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Do you believe Americans are poor at exercising self control because we are surrounded by excess?

By MEGHAN CLYNE

If you've already ditched your New Year's resolution, you are not alone: These days, self-control isn't exactly America's strong suit. Our economy is hobbled because too many of us bought homes we couldn't afford. Obesity is rampant—fueling demand for devices like the "Liftseat 600," a motorized toilet that will raise a 600-pound person to a standing position.

 

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tasches

Asked by tasches at 5:04 PM on Jan. 5, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Do you believe Americans are poor at exercising self control because we are surrounded by excess?


    Putting it into perspective of this site's 'target audience: When a parent chooses to buy their child a $300 game system, but has NO savings account, NO future outlook, NO way of paying for groceries unless they have taxpayer funded entitlement checks, I say yes....


    When a parent chooses to buy their child a $300 game system, without going into debt~ ONLY after, all bills are paid, savings account is built, and they are at a point of financial independence? Then I say, no.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:29 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I think it is because we don't have to. We don't have limitations on food, on health care, on anything .. We can get anything if we have the means for it. Some people create the means in order to have what they want. I think that we don't have what some smaller countries have as far as limitations, so we don't have to limit ourselves. As well as the fact that a lot of material items surpress the 'hole' that is caused by the lack of something we really need. Love, attention, or whatever it is. So we change need into want and we go crazy.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 5:09 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • When a parent justifies Burger King as being cheaper, but then blames their families obesity on "genes", I say yes..

    When a parent is engaged in their child's learning, health, and activitiy, I say no...
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:34 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • When a parent allows their child to be surrounded by video games, television, computers, etc with NO parental restraints, but can give at least 10 excuses why they cannot excersise or actively engage their child to excersise, I say YES


    When a parent ACTUALLY parents, and controls the limits of their child's exposure to said products and gets off their ass and exercises WITH their child or engages their child to get active ? I say no..


     


     


    See a trend here.....   It all comes down to PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY...  Common Sense....

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:39 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Are there parents out there teaching their children personal responsibility is NOT an essential life development strategy? YES


     Are there parents out there teaching their children to have goals, to be personally responsible for their choices and actions? Yes....


     Are there people in the middle? Yes....


    Which ones succeed because of individual responsibility? Which ones grow the entitlement mentality? Which ones just work a mediocre job with little ambition? How do each of these ( and plenty of other scenarios out there) play into America's FUTURE?

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:45 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • This statement could apply to other things as well~ People who are over consumers dependent on government entitlements are likely will have kids who are over consumers who have a sense of entitlement to nanny government- they mirror what they see; it makes an impression on their brains


    A broke nation... Too much consumption.  Too much Entitlement...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:17 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I believe that is only one factor but, It certainly lends a hand.
    goodwitch399

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 5:07 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Some yes, but the majority, No...

    But then why should we? (sarcasm) This progressive admin. that is no longer the majority as of today, has spent tons of money that we didn't have, on lots of really stupid stuff! They have certainly set a great example of exercising self control, haven't they?

    Speak for yourself there, kerpie, "We watch the commercials and we are hypnotised....we buy."
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 9:00 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Your average American is the most consumptive being on the planet-in everything, from food to energy and other natural resources, even debt. Collectively we are impatient, bloated and seldom easily satisfied.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 5:13 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I think our cultures tends to overdue everything.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 5:24 PM on Jan. 5, 2011