The modern world is full of wonders. From technology to spirituality, we seem to be basking in the glory of everything. And yet like every bygone century, we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. This is enough for you to think that maybe the universe is pulling a prank on you or maybe the modern world is just an illusion. Here are 5 bizarre facts that will make you lose faith in the modern world.
#1. Your life expectancy depends on your bank balance
Good news for rich people- you get to live more! Though the overall life expectancy is rising, but the richer sections seem to be benefitting more. It has been found that the top 20% of the income groups can expect 12 more years in their life span.
We knew life isn’t fair, but death too?
#2. Your name can impact your life in ridiculous ways
According to a 2002 report by Gallup analyst, we are more bound to find professions that resemble our first names. It has also been reported that job applicants with black names are 33% less likely to get a call than applicants with white names. This isn’t all. It gets even more weird with your surname. A last name with a higher alphabet order has been shown to correlate with success.
#3. Educated females are less likely to find dates
Here is a friendly reminder- we are living in the 21st century! And yet educated women are finding it difficult to get dates? Is it sexism or something else?
Here’s what the problem is all about. Majority of people tend to date and marry into their own class but with colleges having a male and female ratio of 43: 57, there is a dearth of men with an equal level of education. So for people over 30 and with a college degree, the dating pool has four men for every five women. This will of course spell trouble for the sisterhood!
#4. Your chances of dying in a car crash increase if you are poor
You know what they say “death comes for all”. Apparently, it will come sooner for you if you are poor. According to federal statistics on car accidents, traffic accidents have been worse in the least educated and poorest of the areas. It was found that people without high school diploma have 4.3 times greater chances of being involved in a car crash than those with a college degree. Sounds weird, right?
Here is a simple explanation. People in these areas are forced to live in less secure surroundings. They also drive cheaper and older cars which make them more prone to accidents.
#5. American toddlers are shooting one person in a week
As bizarre as it sounds, it is true. In October 2015, a 2-year-old kid in South Carolina shot his grandmother. The story turned heads and prompted a study that proved that an American toddler shot at least one person a week. Not only this, some kids have even shot themselves. It was found that by October 2015, little kids had shot and injured at least 10 people. Moreover, 13 kids had shot themselves.