COVID-19 aside, Oklahoma ain’t doing too hot lately. In fact, a recent clickbaity study by Zippia reported that our state is rated #1 in despair. How’s that for a “Top 10 State?” But I think we need to better understand what this “study” means for us as Oklahomans. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, despair is defined as, “utter loss of hope.” According to Oklahoma, despair is defined as, “utter loss of leadership.”
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Researchers with Zippia, a resource website for job seekers, says Oklahoma tops the list of states with most despair.
The study was based on the following five categories: depression rate, suicide rate, opioid use, poverty rate and hours worked, all things that researchers say Oklahoma didn’t score well on.
“Oklahoma across the board kind of had low numbers which is a little unusual,” Kathy Morris with Zippia told KFOR. “I wish there was one area we could say Oklahoma needs to focus on to reduce the general rate of despair.”
Zippia says Oklahoma ranked sixth for opioid prescriptions, and had a depression rate just outside of the Top 10, but they still thought it was surprising to see Oklahoma ranked number one.
Yet, Oklahoma’s elected officials always appear to run on platforms that promise to improve our lives. As Will Rogers once said, "If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven." Hell, at this point if we got 1% of what was promised in these acceptance speeches maybe all Oklahomans could afford to stay alive.
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