You Should Know
Is the decline linked to digital media activities?
According to the World Happiness Report of 2019, happiness and life satisfaction among US adolescents suddenly declined after 2012 while the year before (from 1991-2011), it had been primarily increasing. What happened? Some say smartphones. By 2012 the majority of Americans owned smartphones and began spending more of their leisure time on digital media activities such as gaming, social media and texting, and less leisure time on other activities linked to happiness like face-to-face interactions, attending religious services, and sleeping. Experts think it could be the displacement of these other activities that is making us less happy, and not simply the addition of the digital media activities.
What’s better than a hug from mom?
Nothing. But, according to one study, a phone call is just as good. In the study, a group of children were put in a stressful situation and then allowed to be physically comforted by their mother, verbally comforted by her, or neither. Interestingly, the children who were only able to call their mom still experienced the same rise in oxytocin levels (which helped lower stress levels) as the children
Last year, Salary.com surveyed stay-at-home moms and discovered they spend up to 96 hours per week working to keep the family running. This work includes academic advising, accounting, educating, event planning, housekeeping, grounds keeping, maintenance supervision, network admin and more. Then, they calculated what the average annual salary for mothers would be - if they got paid for all that work. The amount? Over $160,000. Bummer there’s no actual paycheck.
There are over 400,000 children in foster care in the US. The average age of kids entering foster care is 7. More than 60% of the children spend two to five years in the system before being adopted. About 30,000 age out of the system without being adopted and research has shown that those who never find a forever family are more likely to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults. Something to consider.