https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/our-miserable-21st-century/Here's a pretty good article on the subject. I kind of doubt people like us show up as much more than a blip in the statistics, but it is an interesting topic as to why people across the financial and political spectrum seem to be increasing rejecting work.
That commentary magazine article at least explains who's taking all the Vicodin! But in all seriousness, it sucks that their life has become crap. Has anyone offered a reasonable solution to their problem (other than kick out all the illegal immigrants and go back to manual farming for the next 5 years that is a thing?)
Quote from: Abe on February 26, 2017, 09:26:01 PMPersonally, I'm not really sure it's a problem for the individuals involved at least. In a lot of cases they seem perfectly happy to be living in moms basement playing video games or watching TV while the wife brings home all the money. Um, yeah, that was my ex-husband. I suspect that many of the men in this group are not FIRE'd men, as you are striving for, but rather men who simply aren't interested in working when they can have someone else support them, thus freeing them up to watch television and play video games all day. Glad I wised up so fast and got the heck out of that train wreck.
Personally, I'm not really sure it's a problem for the individuals involved at least. In a lot of cases they seem perfectly happy to be living in moms basement playing video games or watching TV while the wife brings home all the money.
I'm sure data on women's unemployment was not collected in the 50s, but I do wonder if part of the increase in "soldiers" can be credited to more equal employment AND unemployment between the sexes. In other words, the option to be employed in the leisure army became a more available option.Also, this chart seems to be presented just to have readers guess at the causes which are no doubt informed by biases just as my first paragraph is.Go army!