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The book by Stephen R. Covey entitled "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families" mentioned the Cultural changes to the family 40 to 50 years ago and the modern Culture in the American family today.

Typical American family
40-50 years ago
Today
Technology
  • Predominantly radio
  • Little or no TV
  • Satellite cable TV
  • Internet and www
Children
  • Chance of growing up with both parents 80%
  • Divorce rate 1 in 5
  • Chance of growing up with both parents 50%
  • Divorce rate 1 in 2
  • Single parent families 350% increase
Parents at work
  • 40-hour work week
  • Less than 20% of children need day care because of parental work demands
  • 45 to 50 hour work week
  • More than 60% of children need day care because of parental work demands
School
  • Teachers are valued
  • Top disciplinary problems:
gum, noise, dress code, littering, running in halls
  • Assaults on teachers up 700% since 1978
  • Top disciplinary problems:
drugs, alcohol, pregnancy, suicide, ****, robbery and assault
Family Rituals
  • Family dinner
  • Family gatherings
  • Little or no TV

  • Each week a school-age child spends:
1.8 hours reading
5.6 hours doing homework
21 hours watching TV
Religion
  • 70% of people feel religion is increasing its influence on American life
  • 60% of people feel religion is losing its influence on American life
  • 90% feel the US is slipping deeper into moral decline
Juvenile Violent Crime
16.1 incidents per 100,000
  • Up 500% from 1950s
  • Up 22% from 1990
  • 75.8 incidents per 100,000
Extended Family
  • Live closer together
  • More frequent contact
  • Live farther apart
  • Less frequent contact and involvement
Neighbors Usually knows neighbors well and trust them Most Americans know well only 3 in 5 neighbors


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Re: Changes in our culture 40 to 50 years ago
Replying to [Street Smart]:Family values also gone down. Erlier the joint family have the value and as soon as got married get apart from the parents.

Many couple stay without marry.. and ratio is very high. They don't want the family burdon.

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Dear KILOIA:


This is not only happening to the American culture, it is spreading to the Asian culture as well.


For example, the Oriental cultures of placing high esteem in filia piety, stemming from the teachings of Confucius has been eroded away by Western influence.


The traditional Chinese family used to eat together as a family on big dinning table. But the take aways of MacDonalds violate this Cultural rule to sit at the table and eat together, addressing the elders before the younger ones start their meals.


The marriage bed and the sanctity of marriage has suffered desecration. Couples have pre-marrital sex  and live together without getting married. In other words they co-habitate. Marriages turn out into divorces and the men and women are afraid of going through the same sequence again, besides the welfare system gives more to single parent than those with working male partner.


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Replying to [Street Smart]:
The greatest Cultures of---Greece--Egypt---Rome---China---India etc..etc...are vanishing a fast speed.
With absolutely --NO Prejudice..to anyone here.
---There is nothing like ''American Culture''--that Exits.
---It is only our 'Fancy'.
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Replying to [Street Smart]:

I like all your posts, brother.

Surely cultures and customs can be slightly changed year by year at anywhere on the globe. [em1][em1]
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Replying to [Street Smart]: This is not only for Americans but also for Asia countries. like China, the young generation follows tightly with USA. Most of Chinese overvalue USA culture. it seems that Chinese take in not elite but dreg. Juvenile Violent Crime,divorce, teachers disvalue and other social problems are common in China. it's no way to go back to 40-50 years ago.
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Replying to [Street Smart]:hi ,street,it is authentic, and i think there is another thing should be exist,it is that now what we do,we can communicate with each other about what we think,it is the world is smaller!different culture can affect mutual!
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Quoting from [james-shao]:


Replying to [Street Smart]:hi ,street,it is authentic, and i think there is another thing should be exist,it is that now what we do,we can communicate with each other about what we think,it is the world is smaller!different culture can affect mutual!


Hi James,


My name is also James, but I have passed the 2 generations of my grandparents and parents, they are all gone and I am living in the phase of me being grandfather.


Culture from the East, based on teachings of Confucius, is very much to do with family ties, traditions and respect for the elders. This is one of the highest virtues of the Oriental culture, which is now being aldulterated by the West. Divorces were never heard of, and marriages were all pre-arranged by matchmakers.


Family break downs are mainly the cause of much disturbed youths and teenagers today. The psychotic stress, the depressions that fueled anger, hate and bottled-up agression against society and other fellow human beings may burst out to shootings and suicides. The number one cause of deaths in China today among the youths is suicide, not road accidents, not terminal illness.


The latest violent shooting of in USA by Korean student, who had suffered depression over his step father demonstrated the situation of the present South Korean culture. There are more divorces, and the children are the victims of such family disputes.


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Replying to [Street Smart]:You are right Mr. Street Smart. Presently young generation want to achieve everything and wihout doing any thing. They want to be rich and in one day. They want to change BF/GF frequently. Family values have changed.
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Replying to [Street Smart]:Reply to you all : You should come to Australia , we seem to be loosing it by the second, Its a big worry the thing all seem to be loosing is respect for otheres.. WHY
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Replying to [Street Smart]:Dear StreetSmart
I guess you have focused on the negative changes that have happened in the past 50 years. That's true what you have outlined, violence is on the rise, and lots of concerns in all of us if thst trend keeps going on. new generations are being raised with less discipline as before , mostly because both parents are working, and in many cases not because they have to, but because both husband and wife care more about their carrers than family. Kids come at 2nd place. and desires to go up at work, pushes people to work extra hours to do more, to convince the boss that they are good candidates for promotions.
However, I was thinking if those problems that we see everyday on TV happening in any part of the world, were also present 50 years ago. The difference is that before it was hard to find out about the Russian serial killer, or the high school shhotings in America, no TV, and the world was really far away.
Anyhow, from what we see daily, the future looks awful on these issues of violence, divorces, family values and else. But if we take the positive that has happened in the world in the past 50 years, also we could see some simptoms of corrections. technology is being used to help reach new frontiers, get well from sickness, be available through mobile phones, do more educated decisions, which in the long run will do more positive than bad.
The future is not that somber, at least I want to believe that, the good comes with the bad, make sure you have the right filters to keep doing the right thing.

Vicente Huaman

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