A new study by George Barna tells us about what Americans look forward to and what they dread. It’s an interesting read. Here are some things that stood out to me and what I think they mean about American culture:
A good night’s sleep, hanging out with friends, and listening to music were the only positive responses by the majority of adults. To me, this means that the American fast paced culture is catching up to us. I’ve said this before, but for some reason, we think that being busy is a good thing. If we have time to rest, hang out with friends, or listen to music, this usually means we are not working hard enough or being “successful”. The majority of us would look forward to a good night’s sleep or time to spend with our friends.
Those from 18-22 years old were very motivated by social networking. They would rather spend time with friends, shop for clothes, eat at restaurants, participate in sporting activities, or discuss religion with friends. Community comes to mind when I think about these ages.
Those ages 23-41 were the least likely to want to discuss religion with others. This sort of implies that religion is a personal matter for this age group.
Read the rest of the study. It is very interesting. The thoughts by the researchers are interesting, too. They aren’t much different than what I’ve mentioned here.