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This expectation is by no means always fulfilled, as rising divorce rates and family break-ups indicate.
William Ogburn, with his celebrated theory of cultural lag, pointed out how social stresses arise out of the uneven rates of change in different sectors of society.
This line of reasoning is consistent with reports that death rates among widows and widowers, during the first year after loss of a spouse, are higher than normal.
The concept of future shock--and the theory of adaptation that derives from it--strongly suggests that there must be balance, not merely between rates of change in different sectors, but between the pace of environmental change and the limited pace of human response.
We also know that different sectors within the same society exhibit different rates of change--the disparity that William Ogburn labeled "cultural lag.
Time is the currency of exchange that makes it possible to compare the rates at which very different processes play themselves out.
Today growth rates of from 5 to 10 percent per year are not uncommon among the most industrialized nations.
Rising rates of change thus compel us not merely to cope with a faster flow, but with more and more situations to which previous personal experience does not apply.
It is true that some technologically backward and disadvantaged groups, such as urban Negroes, are characterized by high rates of geographical mobility, usually within the same neighborhood or county.
But these groups form only a relatively small slice of the total population, and it would be a serious mistake to assume that high rates of geographical mobility correlate only with poverty, unemployment or ignorance.