Still recovering from a recession, and facing social, racial and political tensions, the US is adapting to challenging times. With teens being pushed to perform, grandparents stepping up to support families, and adults unwinding by getting in touch with their inner child, Americans are feeling the pressure.
America’s confidence in its world leader status is slipping. Only 37% of citizens see the US as the world’s leading economy. In a bid to return the country to its ‘rightful place’ at the top of the table, American parents, teachers and institutions are putting extra pressure on students.
Eager for a break from adult responsibilities, Americans are flocking to fantasy football leagues, tabletop gaming meet-ups and adult summer camps. And with the US ranked 28th among advanced nations in ‘work-life’ balance, it’s no wonder grown-ups are looking for ways to unwind.
The US has never been more educated – or more in debt, as the rising cost of a college education is becoming more and more of a financial albatross. Overeducated and underemployed, a nation of graduates are redefining what it means to be middle class.