What is the point of maintaining our superpower status if it leaves us prone to anxiety?
Americans aren’t the most anxious people in the world but our anxiety levels have grown faster than those of any other nation that has been measured. A survey by Unisys Security Index reports the sharp rise since their last survey in 2014. The people point to terrorism as one source of their anxiety. Is that the reason or is there a deeper fear?
The Miami Herald reports, “Pass the valium: U.S. anxiety levels climb faster than rest of the world.”
The Unisys index surveyed more than 13,000 people in 13 countries in April, and is considered one of the only recurring global snapshots of citizen perceptions.
“It appears that our cloak of security, the impression that we had that we are more secure than the rest of the world, is starting to fade,” said Bill Searcy, vice president for global justice, law enforcement and border security at Unisys, a global information technology company.
Levels of U.S. anxiety jumped sharply since the last such survey was conducted in 2014, and came in at the highest levels since the surveys began a decade ago.
The United States held eighth place among the 13 countries, chalking up the same score on perceptions of security as Colombia but trailing Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, the survey found. Those feeling even more insecure than Americans reside in Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines.