The online survey of 1000 New Zealanders by Australian firm Lonergan Research has found that 50 per cent of New Zealanders think the world is a worse place today than when they were younger, and only 17 per cent think it’s better.
People who thought the world was a worse place today were asked whether they thought this was because of more automation, less human interaction, people becoming more self-centred and greedy, moral decline, more corruption, people becoming lazier, the economy getting worse, more natural disasters or something else.
The most popular answers were that:
- people were becoming more self-centred and greedy 80%
- moral decline 69%
- the economy getting worse (64%
- less human interaction 60%
Half (49%) still felt part of “a close-knit community” and only 46% don’t know most of their neighbours, implying that more than half do.
New Zealanders’ biggest fears for the next 80 years were environmental:
- 84% were concerned that the variety of wildlife might disappear
- 77% cent were concerned that enjoying the great outdoors might disappear.
No mention of immigration, religion, homosexuality or marriage equality there.
So what should we do about it? Shrugging our shoulders won’t achieve anything.
We could do what we can to improve the world, at lweast in our own corner.