Overthe years, the family values of most American citizens have beenchanging dramatically. Back in the day, most people were aware of whotheir relatives were unlike today. Most families nowadays aredistributed across the country. This means that over time thefamilies will increase in size. The current generation children donot know most of their relatives. Their parents just tell them thatthey have relatives in a certain state, but they never visit them norcontact them in any way. Some of the causes or factors that have ledto this state of affairs include technology development, high levelsof divorce and parents careers among others.
The first cause of changes in family values is development intechnology. The current technology is by far different from the oldendays. Nowadays even small children know how to use smartphones andcomputers. The technology has led to easier and more effective modesof communication such as social media networks. Most families wouldrather stay glued to their mobile phones chatting with friends ratherthan take the time to visit their relatives. Also, these phones haveled to family breakups. A couple can divorce because of a simplemessage or photograph. This impacts the children very negatively thanit affects the parents. Children are so much into their mobile phonesthat they never have to spend time with their families. This has ledto family members feeling distant to their family and closer to themobile virtual world. This has caused the different changes in familyvalues for the worst. Parents no longer have control of what childrenare doing on the internet and whom they associate with.
The second cause is the high rate of divorces. Most parents aredivorcing more often than back in the days. This has led to increasedrate of single parents who are forced to raise their children ontheir own. The single parents are more likely to remarry which theirchildren usually do not like, which will drive a wedge in theirrelationships with their children. This current trend of divorces hasalso led to the youth fearing marriage life. Most youths are moreunlikely to marry as they fear being hurt through the divorce. Thishas led to them marrying in later years rather than in their youthfulyears. This means that they will have children while older. This hasled to deteriorating of family values.
The third cause of changing family values is career parents. Mostfamilies nowadays are made of parents who have successful careers.The parents are so committed to their careers they do not take goodcare of their children. They employ other people to raise theirchildren on their behalf. The people hired may no necessarily instillgood behavior in the children. Some of the parents come from worklate at night and do not have time to spend with their children. Thistype of parents think that giving their children money makes up forthe time they do not spend with them and in the end, the children endup spending the money on stuff such as drugs which leads to adversechanges in family values.
In conclusion, there are a lot of factors that have led to thechanging trends in family values for the worst. The blame for thechanges in family values can be put on parents who are supposed toinstill the family values in their children. Also, the parents shouldnot just instill the values in their children but should alsopractice them. If the parents practice good family values, thechildren will follow their steps, and the family values will improveover time. Therefore, it is up to the parents and the society atlarge to ensure good family values are passed down from onegeneration to the next.