Surveys are a crude measure of personal lives, but they do provide something of a reality check. So it’s worth noting that a large-scale study shows that Britons are increasingly depressed, unhappy in their relationships, and alienated from civic society despite higher incomes, better health and much greater opportunity for women. Some notable statistics:
- Roughly twice as many of those born in 1970 as in 1958 admited to depression and anxiety at age 23.
- Of those born in 1946, 97% of fathers and 94% of mothers were living with their own children when in their 30s. That was the case for just 63% of fathers and 59% of mothers born in 1970.
- Some 60% of men born in 1946 were members of community and voluntary organizations when in their 30s, but only 15% of those born in 1958 and 8% of those born in 1970.
It’s difficult to know how to reverse “progress” of the sort we as well as the British have been experiencing in recent decades. Still, it does seem that it can’t go on forever, and if it’s built into fundamental aspects of the world we live in the logical conclusion is that at some point the world will see quite radical changes.