Many Americans believe that marriage and family are the centers of everyone's lives, when in fact, sociological research shows how this is not the case. Describes some of the trends that makes...

Many Americans believe that marriage and family are the centers of everyone's lives, when in fact, sociological research shows how this is not the case. Describes some of the trends that makes family less important day to day life of the average American.

 

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There have been several factors that have developed in our society that have made family life less important. One of these trends is the growing demand of the workplace. Employers now expect workers to be available at all times. More and more people are expected to work from home. Workers are hesitant to take vacations. Because of the increased demands placed on workers, there is less time for family activities. This has been a big change over the past 20-30 years.

Additionally, more families have dual income earners. Both parents are working. This makes it harder for families to spend time together. There also has been a growth in single parent families. With one parent having to work and take care of the family, it becomes more difficult to find time for family activities.

The development of instant communication also has impacted families. With the development of new technologies like FaceTime and Skype and the creation of social media, families can stay in contact with each other without actually being together. This has helped families where a family member has to travel for work or has to spend a lot of time in the office. Additionally, cell phones and texting allows for constant communication with family members even they aren't together.

Finally, the explosion of youth activities, especially youth sports, has taken away from family time. Young people are constantly training for sports activities or other extracurricular activities. There are many practices and lots of games that take up a lot of time. With the demands from school and extracurricular activities, there is less opportunity for families to spend time together.

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