I’ll be honest, except for the news, most of the time I watch TV is for entertainment purposes. By choice we don’t have cable and I have no interest in any of the do-it-yourself, cooking or house flipping channels that some enjoy.

Recently on an episode of Family Feud I saw something that not only surprised me, but after watching the episode I found it somewhat disturbing. Let me paint the picture.

Family one was dressed nice, but the woman had wraps around their head. At first, I thought they may have been foreign. As it turns out they were from Egypt, but all of them (three men, two women) had no accent that I could pick up on. This led me to think they had spent most if not all of their lives here in the U.S.

Family two were American, two women, three men. Nothing stood out to me at first. They looked completely normal for an episode of Family Feud.

Once the questions started coming in I found myself a little surprised. Team two (Americans) weren’t doing that well. As the show continued, the Egyptian family took a strong lead and ending up winning the game easily. During the last round for $20,000 the two men did very well, not repeating the others answers and getting three of the top five answers.

What bothered me a bit was in two parts. The Americans slouched; their postures were close to what you might see in retirement homes. And these were under 30 (millennials) young adults who were all attractive people.

The Egyptian team (also a goodlooking group) was made up of young adults as well, yet they all stood up straight, with nice postures. Secondly, the answers given by the American team seemed more related to sexual innuendos and were often incorrect. It was like they wanted to be funny or cute, but not playing the game to win it. Or just couldn’t think of other answers.

My question is, if these families were raised and educated in the U.S., why the difference in posture and intelligence? Is it parenting? Should you only play to have fun and not to win? Since when is being cute better than winning? How does the rest of the world see this generation? Is having good posture no longer important? What happen to standing proud?


— Mark Rolland, Newton