With divorce rates and family breakdowns increasing globally,
it is generally accepted that families today are not as close as
they used to be.Discuss the causes of this problem and offer some
possible solutions to it.
It seems today families are becoming increasingly unstable and
members in it are more alienated then before, due to the upgoing
divorce rates and the transformation of the society. In this essay,
I will try to give some possible causes of this trends and present
solutions if there are really some of it. The major causes of this
trends are believed twofold.
In the first place, during the past few decades, people have
been experiencing the sweeping trends of gender equality; this
change enables most of the women to work and supervise, vote and be
voted in most of the countries; not only their social position has
been lifted up a lot, but because of the financial independency
they have gotten, they become more confident in ** decision both in
the workplace and in their families. Consequently, it brings more
quarrel, as the dominant position of men has been shaken.
In the second place, in the past few decades, people have also
witnessed the overwhelming world-wide industrialization as well as
the revolution of the information. These two primary changes bring
devastating result to the original extended families. For one
thing, families as a single work unite are no longer suits the need
of the factories, as they are too large. For another, people do not
need to rely on the elderly for skill learning as they can get
almost everything they want to know from the information highway.
Thus, the nuclear families appear.
Before coming up with any possible solutions, I would like to
get down to the fundamental and see whether we really need some
solutions for this trends. Rather than considering this trends a
disturbing issue, I would believe this trends itself, is already
the solution to the causes I mentioned above. The transformation of
the families from extended one to nuclear one necessarily provides
the suitability and makes families better performed its functions
to the society and to any individuals; however, when nuclear
families are not capable enough coping with the problems brought by
the trends of gender equality, it breaks into another form by
performing divorce. Therefore, I personally believe that we have
already had the solutions which are working well; thus, any extra
effort on the seemingly harmony of the society and families is a
waste of time.
In conclusion, it seems the reasons for this trends are well
clear thanks to the gender equality campaign and the global
industrialization as well as information revolution. However, I
believe that this phenomenon would remain almost the same condition
for a period of time even if we look for extra methods to help it;
as the society needs time to make adjustment to itself and this is
an inevitable effort.