What Are the Causes of Moral Degradation?

There are many causes of moral degradation, including poor parenting, the condoning attitude of society, influence of media, family breakdowns and increased freedom. According to poll results, 45 percent of the U.S. population thinks that the morality of the society is poor, reveals CNN.

The moral values of society worsen because many parents fail to teach children morality. Lack of consideration for others, sense of entitlement and rampart narcissism also contribute to moral degradation. Family breakdowns contribute to moral degradation because they cause children to lose self-respect and respect for others.

Media contributes to moral degradation because it presents uncensored messages and images to the public. Increased access to a wide range of media, such as television, music, Internet, video games and cell phones, contributes to moral degradation. This is because most of these media broadcast violence, crime and obscenity.

Moral degradation is revealed by dishonesty among business and government leaders and an apparent lack of accountability. People on the left are upset by the perceived greed of the 1 percent and the broad acceptance of torture and war as foreign-policy tools.

Many people cite the rise of infidelity, divorce, teenage pregnancy and crime are the main indicators of moral degradation. However, the rate of crime, teenage pregnancy and abortion within the United States has declined from all time highs with the rise of proper sex education and other programs.