Changes in American Culture

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Passion makes the world go 'round. Love just makes it a safer place. - Ice T
This quote by Ice T speaks to the heart of where the problem with marriage in the 21st century lies. Americans are consumed with instant gratification and no longer hold dear to the core values that once made this country something to envy. As stated in the article Marriage Wanes, “marriage has declined as the central institution under which households are organized and children are raised”(University of Chicago News Office, 1999). The changes regarding the outlook of marriage as well as the drastic changes the 21st century has brought about; have resulted in the sanctity of marriage as an institution being lost in translation. The University of Chicago News Office stated that “households wil move further away from the family-structure model of a stay-at-home mother, working father, and children, accoriding to a new report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago” (1999). Perhaps this generations biggest evolution, as stated in Marriage Wanes (1999) is in parental arragements for children. In 1972 73 percent of children lived with their original two parents, who were married. By 1998, 51.7 percent lived in such households. In addition, the number of children living with single parents went from 4.7 percent in 1972 to 18.2 percent in 1998(University of Chicago News Office). These statistics show just how much the institution of marriage has changed in such a short time. Americans no longer take marriage seriously. This is rather obvious when stops to look the the statistics for divorce in this country. The marriage breakup rate in America for first marriage is 41% to 50%; the rate after second marriage is from 60% to 67% and the rate in America for 3rd marriage are from 73% to 74%. Reports also say that couples with children have a slightly lower rate of breakup as compared to couples without children. This is due to the fact that being childless is...
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