I grew up in the country. We didn't have even DSL back in the '50s, or cable TV, or any TV for a long time, or cell phones, or any phones for a long time. Video games were unheard of. We didn't have ATVs to ride, other than bikes with no gears, those were our ATVs.
Still there was hunting and fishing, shooting cans in the back yard, roaming the hills, riding sleds down the hills, staging snowball fights, exploring old mines, experimenting with blasting caps and other explosive devices. We had plenty to do, and more than enough ways to get into trouble.
I think you make your own fun, or not, according to the decisions you make.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Of course they are. The men are too, which is why the women must be just to get along. How else can one explain some of the vehicles that are on the roads around here? They make Ralph Nader look like such a pussy. You haven't lived until you get into a truck with a half-drunken red neck version of Evil Knievel - the truck has back brakes only, no hood or exhaust, and the floor section over the transmission has been removed to expose the brake master cylinder in case it runs dry. It always helps to be drunk in those situations. I don't blame the women at all.
I know a few country women, none of them are drunks. Most tend to have more traditional values and are family oriented. From my observations the drunks are those that went of to college looking to party, get laid, and have fun without parental restrictions the day they turned 18 and left home.
Then again, both of our experiences are anecdotal and a real claim about country women being drunks at a younger age can't be claimed with such personal observations.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
I didn't vote as I'm not sure it is fair to compare the statics and what they would even mean. I know many Amish people (and other rural populations) that would not drink, as it goes against their religious beliefs. I however see a lot of people drinking in rural areas because life isn't very stimulating. Your meager existence seems far better when clouded with alcohol or drugs.