to data from Statista, “socializing” is a major hobby in countries such as Germany (47%), Denmark (41%), and Spain (40%). Spending time with other individuals is one of the principal pastimes for people living in these nations. 

On the contrary, respondents in the United States (25%) and in India (25%) were less likely to view socializing as one of their pastimes.  In the US, Americans were more likely to choose cooking and baking (40%), reading (36%), pets (34%), video games (33%), and outdoor activities (31%) as their man hobbies as opposed to socializing. 

Sadly, such realities are the norm in the increasingly atomized US that has effectively been “bowling alone” over the past few decades. Civil society organizations have been declining substantially over the last few decades. The rise of the welfare state and the subsequent breakdown of the family that it has engendered has largely contributed to this trend. 

With a war on masculinity taking place, many young men have retreated to online activities and other activities that don’t require them to go out and meet people. In turn, people have grown increasingly reclusive. 

High crime rates and increased mass migration has reduced the overall levels of social trust among the American populace. In a similar vein, this decline in social trust makes people less likely to interact with their neighbors and other members of their immediate community. 

Such anti-social trends don’t augur well for the social wealth of the US. If we want a healthy society, we need strong leaders who encourage and incentivize their countrymen to get out and socialize.

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