More Americans Hold Passports Than Ever–But That Doesn’t Mean We’re Traveling More

Growth Of Americans With Passports

More Americans hold passports than ever before, but that doesn’t mean we’re traveling more often. A confluence of issues–be it American businesses looking to foreign markets, an increasingly “globalized” world where Americans can be found in more parts of the globe or post-9/11 security initiatives–have contributed to the dramatic rise in passport holders. But today’s American jetsetters fall primarily into the one-percent camp: in fact, if we took out high net worth individuals from the equation (who make multiple trips overseas each year), only around 3.5 percent of all U.S. residents actually traveled overseas in 2009.

December: The Least Miserable Month Of The Year

The Internet has wormed its way into every aspect of our lives. It influences the people we date, the jobs we apply to, and, now, we can even use Google to track the prevalence of mental illnesses like depression.

According to Google search interest compiled into an infographic titled “Misery Index,” December is the happiest (or the least miserable) month of the year. Christmas Day is the happiest day, followed by New Years Day, and then the 4th of July. March is the unhappiest month of the year, followed closely by April and then October. April 23rd is the most miserable day of the year.

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