With regards to the differences between the families of today and those of before, various causes for the deteriorating family ties can be studied on standard averages and evaluated. And hence various propositions for toning up the family ties can been concluded.
Even if it is presumed that the “vital statistics” with in a family have improved in the last forty years through modern life it has none the less disrupted a family system of unity.
an increased awareness of Nutritional levels,
A phenomenal drop of mortality rates,
And an increased life expectancy.
though are positive aspects of tecnological advancement, and globalization, yet the quality of time and relationships has decreased tremendously among the family members and the desire in young couples to even have children is gradually waning in many parts of the world.
The reasons could be many, since the arrival of blind technological advancements, the quality of the parent-child relationship has taken a blow as the moral standards that previously parents, who themselves knew and grewup with the, would naturally be able to inspire in their children with the same values that they held for themselves, but which are now being learnt by the children from the internet and media in absence of a busy or a working mother and a father, who may at times be single parents.
The result of this communication gap is that the family members have become more laissez-faire with their own choices and routines, and individual activities have become more and more common.
The family grouping is getting pushed away from “humanitarian” factors, and its members are getting more and more focused on their own needs thoughtlessly. This is further deteriorating the mutually reliant and beneficial structure of a family. Divorce rate is on the high due to increased focus on same individualistic needs. Highest in the world currently as never before, as quoted by some
Children living in one-parent families have increased considerably, and that has diversified social impacts (Institute for American Values 2005).
One of many Causes for de-escalating of family values is the irresistible impulse, required in the economic outgrowths.
The success of industrial processes gave way to the capitalist thought which depends on mass production for its sustenance, which eventually results in mass consumerism. And the more this process multiplies the more pockets are filled to generate more of this vicious cycle.
Advertising is another contributing factor that entices and arouses individualism in all age groups by exaggerated promotion of all good things in every day life. This promotion is targeted at the most vulnerable of the crowd, the children, at women and men.
What advertising does is that by marketing products that sometimes people don’t even need they emphasize a personal eccentricity in an individual where by enticing him/her to join a stereotype that they have create by marketing of the products.
The result if that is that an individual goes out to buy something that they don’t necessarily need in order to classify as being member of a certain social group with in a society. To identify with a certain group that does not necessarily confirm to their family values.
Family is failing as a ONE shopping unit and instead it has become, a father, mother and child as three independent shopping units. Hence the number of consumers has been increased.
Hence in contemporary society having children has become a liability instead of an asset like in old societies where people had many children and were proud of that factor.
Of course it costs considerably to bring up children in today’s world and furthermore in educating them and if they don’t perform they don’t serve any useful economic purpose for their family as such, hence they are pressured to the maximum and to make up for that are lulled with expensive rewards.
Its painstaking process that the parents are deciding to avoid, and hence
There is a lessened desire to have children and the parent’s vision of the parenthood has taken a new materialistic form.
Economic pressures forces one out of two or in certain cases both the parents, out to get work. The need to work is directly proportional to the quality of life they want achieve for themselves and their family, more work away from home means more money, so the child is left with the choice of essentially two “weary individuals” in family, who are skittering to fit time for children in their hectic lifestyle.
Impact of a weak family system is a loss of traditionally good moral values which have now being taken over by an individualistic desire to consume more.
Far less chances are available for the disadvantaged and the poor as no one pays attention to their progress. Instead of thinking about the group or society as a whole, an individual thinking has crawled in which is subtly destroying peace and progress of the whole society.
The youth is most effected by this process as they are the prime targets and are easily influence by the negative impacts due to their inquisitive and adventures natures, questioning the social norms around them. Unsatisfactory counseling and preparation is putting pressure on the total social structure and failing it. This is resulting not only in more juvenile delinquents, but also a higher crime rate at adolescent age.
Additionally the parents are failing to care for and spend quality time with their children due to their busy schedules and a high divorce rate makes the child insecure and untrustworthy. This results in unnecessary aggressive behavior and develops anti-social behavior.
Failing of family structure is connected to economic compulsions with in the society as a whole. We may remain ethnocentric but we do have to necessitate and develop a sensitive understanding and the values of other cultures and incorporate their goodness with in us. It will help us to communicate greater peace along with good business with in our society and future generations.