People believe that marriage is easy and is the key to love and happiness, but in reality marriage is harder than it looks. Everyone marries for different reasons, for good or for bad. People today don’t understand the meaning of marriage; it is more than just money and appearance. Seeing today’s world of marriage is being influenced by media shows like Jerry Springer, Judge Judy, and Murray makes you realize how society today identifies marriage different. Couples who live unmarried will be happier and have more choices than those that are married in agreement with Catherine Newman’s essay called I Do. Not.: Why I Won’t Marry in the book “Acting Out Culture: Reading and Writing “, by: James S. Miller. Catherine Newman is a writer and an author
In the modern era, with economic independence available for both men and women, many people are choosing not to marry these days. Williams reports that marriage rates have dropped to a forty-year low while divorce rates continue to hover just above 50 percent. In addition to the high divorce rate, the report issued by Rutgers University’s National Marriage Project indicates that the percentage of married people who reported “being happy” in their marriages fell from 53.5 in 1973-76 to 37.8 in 1996 (1). Williams attributes these phenomena to social changes such as legalization of cohabitation between
Once, one of people’s greatest life achievements was getting married, more so for women. It is considered the ultimate form of love between two people, however, the motives for getting married are widely varied. As we evolve as a society, so do our outlooks on love and marriage. In 2014, one half of adults do not live with a spouse, as opposed to one third of adults in 1967. Therefore, fewer than 70 percent of children younger than the age of 18 currently live in two-parent households, as opposed to 90 percent in 1960. Many children in single-parent households are reported to be living with their mothers, which only amplifies the poverty rise in single mother’s demographic. Another factor is the role race plays in this statistic, with 18 percent of white children living only with their mothers, opposed to 51 percent of black children living only with their mother. (Socioeconomic Patterns of Marriage and Divorce, 2016). These changes in definitions of family life will undoubtedly play a role in altering the future of American economics, as well as redefined the concepts of marriage to reflect modern-day standards of
Due to society’s changing norms, A lot of Americans are not tying the knot. There was a time in America when marriage was a basic standard for adults. However, Statistics of the Bureau of Labor shows that the number of singles is on the rise. About 1, 246, 000 American adults are single, in 1950, this figure was just 22 percent compared to the 48 percent recorded today.
“Americans do not seem to be interested in a reality check on the topics of love and marriage. After all, it seems to be more fun to believe in fairy tales” (Hornblow). There is a large number of Americans who would get married at least once in their lives, without thinking of the importance of a marriage and the possibilities that could happen based on quick decisions. The true meaning to what marriage is, issues involving marriage, which causes the divorce rate to rise in the United States, and the importance of marriage, to what is being done to increase the chance of a happy long-lasting marriage. Marriages in the United States can be seen by the explanation of the effects of not being able to tackle problems, or being able to learn how to work through complex issues of everyday life as a married couple.
Single Black Female BA Seeks Educated Husband: Race, Assortative Mating and Inequality is an article that addresses income inequality in the United States by presenting how people choose their spouses. Rodrigue and Reeves (2015) show the correlation between choice of a spouse and education, income level, and race. They further present data on existing marriage gaps in relation to education, race and income level in the United States. Key in their argument are two issues: “assortative mating” and “marriage gaps”. This paper explores the authors’ arguments on “assortative mating” and “marriage gaps” and presents opinions on how “marriage gaps” can be addressed.
As stated in our text, various factors can bind married couples together, such as economic interdependencies, legal, social and moral constraints, relationship, and amongst other things. In the recent years some of these factors have diminished their strengths. The modern generation sees marriage in a different perspective altogether. Individuals today feel they are stable independently, they do not need to rely on their spouse for emotional or financial support. Many are career driven and soar to conquer their dreams over settling down with a family. Such untraditional views have increased divorce rates.
Social construction has proven to affect everybody’s life and creates stereotypes in society. Race and class have been the most outstanding social constructs in our society. According to sociologists, “human development is socially situated and knowledge is constructed through interaction with others” (McKinley, 2015). People were not born to distinguish others but it is the society who pass these ideas from generation to generation.
In the article “What if marriage is bad for us?” by Laurie Essig and Lynn Owens, they state marriage is too traditional and can make you feel trapped, marriage only benefits your financial state if you work hard, and is not always so good on your mental and emotional health. However, marriage pros will always outweigh the cons no matter what way you look at it.
Misclassification occurs when the detectives automatically mistaken someone to be guilty. This is the first of three errors made by the police when a false a confession is usually given. Generally, the likely suspects come from witnesses, those who had the chance to commit the crime, or approximate matches to witness descriptions. Another possibility is from the stereotypes associating with the perpetrator's social identity such as husbands killing their spouses, stepfathers sexually abusing their new families, gang members performing violent crimes, and many others. The police in America are falsely educated into thinking that they can distinguish between the truth and the lies.
Humans have "marked biological uniformity in comparison to what is evident in other species" that united us under a single species (Lecture). However, there has always been a push to separate further into races or subspecies. Race categorizes peoples into groupings based on similar uniting physical biological characteristics such as hair, skin, or eye color. These characteristics are then used to differentiate that particular group from others for the purpose of identifying enemies and allies (). Unfortunately these characteristics are not concordant and thus form no consensus on racial classifications. This has happened in the past with other species, but none of which have had such uproar (). This is because humans use race to justify behaviors
A survey of 14000 adults states in ‘A Guide to Family Issues: The Marriage Advantage’ that marriage was a pertinent factor contributing to happiness and satisfaction with forty percent of the married individuals being happy as opposed to 25 percent of either single or cohabiting individuals. The same study shows that ninety eight percent of never married respondents wished to marry and out of those 88% believed that it should be a lifelong commitment. Even though, divorce rates are rising numerous researches show that young people aspire to have a lasting marriage.
Waite and Gallagher also discuss the benefits that marriage gives to couples. Including the financial benefits, in that through specialization and by sharing incomes getting married boosts standard of living by thirty percent and this benefit is not incurred by cohabitating, as those who cohabitate do not share as much and are less committed to the wellbeing of their partner. In addition to the financial benefits, they also discuss the emotional benefits of knowing you have someone who loves you and who would take care of you. Children similarly benefit from having married parents as there are more financial resources available to help take care of them and they get to spend more time with at least one parent.