For adults, values could be more profound ranging from abstract ideals such as democracy, freedom, faith, adherence to ethical and moral standards, to name a few. As a culture, Americans have been very vocal in their belief for democracy, freedom, human rights, and open mindedness. However, there have been some indications that there are apparent changes in American values. One’s personal view on this is that, indeed, American values are changing or evolving through time.
For one, there have been changes in valuing long term relationships, particularly in marriage patterns. From the points of views of people deciding to get married, contemporary trends manifest tendencies for later marriages – meaning, people opting to get married at much older ages and have preferred spending greater times being unmarried, as compared to people in past generations. Concurrently, as people decide to marry later, there are more tendencies for cohabitation, live-in situations, and childbearing outside the marital bond. In more ways, the changes could be explained as forms of social liberation. The kind of liberation extends to increased acceptance for homosexuality and controversial support for gay marriages.
The changes in American values could be explained through vast developments in all facets of life: technology, religious affiliations and beliefs, greater expressions for personal, social, and political freedom, consumer behavior, mass media, access and delivery of health care, and other macro environmental factors that influence man’s well-being. Changes in marriage patterns, for instance, could be explained by economic factors where women started to lead professional lives and laws on equal opportunities paved the way for marginalized sectors to join the workforce. Social acceptance for homosexuality increased in contemporary generation due to the