Over the years the view of marriage has changed. Society has constructed the views of what a marriage should look like and what roles should be played even who should be married. Today’s social media glorifies all aspects of marriage, from prenuptials to annulments as well as overdramatized weddings and divorces. Respect has been lost as there are more and more reports of infidelity and less privacy of family and home life. Marriage was something that was once significant and held in high regards has fallen victim to the social construction of a newly defined meaning. One aspect that has changed marriage is the cohabitation between two individuals. Cohabitation encourages premarital sex. Society accepts cohabitation and…show more content… In addition to this young men do not have any positive role models either, they know not of what it means to be the sole breadwinner of the family. Young women are not seeing positive role models in social media either. Young women must experience the objectification of women through music videos and television advertisements. The youth are able to assess a world of knowledge at their fingertips, yet they used it for meaningless interactions rather than assess to their history. The only glamorization of marriage in the media today is comprised of “Bridezilla” shows and love reality shows, none of which are an accurate portrayal of real life circumstances. These shows are creating unrealistic ideals that individuals aspire to achieve and when not achieved these individuals are lost. Celebrities are praised for being married and forgiven for making mistakes that include infidelity. They do not hold any value in marriage because they often get married quickly while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and then get their marriage annulled.
Premarital Sex and Cohabitation
Within today’s society and the portrayal of sex on television more and more youth do not see the value in marriage because the widely accepted norm is that they don’t have to be married to engage in sexual activity. For years the norm within society regarding premarital sex has been twofold. It was often believed to be permissible for a male to participate in