The Changing Face of Family Values
However, affiliated statistics reveal a conflicting trends, and these relate to the average age that females give birth in the US. This has fallen slightly over the last decade, to the extent that women are statistically more likely to give birth to their first child prior to entering into marital union. Subsequently, the concept of individuals and women in particular choosing to prioritise their careers over marriage is disproved, as it is arguable that an infant birth creates even more disruption to single and working life.
In essence, this means that individuals within the US are perceiving marriage as an act which carries little meaning or value, and is often undertaken purely as act of conformity or due to family pressures. This notion is furthered by the fact that advancements in science and technological evolution continue to outgrow and diminish the voice of religious teachings, which preach marriage and unity as a core fabric of social tapestry. Subsequently, couples are continuing to shun marriage as it does not offer relevant meaning to their relationship.
So, rather than bemoaning the fact that more and more individuals are choosing to prioritise family and financial well being ahead of marital union, we should perhaps be appreciating this as merely indicative of the changing social climate. An age where marriage is less relevant or valued is one thing, but it does not mean that a couples love is diminished or their ability to raise children is in anyway impaired. Put simply, we should simply appreciate that marriage does not uphold the same religious and virtuous values as it has previously, and that it is often overlooked as a way to avoid specific hypocrisy.