Generation, Marriage, And Social Media

1669 WordsAug 15, 20157 Pages
Millennials in the United States today are in a unique position. They were the first generation to grow up with the ability to communicate and stay connected with technology, via the Internet, e-mail, text messaging, and social media networking sites (Bland, 2012). They are also a generation that is redefining marriage; where their parents hoped to find a loving, stable companion, Millennials are determined to partner with spouses who will help them work toward personal growth, self-actualization, and maximum psychological wellbeing (Finkel, 2015). With the recent legalization of gay marriage, greater numbers of Millennials will be tying the knot in the coming years and taking on the challenging task of maintaining deeply fulfilling relationships in a time of unprecedented distraction. To be effective in working with this generation, marriage and family therapists must understand the role technology will play in supporting or hindering intimacy and commitment in millennial marriages. There have been three major eras of marriage: institutional, companionate, and self-expressive (Finkel, 2015). The institutional era (1776–1850) primarily focused on meeting basic survival needs, such as food production and protection from harm. The companionate era (1850–1965) primarily focused on helping spouses meet their need to feel loved and cared for. Today’s self-expressive era (1965–present), in which Millennials were born, primarily focuses on partnerships that improve self-esteem,
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