The rate of making friends and getting married is higher among college degree holder Americans, the survey found
A college degree is usually obtained in the United States in order to obtain attractive employment opportunities. At the same time, higher education plays a role in improving the home environment and social relations. But a recent study found that people with a college degree are more likely to make friends than those with a high school diploma or less.
Daniel Cox, director of the Survey Center on American Life and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says Americans generally lack friends.
Comparing today’s times to the past, he says that “Americans have fewer friends who are called close friends today than in the early ’90s.”
According to Cox, two of these groups are experiencing a dramatic shortage of friends these days. These groups are men and others who do not have a college degree.
The Survey Center for American Life interviewed 5,054 people last summer, which found that Americans with a college degree feel more socially connected and socially engaged. They are more active in their communicators than those who have not had the opportunity to go to college. As a result, college and university students do not feel as isolated and lonely as those with a lower education.
Cox says that if you look at traditional things in American society that seemingly have nothing to do with a college degree, such as religion, marriage, or union, you will find that those with a college degree are in a better position. Are
Cox says the three institutions are declining compared to the past, with not as many people getting married as they used to in the past, as well as declining religious affiliation and union formation. But when compared to those with a college degree and less educated people, degree holders appear to be more active.
An earlier study had found that people who did not go to college were less likely to get married than those who did.
A 2013 survey found that marriages between men and women born between 1957 and 1964 differed on whether or not they had a college degree. Those with a college degree had a higher marriage rate than their other group.
Similarly, another 2012 study found that women with a college degree had higher marriages than women who dropped out of high school.
Cox points to the study, which shows that married people have stronger social networks, more close friends and when they feel lonely, they share it with their friends. Do
If we look at today’s times, surveys show that 65% of college-educated Americans over the age of 25 are married, while those with a high school diploma or who have already completed their education The proportion of married people of the same age is 50%.
According to the PewResearch survey, the distribution of education in this regard was low in 1990. During this period, the marriage rate among college educated people was 69%, while among those with high school education or less, it was 63%.
Americans are less religious overall, according to Pew Research. There is a growing number of Americans who say they are not religious. According to the survey, in 2009 17% of Americans said they were not religious, while in 2018 and 2019 this number increased to 26%.
When it comes to unionization, this trend is steadily declining. In 1983, up to 20% of workers in the United States were union members, but by 2020 that number had dropped to 10.8%.
Cox says those who can’t go to college suffer the most from the decline in religion, union and marital ties. According to the American Community Life Survey, about one in 10 college graduates say they have no immediate social contact. The number of Americans without a degree is growing dramatically, with almost one in four saying they have no close friends.
Cox says those without a degree are becoming increasingly socially isolated. Their social networks are shrinking. His close friends are dwindling. But if you look at the 90’s, there was not much difference between those who had a college degree and those who did not.
“To make up for the lack of participation in social life, the lack of friends, the lack of community life and the lack of marriage, we need to look for alternatives for those who do not have a college degree,” Cox said.