In a few weeks, the class of 2017 will begin their first year in high school. You probably remember the mix of nervousness, excitement, and confusion you felt yourself like it was yesterday. High school is, by and large, a time of fun and learning, but it’s also when the realities of the world finally start to sink in for most teenagers. Here are 32 extremely upsetting facts for the class of 2017 that they’ll soon find out, or they would, if they weren’t likely to turn out idiots like the rest of us.
1) Accidents, homicides, and suicide account for 64% of all deaths for people ages 1-24.
2) 3,030,000 high school students drop out of school annually.
3) That’s over 8,000 a day.
4) “In 2010, almost 3,000 young adults died from prescription drug (mainly opioid) overdoses—more than died from overdoses of any other drug, including heroin and cocaine combined—and many more needed emergency treatment.” (via)
5) That’s a 250% increase from 1999. 8 people a day.
6) Almost 1 in 10 Americans are medically depressed.
7) This video
8) “Homicide disproportionately affects persons aged 10–24 years in the United States and consistently ranks in the top three leading causes of death in this age group, resulting in approximately 4,800 deaths and an estimated $9 billion in lost productivity and medical costs in 2010.” (via)
9) “Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) say 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. The ten warmest years in the 132-year record have all occurred since 1998. The last year that was cooler than average was 1976.” (via)
11) This whole fucking mess. (via)
12) “The suicide rate for Americans 35 to 54 increased nearly 30 percent between 1999 and 2010; for men in their 50s, it rose nearly 50 percent. More Americans now die of suicide than in car accidents, and gun suicides are almost twice as common as gun homicides.” (via)
13) You’re probably going to get divorced.
14) Which will come after a long string of heartbreaks. Each of which, in their own way, feel like the end of the world. As if something has been ripped out from inside of you and dashed onto the rocks before your eyes. In the best cast scenario, you will insulate yourself from the lessons learned in each case, and plunge ahead as if you had learned nothing, only to repeat the same process over and over.
15) There are an estimated 300 million guns in the United States. For civilians, that is.
16) That’s just about enough for every single human soul in the country to all kill themselves at the same time.
17) There’s no such thing as a soul, however.
18) A member of the military is being sent to prison for 35 years for speaking out against what she saw as abuses of the government. This is funny, because the person in question identifies as the opposite gender than she was born.
19) Even as gay marriage gains a foothold, don’t forget, there will always be someone for us to otherize and ridicule for the way they were born.
20) We haven’t heard the last of Stand Your Ground.
21) “In forty-one states, obesity rates are 25% or more. Not one state in America has an obesity rate of 20% or less.” (via)
22) “Compared to 1980, when obesity rates of 15% or more did not exist…”
23) In the year 2013, women still make on average 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.
24) There are people whose job it is to try to prove to you that poor people would rather be on welfare and lay around all day than have a job and some sense of pride in themselves. Millions of people, probably ones you know, maybe even you, are meant to be more outraged by this idea of a poor family getting an extra few bucks a month for food than, say, trillions spent on missiles.
25) That type of thinking is never going away.
26) 8 million Americans have an eating disorder. “The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old.” (via)
27) Unemployment is up in more than half of states this past month. 7.4% of working age Americans don’t have a job.
28) 100 % of people die.
29) Yes, even you.
30) I know, I know, it’s really weird, and I wish it didn’t have to be that way either, but it does.
31) This is one of the most popular websites on the internet.
32) It’s hugely influential.