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    How Big is Your Bubble?

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy...ubble-a-quiz-2


    Thought this "Do You Live in A Bubble" quiz would be fun for those of who have participated in discussions on privilege and the lack of it. My friend who posted it on Facebook said, "I have no earthly idea what this means" and maybe you'll feel the same, but FWIW, I got a 44.
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    We have taken this before. This time my score was 44 but it isnt accurate. I am not first generation middle class, I am middle middle middle class from a couple of generations..

    I think my last score was around 33.jp1 and I had the same score.

    This is the test that bae amd Alan go,head to head on about who is a bigger hillbilly at origin.

    They should have said, about neighborhoods and towns, did we live there as adults. As a kid I lived in small towns and surrounded by people with no college degrees. That generation of people didnt have a lot of degrees.

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    I got a 25 but I come from a weird background - two hillbilly parents who ended up with professional degrees (physician/pharmacist) and moved within those circles. Then they divorced and both became alcoholics (sigh). So... I grew up in upper income environments with very wealthy, old money friends but retained some of the lower class experiences my parents grew up with and couldn't shed. I have empathy and experience for both.

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    73.......might explain why the first instrumental I learned on guitar was Dueling Banjos.

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    Oh, shoot! Gee, I do remember that test, but I thought it was different. I'll have to do a search and see how I came out! And then I should find a quiz to determine how bad my memory's getting!

    ETA: Here's the previous thread/quiz. It is a little different, but definitely same idea:

    http://www.simplelivingforum.net/sho...highlight=quiz
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    So this was really a dementia test ......I’ll score high on that too!

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    You got 4 points.

    The higher your score, the thinner your bubble. The lower, the more insulated you might be from mainstream American culture.

    0–20: A second-generation (or more) upper-middle-class person with the television and movie going habits of the upper middle class. Typical: 2.
    Yea I live in a bubble alright, and my latest hobby is hanging out at the unemployment office (eh they have support groups and classes on job seeking and stuff there). Wow I feel so insulated from any harsh realities and stuff ... I know, could be worse. But these bubbles don't seem to be champagne (Perrier perhaps ...).

    The categories also seem unrealistic, an upper middle class person with middle class parents, a middle class person with working class parents. Geez, haven't they ever heard of DOWNWARD MOBILITY? Because there seems a serious upward mobility bias in those categories there, and I don't think that's very realistic these days. Where is the precariat millenial with middle class parents?

    Anyway I'm not really from the upper middle class (I guess the breadwinner was a scientist, if that's what you call a lab tech - they can and do do original research). I have NEVER BEEN in the upper middle class (middle class I'll grant), my partner is not upper middle class. In fact if even one of these was the case life would not be such a struggle all the time, but it is, but obviously it is often worse (many people don't even have shelter etc.). But no I don't own a t.v. and I watch ZERO movies. I'm mostly kind of anti-media if that's an upper middle class category I guess, I guess us very well off people just read books or something? Well I do
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    73 onthis one.

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    I got a 68. I gotta concur with ApatheticNoMore; downward mobility is an interesting vector in all this. Most of my "non-Bubble" points come from how I have lived after a horrible divorce, which was a rapid elevator ride down in social mobility.

    Like with ANM, tests like this leave a bitter taste. . . (from the test, not ANM, lol.)

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