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The real reason Bridge is on the decline

Blaming our CEOs, our BOD, or other authorities for the decline in membership in North America is not seeing the forest for the trees.

 Nearly all outside-the-home activities are experiencing aging and declining membership statistics:, the Freemasons, the square dancers, the golf clubs, and so on. 

 

The reason is that young people have to work harder than ever before. Husband and wife get home from work at 6 p.m. They're exhausted but there's dinner to fix, there's kids to look after, there's housework. At 8 they collapse on the couch in front of the TV and fall asleep. Who has time for bridge? 

Even university students have to work much harder than in my day to get the good grades needed to get them a job or a place in graduate school. 

Europeans don't have to work quite as hard as we do. But before Europeans get too complacent  keep in mind that most social trends originate in North America and eventually migrate to Western Europe  (examples: informal forms of address, non-smokers rights, attitudes toward women and minorities, etc.)  It's only a matter of time. 

 

Frankly, I can't think of a remedy that will save bridge from the fate that has befallen lawn bowling, dinner parties and sewing circles  

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