Bridging The Generation Gap – How Society Has Evolved
Are we having children later in life now as compared to before?
Why are divorce rates at an all time high?
And we how have the norms and values of society changed from the baby boomers to the millenials.
There’s been a huge shift in culture and everyday life from the baby bloomer generation to the millennial generation – this isn’t just an opinion but fact! However, the question is – are these changes necessarily for the good? This article looks at what has changed between the generations and whether our lives are different as a result.
I think we can all agree that whatever circles we engage with, you must have heard the expression ‘times have changed’…. This can be in reference to many situations, but when it comes to comparing and contrasting generation habits – this expression has never been more pertinent. And if you are of the baby boomer generation, you’ve seen society change and shaped differently overtime. So when it comes to everyday life and choices, have we lost our way? Or are we simply becoming smarter in the way we approach life?
With divorce rates at an all time high, and couples choosing to have kids later in life or not even at all, there have been some fundamental shifts in the way we do things now, as compared to years gone by.
The baby bloomer generation commenced in 1946 where there were 3.4 million babies born in that year alone! This trend continued till 1964, but by then, there were almost 77 million ‘baby boomers’ across the USA – and at the time, they made up almost 40% of the population.
There are many theories that exist as to why this baby boom emerged but the overriding feeling was that after the war, people were more optimistic about the future and so looked forward to having and raising children in a more prosperous time.
If we fast forward the clock to the modern day, the trend is completely the opposite, and couples are more inclined to have children later in life or not even at all! Could this be because we are far less optimistic about the future? And as a result, is this a sign of the times we live in? In the baby bloomer generation, marriage and children were what people aspired to obtain in life. But have our expectations grown? Or are we choosing to break the mould?
Here are some of the major cultural changes that have changed since the baby bloomer era….
Women having kids later in life:
Latest figures show that the average age for first time mothers is 26 or older. This is much later than the baby bloomer age and really puts into perspective that women are indeed willing to wait for the right moment to have children… but why the wait? Many women state that it is expensive in the modern day to have and raise children. And would prefer to do so once their careers are stable.
In the baby boomer era, women were encouraged to come out of working life in exchange for raising their children and focusing on family life, but this was in a time where the cost of living was lower and it was feasible to live a comfortable life from one income provider.
Divorce rates are much higher in the modern era:
With divorce rates at an all time high, the latest trends suggest that divorce rates have plummeted severely since the 1960s. Again, in the baby boomer era, divorce rates were very low which gives more of an insight into the thought process back then. And there will be many debates as to why divorce rates have increased, but the fact remains that when you talk about a shift in culture and bridging the generation gap, you cant help but talk about why divorce rates are much higher within this generation.
Cost of living is much higher:
As we alluded to before, the cost of living between the two generations has significantly increased, and most likely could be one of the underlying reasons as to why our thinking has changed. With increased pressures of everyday life, people may not have the expendable income they once had. And it makes people think twice about having children.
As society has gone through many changes over the past 50 years, its brought about an air of change that may not necessarily have changed for the worse. Things are moving at a faster pace now and the conventions that existed before are slowly not becoming the norm for people in this day and age. Families, marriage and kids were the desired goal for many people of the baby boomer generation. However, in the modern day, it hasn’t become much of a priority. With divorce rates going through the roof, are we learning from the mistakes of society and avoiding them? Or are we simply losing our way with traditional values? Whatever the answer maybe, things have certainly changed – for better or for worse, you decide!
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