Social change takes place all the time. Many think it is changing faster today than it did in the past. It’s not possible to know if that is true or not.
The link points out that the percentage of people owning homes is declining. I’ve read the percentage of young people who bother to get drivers licences is falling. Obviously, car ownership is following the same downward path.
Job security has fallen along with a higher unemployment rate. Parents think the next generation will be worse off than they were.
In all of this, do young people think they have it worse than their parents? To the contrary, they think their lives will be better.
Young people today have experienced the housing bust. Just like my own parents’ views on money were influenced by the great depresssion, the generation coming of age today has seen the dark side of home ownership and is more wary.
Today’s generation sees itself with a wider variety of entertainment, communication and information than their parents had. This sense of empowerment, stears them away from owning big assets that caused their parents so much grief.
They are marrying later, having children later if at all and enjoying lives with less baggage. Probably, this is part of the reason fewer are joining churches traditional denominations and attending church less.
Accepting gay marriage and rejecting home ownership does not reflect declining moral values, the values are just different.