Bizarre but True Facts that Will Make You Lose Faith in Humanity
The world can be a depressing place sometimes. While the quality of life is generally improving for everyone, there are plenty of things still wrong with life in the 21st century. We like to think that everything is on an upward trend forever, but some things keep coming back when you look a little deeper. Here are 10 real statistics to depress you.
#1 - Sex toy injuries soared after 50 Shades of Gray was published
On a lighter note, the S&M craze triggered by the hit book 50 Shades of Gray has led to a lot of people becoming more adventurous and daring in the bedroom. However, "daring" and "prepared" turn out to be two different things--since the book was published in 2011, sex toy-related injuries in emergency rooms have nearly doubled.
#2 - You're more likely to get bitten by an American than a rat.
In 2012, over 40,000 ER visits were recorded in the United States for having human bite wounds. That's ten times the number of people bitten by rats. Human's aren't the number one source of bites--that's dogs, by a landslide--but we're a rank above vermin.
#3 - American toddlers are shooting one person per week.
In 2015, the Washington Post did a study, and found out that in that year, a toddler shot someone, on average, once a week. Sometimes it was themselves, other times it was other people, sometimes the wounds were lethal and sometimes they weren't. But there is an epidemic in the United States of children finding unsecured guns and horrible tragedies occurring.
#4 - Poor people are more likely to die in a car crash.
If you do not have a high school diploma, the Washington Post calculates, you are 4.3 times more likely to die in a car crash than someone with a college degree. That doesn't mean a college degree makes you a great driver, but poor people in rural areas have less access to safety features found on more expensive cars, and the roads in their neighborhoods tend to be lower quality.
#5 - If you're an educated woman, you're less likely to find a date.
College-educated women are finding it harder and harder to find dates than their lower-educated counterparts. College-educated people in their 20s and 30s see women outnumber the men by five to four. In a world where people often date within their own educational brackets, that mismatch in gender numbers means that some women are having a hard time finding intellectual equals to date.
#6 - Your name effects what you do in life.
Time and time again, studies have shown that your name has a bizarre effect on your future. People with stereotypically white names are 33% more likely to get callbacks for jobs than people with stereotypically black names. Girls with feminine names are less likely to enter science or technology fields. Boys with asexual names are statistically more likely to act out in school. It turns out, there's a great deal in a name.
#7 - Campuses are more likely to ban toy guns than real ones.
While the debate about where it is and is not appropriate to carry a gun continues in the United States, some colleges have begun cracking down on the REAL danger--toys. At Texas A&M, you are allowed to keep a real gun thanks to a concealed carry law. You are not, however, allowed to own a NERF gun in the dorm--that's dangerous!
#8 - Your love life and credit score are interlinked.
A recent report by the US Federal Reserve Board found out that one of the most important factors in a relationship's success were comparable credit scores. Having the same outlook on financial security, for good and ill, outweighed many other factors for compatibility, and tended to be found in more "committed relationships".
#9 - The rich live longer
Money may not buy happiness, but it can apparently keep you from the Grim Reaper. In the US, the richest 20 percent live, on average, 12 years longer than the poorest 20 percent. Similar statistics can be found in the UK and elsewhere in the world. Money gets you better access to health care, exercise and nutrition, and that increases life expectancy.
#10 - Your health is worth less than you think it is.
In Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and South Carolina, new laws allow companies to opt-out of workers' compensation. For example, if you are unfortunate enough to lose your hand at work, you are entitled to an average of $145,000 in compensation. Many companies in Texas, however, are on the hook for just $50,000 thanks to these opt-out laws.