Oh, millennials. Many, particularly elders, say our modern era's defining generation, consisting of people born between the early 1980's to the mid 1990's, is also the most destructive generation to date. This demographic of impulsive, self-important crybabies that only want to drag society under the influence their impossibly high standards is destroying what is definitive to America, if you listen to Baby Boomers. Well, if this is true, then that stingy reputation has led to another defining characteristic of the country that Millennials are "destroying": the divorce rate.
According to a new study by Phillip N. Cohen, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, the rate of divorce in the United States dropped by 18% between 2008 and 2016. Bloomberg reports that the data in Cohen's study, which has been submitted to be presented at the 2019 Population Association of America meeting, shows that while the baby boomer generation largely fell into the habit of getting married young, divorcing, and later remarrying, millennials tend to take more cautious steps toward tying the knot as a means to avoid the mistakes of their biggest critics.
"Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they're doing," Cohen said. By taking precaution to maintain healthier financial status before making matrimonial commitments, among other facets of stability, couples under the age of 45 have paved the way for a more perfect union. Furthermore, statistics show that the rate of divorce for those from the elder generations has continually grown larger, allowing much of the credit for the drop to be given to the youth.
If you look up the phrase "the America dream" on Merriam-Webster's website, it is used in the following sentence: with good jobs, a nice house, two children, and plenty of money, they believed they were living the American dream. Well, if financial stability, strong family values, and loving devotion are the keys to an ideal way of living, it seems that the generation that is most often subject to blame for killing the American dream must truly be its savior.
What do you think? Will Millennials be blamed for destroying yet another American cultural norm, or are they actually the heroes of this story? Let us know in the comments below!