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Are Selfish Generation Y Children More Likely to Divorce?

Are the generations we grow up in the best predictor of how we treat marriage and divorce? That is the subject of a recent article discussing divorce trends between Generation Xers and Generation Yers.

Those born in Generation X – the definition varies, but it is generally those born in the 1970s – are often seen as the first generation who grew up accustomed to divorce. Divorce rates were at their highest in the 1970s and early 1980s, so these were the first children to grow up visiting parents who lived apart. They were also some of the first to grow up with stepparents and stepsiblings. Some argue that, because Generation Xers know about the struggles of growing up in a divorced family, they are more likely to be committed to marriage and to try to work things out before seeking a divorce.

Generation Y children, on the other hand, are self-absorbed and only care about the short term, some experts claim. Generation Y covers those born in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Raised on technology and immediate access to information, Generation Yers have short term gratification in mind, the theory goes, so they have no qualms about leaving a marriage if it is not working. Generation Y is still quite young of course, so it is difficult to draw conclusions that are broad for them.

So far, the numbers have supported the divorce differences between Generation X and Y. Generation Yers are more likely to divorce than their counterparts are, and their marriages are shorter than those of Generation X partners. We would love to you hear your thoughts on the gaps between the two generations if you fall into one of these generations, or if you have children who do.

John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C. – Houston divorce lawyers

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