Sunday, February 8, 2009

Depreciation of Parents

The social structure of the family has evolved so that parents provide children with food, shelter, and education. These elements are fundamental components of sustenance for children.

However, today, a child receives a majority of their education from school, the internet and their social networks. Teens do not look at their parents as a resource for education and information. Teens independence from their parents is commensurate with their proficiency and access to alternate sources of information/education.

As the proliferation of access to quality information has increased to the point where children in their teens have better information than their parents, the value of a traditional family is further eroded as an evolutionary strategy.

I wonder what would happen to the structures of families when society develops to the point where every individual could be guaranteed shelter and food.

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