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2020 Census results have left an impact on culture and politics

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There is a lot which can be inferred from the 2020 census results and its general effect on society, particularly on politics and culture.

Starting with the data surrounding the aging population, I think that most people can agree that the aging population is a direct sign that people are having fewer children nowadays than they used to have in years before. This trend alone says a lot about the culture today.

There’s more of a direct focus on the individual as opposed to cultures of the past that put much of the attention on families. Now, this isn’t saying, by any means, that family isn’t still a common thought on people’s minds
in today’s day and age, but it certainly has decreased. The main reason for the less family focused culture that exists today resides in the fact that raising children is extremely expensive and can put a hold on people’s finances and life experiences.

Aside from the cause of this data, there are also a lot of effects on culture and politics from this change. To start, older people statistically tend to be more conservative than younger people. This will affect laws being made, the media and more aspects of our society. Aside from being more conservative, many older people have specific embedded and past beliefs which affect how they vote
for laws or people, as well as how they consume media and culture in general.

The change isn’t too extreme because the population hasn’t substantially gotten older to the point where an everyday person would often notice changes in the politics and culture they hear or read about.

As for the more diverse population results, the effects of this data counterbalance much of the effects of an aging population in relation to
politics and culture. A more diverse population leads to a more open-minded and broad approach to politics and culture, as opposed to the more stagnant, conservative view that is caused by the aging population.

Specifically, the greater plurality of cultures generally equates to a greater need for acceptance of different customs and beliefs which counteracts the older generations who are more inclined to want culture and politics to stay the same.

For a proven more migratory population, this loosens cultural boundaries a lot, and I personally think that this can be a really beneficial thing. Loosened cultural boundaries mean that there is less of a desire for people to stick with one way of doing things and instead think more progressively. When everyone doesn’t look the same and act the same, there are more perspectives which means a more holistic way of approaching culture and even politics.

As for politics, I think that the loosened cultural boundaries are represented through the fact that there continues to be more of a focus on helping take care
of people who seek refuge in the U.S., specifically seen through laws and political discussion.

The main takeaway from the data is that, if anything, politics and culture are at least slightly improving in correlation with this data.

Obviously, there are many more variables that affect politics and culture, but according to these three census results, culture and politics are not turning for the worst. An aging population could be a good thing as people become so instantly hooked and wired to technology from a young agecin today’s age. It’s always nicecto have people who didn’t grow up that way and know a life of boredom without a small screen in their face.

A more diverse and migratory population opens up the country to a broader range of American experiences. The more we spread out and the more
we all join with each other as people, the less racism there will be, the less limited points of view and the less confined people will be in their simple everyday ways of life that they’re not aware could be harmful or hateful.

Louis Summe is a staff writer.