And there are more people in big cities on the dole, hooked on drugs, crime and everything else surrounding that dark world, than in country towns.
I'd also hazard a guess there's less boredom too, as more families seem to be active in smaller coastal towns. At least from my own experience and circles of friends.
I head back to brisbane where I did some highschool, and the people I know there are overweight, bored and have drinking/ smoking/ gambling problems a mile high. Most of if they say, is born out of boredom.
I find it hard to get bored living on the water. There's always something to do. I cannot keep my kids inside either. I'm actually fighting with them when it's too hot, trying to get them to sit in front of the tele and keep out of the midday sun.
Everywhere in australia, every single place, has a cross section of:
... it's disingenuous to castigate small coastal towns as leading the way in those departments.boredom, depression, substance abuse, unemployment, welfare dependence and a general running from any kind of contribution to society is much more tolerated in those kind of places