Charles Murray, a political scientist and author observed – long before Campaign 2016 started – that there exists a new upper class that’s completely disconnected from the average American and American culture at large.
In his 2012 book Coming Apart, Murray presented a 25 question self-diagnostic to determine how connected or disconnected you are from average Americans … that is, whether or not you live in a bubble.
The self-diagnostic has been updated since the book was published. It now includes questions like:
- Have you ever lived for at least a year in an American neighborhood in which the majority of your 50 nearest neighbors did not have college degrees?
- Did you grow up in a family in which the chief breadwinner was not in a managerial position or a high-prestige profession (defined as attorney, physician, dentist, architect, engineer, scientist or college professor)?
- Have you ever walked on a factory floor?
And, my favorite:
- How many times in the last year have you eaten at one of the following restaurant chains? Applebee’s, Waffle House, Denny’s, IHOP, Chili’s, Outback Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday, T.G.I. Friday’s, Ponderosa Steakhouse
A near-zero “bubble score” indicates that you were probably raised in a white collar, middle class or better family … went to a good college … and spend your leisure time sipping Chardonnay and echo-chambering with fellow-elites.
A very high score indicates that you’ve been in survival mode for most of your life … and just trying make it through life with simple pleasures.
For the record, I scored a 52 … probably buoyed by the restaurants I frequent.
==> Take the Bubble Quiz.
It only takes a few minutes … and, can be both enlightening and very revealing.
Be sure to read the “Why the question?” pop-ups ….
When you get your bubble quiz score, see where you place on the above chart.