Culture Watch: Internet, Marriage & Work Ethic

Do you want to get married?  Go online!

That the way things work these days, according to researcher Andriana Bellou at the University of Montreal.  Atlantic magazine did a story about her study that found areas with broadband web access have higher marriage rates.

She also found that twenty-something singles in a given city were more likely to get married after broadband became available.

Professor Bellou writes that targeted web searches may lead to matches of more compatible people and it’s possible that such matches will lead to stronger marriages.

However she cautions that if meeting people becomes easier at all times and ages, those in difficult marriages may be more likely to get divorced.  That’s because they may see the grass as being greener with online prospects, leading to a higher divorce rate overall.

In other culture-related news, a large percentage young people say working hard is simply not for them.  39% of Americans in the millennial generation now say they don’t want to work hard.

That’s a drastic increase from the 25% of young people who said that in the 1970s.

Researchers Jean Twenge and Tim Kasser believe the rise in entitlement can be traced to the environment these kids were raised in.

They say that tough economic times and a society with a large number of unmarried parents could contribute to a more materialistic mindset.  They also believe that advertising may cause young people to want lots of STUFF, but don’t they don’t think they should have to work for it.

In light of that, check out these words from Proverbs 10:4—“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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