Posted at 21:07h
, Family Law
Traditional marriage’s definition has changed drastically over the last fifty years, and in our society today it is understood in different terms. Some of the trends
observed are the rising age of those who are getting married, an increase in two-person, two-earner households, an increase in the number of single-family homes, an increase in the number of couples who are not from the same racial, ethnic, or cultural community, to recount a few. One of the largest trends in American culture is the increase in assortative mating where we choose our partners based on being in the same socio-economic circle. In other words, men and women are not ending up with the people they knew from high school, but are marrying those who they met in college or while at the same job; the lawyer is not marrying his secretary, he’s marrying a fellow lawyer.
Most of these trends go hand-in-hand with not only people evolving outside their comfort zones, but it seems that children are observing these trends and following suit, aiding in the consistent progression of traditional marriage and family norms seen nowadays. Interestingly enough, it seems that children, teenagers, and young adults who were polled over the last year, have beliefs that are similar to those back in the 1950s, but for different reasons.