“Millennials Say Marriage Ideal but Parenthood the Priority,” Article summary

According to the information obtained from the CNN website dated 9th
March, 2011, which compared marriage to parenthood in America between
the people below the age of 30. The Millenuials supported marriage
instead of parenthood, from the reports, Paul Taylor and Pew executive
vice president a larger percentage agreed that marriage was not
significant in life since about 23% of the unmarried parents argue the
same. However, 70% of the unmarried childless perceives positively
towards getting married while about 75% of the Millennials admit that
having a family ease life. According to Cherlin, a professor of
Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, the unemployment of the people
within the low academic background majorly contributes to getting
children outside wedlock in support of the millennial perception on
Marriage and parenthood are different aspects of life depending on
perception and experience in the respective ways. However, the essay is
aimed at describing ways in which the .com generation appears to be
different from one that came before it, and explaining factors that may
have contributed to the difference (Hertz, 2006, p. 58). The
technologically viable age at present reacts differently from the
previous generation since the level of education and lifestyles differ
with individual groups and peers (Hertz, 2006, p. 56).
Unlike the previous generation, the people at the age or 18- 30 are
different from the previous generation since the current group resort to
communication through phones and online communication systems which are
efficient and accurate in determining solutions. However, in relation to
children, technology enables parents to not only be able to have
children, but also fertilize the ovum outside the human body.
In situations like abortion, the current generation has ways of avoiding
pregnancy at an early age. This was not possible in the previous
generation until the respective pregnancy behavior was detected (Hertz,
2006, p. 83). The global non-governmental organizations and the national
laws are frequently modified to cater for both the mother and
children’s rights. Despite the possibility of having a baby outside
wedlock, it is the right of a child to get support from then father
until the age of 18 years, this may vary depending on the country, and
their by-laws, but in most cases the age limit is set to 18 years
(Hertz, 2006, p. 93).
The information obtained from the social media like face book and
tweeter is causing havoc in families since the stressed couples seek
advice from the social media, which is detrimental to their marriage
(Hertz, 2006, p. 42). The unmarried and single parent’s influence the
youths through their poor relationship to convincingly withdrawn them
from their desire to get married (Hertz, 2006, p. 77). The previous
generation had less influence of technology hence there were minimal
cases of single parent and cases like divorce which are prone in the
technology age (Hertz, 2006, 69).
Academically, the level of education to which most of the victims are
able to learn is gradually improved comparatively to a situation within
previous generation. The current generation is full of people with
computer knowledge, this enhance proper communication between the
affected to avoid unwarranted emergencies (Hertz, 2006, p. 62). The
issue of either parenting or marriage can be discussed beyond the
technology age given the opportunity and strategic obligations, but it
is adept to reiterate that technological advancement and poor economic
development are ranked among the main cause of single parenting
comparatively to the generation that lived before (Hertz, 2006, p. 47).
The technological advancement and high level of education has
tremendously influenced the ability to either get married or raise a
child as a single parent. However, the high living standards and
unemployment in the US are enthusiastic contributors to the decision
that leads to single parenting compared to the high marriage cases
witnessed in the previous generation in the US. It is adept to reiterate
that through the formation of by-laws that support the rights of women
and children, there are myriad cases of parenting compared to the
previous generation. Meaning that with technological advancement, cases
of single parenting have vastly increased compared to the previous
Hertz, R. (2006). Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice:How Women are
Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American
Family: How Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating
the New American Family . New York- USA: Oxford University Press.