Social Class and Human Longevity


SocialClass and Human Longevity

SocialClass and Human Longevity

Thesocial class of a human being is important in dictating the type oflife each individual life. Particularly, social class impacts thehuman longevity that determines the influence of other factors inhuman life. The social class impacts all the factors of human life bydetermining the diet that a person takes, education, lifestyle,attitude, the income and the wealth accessed by a human being. Amongthese factors, the attitude, education, lifestyle and income are themain elements of human longevity that are influenced by social class.The discussion of social class will present it as the maindeterminant of the important elements of human longevity in aperson’s life.

Thesocial class determines the type and level of education a personaccesses in life. According to Lambert et al (2012), the ability toafford better education is measured by the social class that a personbelongs. A child from a family of a higher social class will access ahigher quality of education because the parents can afford betterschools. On the other hand, children from the lower social classescan only access the basic education levels that their parents canafford. To the worst, some of the people cannot afford even the basiceducation because of lack of financing options. It is my opinion thatthe social class determines the access to any social service in life,education included. This is because social class determines theaffordability of education by the people based on their income.

Thesocial class impacts on the income that a person earns by determiningthe opportunities that an individual gets exposed to. According toSaunders (2006), money is the standard that is used to measure theamount of income a person earns. At the same time, money is themeasure of wealth, of a person, a significant factor that stratifiesthe society in social classes. The subdivision of the population intosocial classes, from low social level to higher social leveldetermines the opportunities accessed by each social class (Saunders,2006). I see that individuals in higher social class are exposed tobetter economic opportunities that lead to the generation of higherincomes in life. The opportunities, thereby lead to their generationof more incomes that leads to the maintenance of the status quo.

Moreover,the social class determines the attitude that a person maintainstowards life. The attitude of success and wealth determines thedesire for better education and higher quality of life. According toLambert et al (2012), this determines the type of lifestyle that aperson lives to access. While the rich have more opportunities tomake more income, their lifestyle grows even higher and higher. It ismy opinion that this is because of the attitude that they set forthemselves and the expectations for a better life. On the other hand,people from the lower social classes do not have the hope for abetter life therefore they have negative attitudes towards theirprogress.

Thesocial class of a person impacts the human longevity by determiningthe important elements of social life. Social class determines thelifestyle of a person by influencing his attitude to desire more, anddetermine the income that he or she can afford the life. Thelifestyle and the income determine the level and type of educationthat a person can access. The social class a person belongs isdescribed by the social stratification between the rich and the poor.Therefore, the status quo of social classes in the society ismaintained by the access of different opportunities by people indifferent social classes.


Lambert,P., Blackburn, R.M., &amp Connelly,R. (2012). SocialStratification: Trends and Processes.Farnham:Ashgate Publishing

Saunders,P. (2006). SocialClass and Stratification.London:Routledge