If you watch the news, read the news, or listen to the news, you probably hear a lot of bad news. In fact I've heard a lot of complaints (and would love to see some data on it) that this trend has been going strong for the last couple of decades. So here is some good news to balance it out:
1) The average years in retirement has gone from 0 in 1950 to 13.5 in 2005.
2) Time spent with their kids has been increasing since the mid-90's. This may be partially responsible for increasing IQ about 3 points per decade for the past century.
3) Americans spent over 20% of their disposable income on food in the 1930s and 1940s. Now we spend just 9.6%.
4) Large scale war may be over.
5) The US economy has never been so competitive. Meaning large companies have never had so little power.