You have the highest stress levels 25-34 years, with a steep drop after 55.
Women experience greater levels of stress.
Stress levels decrease with greater education and higher income.
WEALTHIEST ZIP CODES: The top five zip codes in America with the highest average income probably won’t surprise you: three of the five are in New York City, while one is in Miami Beach.
Washington, D.C. 20510 ranks as the wealthiest zip code in the District, with an average income of $191,818.
Maryland, Gibson Island, 21056 has an average income of $450,012.
Virginia, Roanoke 24005 has an average income of $394,400
Florida, Miami Beach 33109 with a stunning $2,180,105 in average income.
New York City has the wealthiest zip code (10104), with an average income of $2,976,929.
HOW MUCH DO YOU MAKE? Nearly 73% of full-time workers aren’t comfortable with the idea of discussing their pay with anyone at work other than their boss or the HR department. Only 13% said they’d be “completely comfortable” with sharing such information more broadly, recognizing that it might offer workers better leverage in negotiations. The remaining 14% or so said they would be comfortable discussing their salaries with close colleagues, but not their wider team.
Women were slightly more uncomfortable than men with the idea of sharing what they make, despite what they might stand to gain from doing so. About 74.5% of the women in the sample said they were uncomfortable talking about it with anyone other than a supervisor or HR, compared with 70% of the men.
There was a little more variation, meanwhile, among age groups. Respondents aged 25 to 34 were most likely to welcome the idea of talking openly about their pay. 34% said they were either completely comfortable with it or would do so with close colleagues, compared to 27% of all ages surveyed.
GREAT DC LOVE DEBATE: 71% of D.C. residents are single, and that’s certainly not all by choice. “There seems to be a lot of great men and a lot of great women and they seem to not want to be single. And yet for some reason, there seem to be more of them than ever.”
Why are people single? Are women crazy gold-diggers and men commitment-phobic players?
Life coaches talk of how to change your at-ti-tude, live in the moment and stop treating dates as “spouse-hunting safaris.”
The D.C. dating scene is more focused on relationship status than substance: “I think people have way too many agendas and don’t know how to live life. They just want the title — married, engaged, in a relationship, somebody loves me.
From left: Keri Russell, devious K.G.B. spy on “The Americans”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, beltway egotist on “Veep”; Kerry Washington, home wrecker on “Scandal”; and Robin Wright, icy schemer on “House of Cards.” Credit Craig Blankenhorn/FX; Lacey Terrell/HBO; Danny Feld/ABC; Nathaniel Bell for Netflix (NYTIMES)
GENDER EQUALITY IN DC? There is gender equality of a kind in Washington. On television, it’s the one place where it’s safe to say that women are as bad as the men.
INCOME GAP MEETS LONGEVITY GAP: Fairfax County, Va.is a place of the haves, and McDowell County, W.Va. of the have-nots. Median household income in Fairfax County up to $107,000 McDowell is about one-fifth that of Fairfax. Fairfax men have an average life expectancy of 82 years and women, 85, about the same as in Sweden. In McDowell, the averages are 64 and 73, about the same as in Iraq.
Poverty is a thief. Poverty not only diminishes a person’s life chances, it steals years from one’s life.
Tiger Leaping Gorge Village Home, China (Credits: Christine Lai)
OVERWORKER WAGE GAP: Today’s men are spending more time with their children than their fathers did. But the gender gap in core housework – cooking, cleaning, other day-to-day tasks – hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years. These dynamics in the household carry over into a gender gap in who puts in long work hours.
21st century overworkers are concentrated in the so-called “greedy occupations,” such as doctors, lawyers, even academics. In these occupations,employers often expect undivided attention, loyalty and time commitments from their employees. In some cases, employees compete over who can put in the most hours.
LEFTOVER WOMEN: China show that one in five women aged 25-29 is unmarried. The proportion of unmarried men that age is higher – over a third. However, Chinese men tend to “marry down”, both in terms of age and educational attainment.
“A-quality guys will find B-quality women, B-quality guys will find C-quality women, and C-quality men will find D-quality women. The people left are A-quality women and D-quality men. So if you are a leftover woman, you are A-quality. But it’s the “A-quality” of intelligent and educated women that the government most wants to procreate.”
Leftover Women (NPR)
TELEWORK GENDER GAP: 3 out of 4 remote workers are men — of all ages – and just as likely to have kids as not. A remote worker is not a woman, is not a parent and is not a Gen-Y millennial.
Soul Mate in a Box: Or SMIAB is a person we rarely if ever meet and in some cases never speak to, but to whom we feel closer than anyone else through instant messages, emails, Skype, FaceTime and texting. Unlike hookups, these relationships are all about sharing your every thought, idea and emotional burp. But they are also, crucially, about being able to close your laptop and turn off your phone whenever you want to and continue about your life as you wish, unencumbered.
If a couple felt as if they had gotten to know each other so well online, how could that intimacy suddenly drain away? One explanation: They didn’t actually get to know each other so well. They only got to know what was served up, a two-dimensional collection of images, text and, for some, audio. When the messy parts of us aren’t on display from the beginning of a relationship — when awkwardness and fumbling and being forced to be present without a mouse-click escape hatch all enter the scene — it’s hard to catch up. As good as it felt to be able to create an ideal version of ourselves, it can feel jarringly worse to have that control suddenly yanked away. Second explanation: We often find the object that’s far away to be more enticing than the one that’s nearby.
Couple in bed (NYTIMES)
RESIGNED LOVE: Pull back on the marriage improvement program and instead join the ranks of the appreciatively resigned. They will realize that passion does not equal love, and that the loss of one doesn’t necessarily mean the loss of the other.
DESIRE v EQUALITY:The less gender differentiation, the less sexual desire? If men did all “feminine chores” like folding laundry, cooking or vacuuming, then couples had sex 1.5 fewer times per month than those with husbands who did “masculine chores”, like taking out the trash or fixing the car.