Is the Family Finished?

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Is the Family Finished?

by Andrew Krajewski » Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:30 pm

According to the Office of National Statistics
married couples make up only 48.1% of the adult population,
the lowest recorded level ever.

Many young people are concerned about the increase in the divorce rate
and understandably this is preventing them from making a commitment to marriage.

The rise of the Boomerang Generation,
young people that cannot afford to leave home,
is also a huge contributory factor.

Do these trends signal the end of marriage
or indeed living as a couple?

Woman over the age of 40
are more likely to become mothers
than teenage girls
for the first time since World War Two.

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Why?

Widespread use of effective long term contraception,
increased female participation in higher education,
increasing importance of careers,
labour market uncertainty,
the rising costs of child bearing,
the soaring cost of housing,
increasing insatiability of partnerships
and deep insecurity and worry about getting married
have meant that women are increasingly likely to delay starting a family.

What will happen to these babies when they grow up?

They're unlikely to be able to afford to leave home
until aged 30 – 40
at which time their parents should have retired.

But will their parents be able to afford to retire
if they still have 'dependent' children?

Where is all this heading?

Fewer couples and fewer children
perhaps points to the family unit disappearing.

Or maybe
several generations will have to live together under the same roof.
That of course has many advantages such as in-house child and old age care.
True family life.

What do you think?
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Re: Is the Family Finished?

by Jen » Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:27 pm

The issue is to revognise that we are moving into a new era. The old economic model is dead but no one has buried it let alone organised its funeral! However, necessity being the mother of invention means that survival of the fittest will be the principal to define who will survive to proper gate their idea of a workable economy.

Maybe we'll just return to the land and only using what we need instead of striving to push others into piety for profit...

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