|Do You Have Any Real Friends?
In light of the tragic shootings in Ohio and Texas, some observers have pointed to the isolation that seems to be a common trait in the young men who commit these horrible crimes. (There is an excellent article on the likely connection between the breakdown of the family, divorce, and fatherlessness as a common thread in mass shooters that is well worth reading. We have posted it on our web site here: https://www.afain.net/2019/08/guns-are-not-the-ultimate-cause-of-mass-killings/)
According to a new survey, millennials who are active social media users may be the loneliest generation that America has ever observed. The poll of 1,254 adults aged 18 and older has found that a startling 27% of millennials have no close friends. This contrasts with only 9% of Baby Boomers and 15% of GenXers report having no friends. (The study did not include the younger Gen Z.)
Not surprisingly a full third of young people ages 20-30 report feeling lonely “often” or “always.” On the positive side, 49% of millennials said that they had between one and four “close friends” and 70% said that they have a best friend. However, based upon the other stats the researchers note that their best friend is possibly their only friend. The survey found that across the board a third of all Americans feel making friends is difficult.
There are several studies which have found that a significant degree of social media use can increase both loneliness and depression.
New Study Finds Harm in Abortion Drugs
In recent years, abortion procedures have somewhat moved away from a surgical process to more women using pills to produce an abortion. Testimony from women who have obtained chemical abortions tends to confirm that abortion-minded women believe that taking a pill is an easier route than an invasive procedure.
They may also have been led to believe that taking a pill has fewer side effects, but that is questionable. One can see how a woman in crisis might believe that simply taking a few pills will make her “problem” go away. Yet, I have heard testimony from women at the Indiana statehouse describing what happened, which could only be termed as gruesome.
Now a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience provides additional evidence of the harmful biological and behavioral effects of drug-induced abortion. Using rat subjects, the study “strongly suggest that pregnancy termination induces significant negative biological and behavioral changes in the rat.” The study found that drug-induced abortion presented more negative effects than a spontaneous abortion through miscarriage. The three-year study indicates that there are negative consequences such as depression, anxiety, loss of appetite and decreased self-care after terminating a viable pregnancy using mifepristone and misoprostol.
You may have the same question I did regarding a study using rats being connected to humans. Dr. Stephen Sammut, a neuroscientist and psychology professor who led the research, explained that rats are commonly used in these types of studies because of their similarities in physiology and neurophysiology to humans.
Swinging Single Advocate Admits to Being “Truly Alone”
The six-year TV series in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, called Sex in the City may have glamorized the lives of single women, but its originator has now admitted that the trailblazing legacy it promoted brought her deep loneliness in real life.
Candace Bushnell, who wrote the original 1997 novel that spawned the successful HBO series, recently told the Sunday Times magazine that she regrets not having a family. Bushnell, now 60, said, “When I was in my 30’s and 40’s I didn’t think about it. . . then when I got divorced and I was in my 50’s, I started to see the impact of not having children and truly being alone. I see that people with children have an anchor in a way that people who have no kids don’t.”
Bushnell divorced in 2012 after 10 years of marriage. She is preparing to release a new book titled, “Is There Still Sex in the City?” The book deals with what she describes as middle-aged sadness and other obstacles many single women face as they turn 50.
Her new novel follows a group of middle-aged New York City women who travel to the Hamptons for a fresh start, much like she has done in real life. “We’re all single women without children. And you think about, what are you going to do when you get old? If you don’t have kids, you realize, ‘Who is going to take care of me? Your girlfriends?’”
A Close Shave? Not Hardly
One would have to question the financial wisdom a business leader who appears comfortable with offending customers, but that’s exactly the response the CFO of the Gillette shaving company had to some bad news. After a string of offensive advertisements attacking manhood and promoting a leftist agenda with a commercial of a father showing his trans-daughter how to shave her face, Gillette has now lost over $8 billion in revenue.
The Procter & Gamble owned company claimed that this loss was not due to it’s political lurch, but rather to more men growing beards. Externally, Gillette is ignoring groups like our national office, which called for people to buy something other than Gillette for their shaving needs. It would seem that a huge number of Americans have left Gillette.
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