70% of adults said they thought the world has become less safe for children since they were children.
But all the evidence has pointed otherwise.
By almost every measure the world is the safest it has ever been. Child mortality rates are better. There are less wars and refugees. Acts of violence is on the decline. Teens are safer and making smarter choices. We are seeing declines in teen pregnancy, STDs, and drunk driving accidents.
So, what is happening?
We are afraid of the imaginary world we have created in our minds rather the real world. It just feels more dangerous because we are constantly reminded by the amygdala to check the status of the world with our phones. Our perception of things rarely match with the way things are.