Britain Now Has 7 Social Classes

Britain Now Has 7 Social ClassesPeople in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests. It says the traditional categories of working, middle and upper class are outdated, fitting 39% of people.

The BBC Lab UK study measured economic capital – income, savings, house value – and social capital – the number and status of people someone knows. The study also measured cultural capital, defined as the extent and nature of cultural interests and activities. The new classes are defined as:

  • Elite - the most privileged group in the UK, distinct from the other six classes through its wealth. This group has the highest levels of all three capitals
  • Established middle class – the second wealthiest, scoring highly on all three capitals. The largest and most gregarious group, scoring second highest for cultural capital
  • Technical middle class – a small, distinctive new class group which is prosperous but scores low for social and cultural capital. Distinguished by its social isolation and cultural apathy

  • New affluent workers – a young class group which is socially and culturally active, with middling levels of economic capital
  • Traditional working class – scores low on all forms of capital, but is not completely deprived. Its members have reasonably high house values, explained by this group having the oldest average age at 66
  • Emergent service workers - a new, young, urban group which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital
  • Precariat, or precarious proletariat – the poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital

Professor of sociology at Manchester University, Fiona Devine, said the survey really gave a sense of class in 21st Century Britain.

“What it allows us is to understand is a more sophisticated, nuanced picture of what class is like now… It’s what’s in the middle which is really interesting and exciting, there’s a much more fuzzy area between the traditional working class and traditional middle class,” she said.

Which social class do you fall into? Do you agree with these classifications?

Source: BBC News

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Telling Your Kids That Porn Is Not Real

Telling Your Kids That Porn Is Not RealMost parents cringe when they think of their child viewing online porn, whether the act is intentional or unintentional. But with many of the teens nowadays equipped with their own computers or smartphones, parents are bound to accept that this scenario is quite inevitable. Nobody knows exactly how many kids watch porn online and how often they do so.

‘Not normal sex’

The main concern here is that these kids’ personal and adult sex lives will be shaped according to the pornographic materials that they regularly or accidentally see. Anti-porn campaigners stress that porn does not depict normal sex. Teenage boys and girls could often feel pressured to do a certain thing that they would not normally do. Just because it is common in porn, they would also think that it is common in real life.

So should we tell our kids that pornography is not real?

In this internet-dominated world, teenagers are already bombarded with pornography from a tender age. Parents cannot escape it by simply talking about “making a baby.” But some say that detailed talks about pornography are too much to handle and should only be opened if the kids themselves approach it. More than just teaching our kids about the effects of pornography, parents should also make a move to create an open dialogue about it.

‘Parent’s responsibility’

The focus is not to get embarrassed or judgmental about the acts depicted in porn. Even if the child does not want to listen, it is still important to keep an open line about it.

The issue of easily-accessed porn always comes up on forums and mothers usually feel a strong need to protect their children from it, or at least to educate them about it — well, that’s a parent’s responsibility. Still, we recognize that this is a difficult challenge to deal with.

A single mom may have a difficult time broaching the topic with her teenage son, and a single dad may also not know how to start talking about it with his teenage daughter. Some families are even so traditional and go as far as avoiding talks about sex altogether. In these situations, the perfect solution is for schools and parents to work hand in hand in addressing this issue.

Does your child watch porn regularly? How do you deal with this issue?

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