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Family values - has America lost them?

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I. Attention getter/hook: Do you remember family shows like the Cosby Show and Brady Bunch? American families in the past used to embark on picnics, meals together, walks in the park, and board game competitions. However, times have changed as more American families are fragmented, non-communicative, and dysfunctional, more like reality show depictions than stronger, virtuous families of the past.

II. Thesis: Based on technological advancements, decreased religious attendance, and hectic parental work schedules, the American family is more disjointed and weaker now.

III. Main Point 1: First, technological advancements and innovations have seriously and negatively affected family dynamics.

A. Families spent more time today with gadgets and online than in quality relationships, time, and dialogue among each other.

B. Research from this article concurs:

Etzioni, A. (2000, May 8). Our frenetic electronic life. Christian Science Monitor. p. 9.

C. Etzioni shows the Internet's 24/7 features hinder family since "One can trade stocks, barter, shop, and ...

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Family values - has America lost them?