Did you know the average work commute has only gone up about three minutes in the past 50 years? In 1960, the average commute took 22.4 minutes. And in 2010, it was 25.5 minutes.
But the average DISTANCE travelled has gone up. In the '60s, about 10% of people could walk to work. Now only about 3% can. Check out seven more ways the average American's life has changed in the past 50 years.
1. We Watch a Lot More TV. Which you probably assumed already, but here are the numbers . . .
In 1962, the average household watched a total of 5 hours and 6 minutes of TV each day. And by 2012, it was 8 hours and 31 minutes. So in 50 years, it went up about 67% percent.
2. We're More Likely to Live with Our Parents After We Turn 18. In 1960, 13% of young adults were still living at home. Today, it's up to 24%.
3. We Spend More Years of Our Life Single. Or in other words, people wait longer to get married, which you probably knew. In 1960, 72% of all adults were hitched. But by 2010, it had fallen to 51%.
4. We're Less Likely to Smoke Cigarettes, but More Likely to Smoke Pot. Today, 23% of men over the age of 18 smoke cigarettes, compared to a whopping 54% in the mid-60's. But in 1969, only 4% of adults said they'd tried marijuana, compared to 48% now.
5. Men Are Doing More Housework, and Women Are Doing Less. In 1965, women averaged 28 hours of housework per week, and men only averaged FOUR. Today, the average woman does 15, and the average guy does nine.
So, housework for men has more than doubled, and housework for women has almost been cut in half. But women STILL do more.
6. Men Work Ten Fewer Hours Per Week, and Women Work Ten More. In 1965, the average guy worked 45 hours a week, and women worked 15 hours. Today, it's dropped to 35 hours for men, and increased to 25 hours for women.
7. We're Much More Likely to Elect a Female President. In 1963, 55% of people said that if their party nominated a well-qualified woman for president, they'd vote for her. A poll from 2007 . . . when Hillary Clinton ran . . . showed that 88% would. (Buzzfeed)
Everything's digital now, and people keep notes on their cell phones. So sometimes it's hard to even find a piece of scrap paper to jot something down. Still, this guy should have tried harder.
Last Thursday, 30-year-old Chris Fulton walked into a bank near Oklahoma City and handed one of the tellers a note that said, quote, "You know what to do or we all DIE." Then he ran out empty-handed when he thought the teller set off a silent alarm.
Now, it's not clear if Chris even had a gun on him. But what WAS clear was that the piece of paper he'd written the note on was actually a PERSONAL CHECK.
And he'd used a pen to scratch out the name and numbers on it. But when cops looked at it closely, they COULD make out the information.
The next day, Chris turned himself in after he saw a security camera photo of himself in the paper. And he claims he doesn't even remember doing it . . . because he'd been up for four days straight doing METH.
But even if he hadn't admitted to it, police would have found him. Because it turns out it was one of his MOM'S checks, which he'd stolen. He's being charged with first-degree robbery.
If it wasn't for music, FRANKIE BALLARD may have ended up as a professional baseball player. He was a shortstop at WesternMichiganUniversity, and he was a hard worker . . . until music got in the way.
He says, quote, "I was a baseball junkie and I played guitar. I never thought of music as a career, I just did it. So I started writing songs in college and I'd go out to an open mike night and a blues jam and I started to realize I could do that.
"Once I realized that, it changed. I used to stay after practice and take an extra 300 ground balls, and then all of a sudden I was leaving early and heading to the blues jam."
By then, baseball had taken a back seat to music. He says, quote, "My coach wouldn't let me bring my guitar on the bus. I asked, but he wouldn't let me."
Once the decision was made, he went all the way. He says, quote, "I'd do any gig they'd have me at. Free beer, whatever. I'd be there. I'm thankful for the formative years, building my chops."
MARTINA MCBRIDE had the honor of performing with GEORGE STRAIT last weekend on his Cowboy Rides Away tour.
KEITH URBAN is selling his own line of graphic T-shirts. Each one will cost you 60 bucks, but he IS giving some of it back.
The company making them has a factory in Haiti and they invest 50% of the profits into the employees, families and local communities.
You can check 'em out at ByKeithUrban.com. Click on the "By Keith Urban Collection" button to see the shirts.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite artist is doing while you're fidgeting in your seat waiting for the damn concert to start?
Chances are, they're goofing off. That's what LADY ANTEBELLUM was up to in a recent episode of Lady A TV that shows them backstage dancing, drinking from red solo cups and singing off-key.
Michael Breach is an artist, or more accurately, a coffee artist. Check out his collection, including his recent coffee depictions of Oscar nominees, at Baristart.tumblr.com.