Pisstoff , more and more couples are choosing to cohabit , since 2001 the number of couples who live together has risen from 2.1 million to 2.9 million . Now as I said I am not making this into a debate about marriage ( though people keep coming back to this ) but about stable family life inot out of marriage . Another statistic I found was that now 45% of children born are to couples who cohabit , and the fact seems to be that they are more likely to split .
this from a Government's state of the Nation report May 2010 -
" Around three million children have experienced the separation of their parents . THIS IS PARTLY DUE TO THE RISE IN COHABITATION , GIVEN THE INCREASED LIKLIHOOD OF THE BREAKING UP OF COHABITING COUPLES "
capitals mine .
It also seems as if the myth of living together before marriage helps you to stay together is not right . This is from an article in the Daily Mail -
"Several studies show that couples who live together before marrying are more likely to split after marriage than those who don't are are more dissatified in the marriage "
It isn't just that though that I wanted to get people's opinion on . The sexualisation of younger and younger children , which does seem to be something that strikes a chord with people .
I just have to look at the children at my grandaughter's school (5-11 yr olds ) and the way many dress even within the boundaries of a uniform , and how many are from one parent homes , not necessarily connected before anyone has heart failure , to see the difference in society from "the olden days " .
I have not looked at the rates of sexually transmitted diseases in teenagers , again though I think getting younger . I know that in pharmacies around our town are free Chlamydia testing kits with signs asking if young people would like to self test !!! I'm sorry, but it cannot be good that the need is felt for such measures .
Maybe I am harping back to the good old days , but I think that Phizzie's point about the rise in me-ism in general and the decline of a sense of social responsiblity of individuals is not so good either .