Students name Instructor’s name Course Date From “Settling down” to “Living alone” For many years marriage was a necessary social rite for adults in America. Marriage which was also referred to as “tying the knot” was American’s profound social rite that each and every individual was expected to undergo once he or she reached the adulthood age bracket. However as time keeps on changing the marriage institution appears to have “lost” meaning. This is because it no longer holds that type of “command” that it used to have. Things are now changing instead of settling down individuals have opted to live alone if not cohabiting. This kind of changes are happening despite the existence of viable technologies which have made it easier for people to connect. According to Eric Klinenberg a sociology professor at New York University “people are easier to meet than before with the incredible technologies that new mode of life in most parts of America. This trend has grown subsequently and it appears to cut across all ages. Despite the fact that it never used to exist before it has been embraced and propagated by cultural and economic forces alike. And the effect of this mode of living is that cities have been revitalized whereas social bonds have been broken. However the social interactionalism perspective best explains this. Works citedAnderson Herbert and Freda A. Gardner. Living alone. Westminster John Knox Press 1997: 127. Fry Richard. “The share of Americans living without a partner has increased especially among young adults.” Pew Research Center 11 Oct. 2017 pewresearch.org Klinenberg Eric. “I want to be alone: the rise and rise of solo living.” The Guardian Guardian News and Media 30 Mar. 2012 theguardian.com Rao Mythili. “Singles now outnumber married people in America - and that's a good thing.” Public Radio International www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-14/singles-now-outnumber-married-people-america-and-thats-good-thing. [...]
Historically, the path toward the American dream normally involved “settling down” and getting married. This was a socially desirable status. However, as you can see from the data shared on the Contemporary Families website, the trend over the last 30 years has been a decline in marital status and a rise in individuals who are living alone. Name two cultural and economic forces you think are driving this trend. What are the positive and negative implications upon society? What sociological perspective best reflects these changing notions?