I believe competition in this world of 7 billion people is increasing. jobs, housing, food, all of the basics of life are now becoming either so expensive or in short supply that people are forced to compete fiercely for what resources are available or fail.
What?! Things are WAY more competitive now than before! Do you realize how much more difficult it is to get into a good college than it was before? And it's just as difficult to get a good job afterwards! MUCH more competetive than before.