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More often than not, when I come across these studies, the information being revealed isn't always so, well, revealing. In fact, I'm usually a bit underwhelmed. Yes, I knew that frequent sex enhances productivity at work, or that watching pornography excessively can lead to unrealistic expectations in the bedroom.
However, when I came across this particular study. I was a bit floored. It seemed so....1950s. I thought we were well beyond the days of believing that men should be the bread winners while women sit home burping the kids and emptying the dishwasher.
Perhaps that's my assumption because I'm not apart of the "teen" demographic that acted as the focus group for this research. It does leave me a bit uneasy though, as this is the future of the world.
To offer some perspective:
In 1994, 58 percent of high school teens disagreed that it’s “usually better” if families have a male breadwinner while the woman takes care of the home and family, according to a survey analyzed by a pair of sociologists for the Council on Contemporary Families.
By 2014, that number had fallen to 42 percent. It just seems a bit backward (both a figuratively and literally). Over 20-years-later the idea of specific gender roles is even more heavily ingrained in the fabric of today's youth, how did that happen? These kids were raised on Twitter and risqué television.
“In 1976, a majority of high school seniors (59 percent) disagreed with the statement that, ‘The husband should make all the important decisions in the family,'” the report says. “This rose to 71 percent by 1994, but fell back to 63 percent by 2014.”
I'm not certain if these statistics would both or please the "common man" nowadays. I would hope that distancing ourselves from the notion that men are supposed to be financially supportive would have alleviated a lot of pressure on them, but it's possible some men really enjoy that title.