Brian MacDonald Professor Marinelli
C/E Question #7, November 29, 2010 The Causes of a High Divorce Rate
In recent years, the divorce rate in the United States has been increasing. Marriage is a powerful factor in the typical American adult, and with the high divorce rate, that factor is becoming less important. Because of the infidelity of adults towards their spouse, the poor communication of opinions between each other, and a lack of commitment, the divorce rate in the United States has soared. Infidelity has been a huge problem when it comes to divorce. For example, almost a year ago from now, Tiger Woods was caught being unfaithful to his wife, Elin Nordegren, when he eventually admitted to having relations with a great number of well-known prostitutes. This would soon lead to Nordegren filing for divorce. As far as poor communication goes, people are starting to have radical views on certain things that affect their spouse in a negative way, like politics eventually ended my neighbors’ marriage during the 2008 election. The husband was extremely anti-Obama while the wife was pro-Obama. A lack of commitment can be shown mostly in younger marriages because recently, many young people do not want to wait long to get married. This eventually leads to realizing that they are not ready to live with each other or they disagree on more things than they thought. For example, my cousin and his wife got a divorce a year after they got married because my cousin was not committed to having a child with his wife yet, and she could not wait for him to grow up and be ready to eventually have a child. In conclusion, the divorce rate in the United States has soared because of unfaithfulness, poor communication of opinion in the couples’ lives, and a lack of commitment. Since the divorce rate has gotten higher, we can also conclude that being divorced is becoming more socially acceptable in our community.
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