If you haven’t been asked to throw on a new pastel chiffon bridesmaid number in quite some time or if you’ve been attending fewer and fewer weddings lately, you may not be alone. Time magazine reports about a new study from the Pew Research Center that reveals marriage rates are now at a record low.
Though the news that barely half of adults living in the U.S are currently living the married life may sound like dire news to some, it could actually be beneficial to the whole institution in the long run.
The lower marriage rate may mean people are taking their relationships more seriously, realizing in some cases that they should not rush into a marriage but rather wait until they are closer to 30 to make that important decision. The newer generations also probably don’t feel as rushed to get hitched as their parents once had.
The Pew Research study found that the number of people getting married between the ages of 18 and 24 dropped by 13% in 2009 and 2010. For those between the ages of 36 and 45, marriage is still a popular endeavor. Waiting until later in life to walk down the aisle has its benefits in that many of us are comfortable in our careers and carry more wisdom and experience than we did in our twenties.
But just because there are fewer marriages and more people waiting to get married these days doesn’t mean we won’t still hear about the occasional mistake moment a la Kim Kardashian. But for the most part it would seem we are taking this marriage thing more seriously, right? And that has to be good news.
What do you think of the new report that reveals marriage rates are at an all-time low?
Do you think this is a good thing and will strengthen the institution of marriage in the long run?
Marriage is dropping as more and more people are living together. It makes me sad because marriage is how it is supposed to be... not living together. Its sad, that even those who do get married are often divorced with in the first 5-7 years. We are working on year 12 and still love it. Its hard work and I guess many people don't care to work at...sad....
I am wondering how much this has to do with people waiting till they are older or rather, waiting till they can afford the wedding they want. It is common and acceptable to live with your boyfriend or girlfriend long before marriage now days, so there is no rush.
I don't really think that this is going to strengthen the institution of marriage. Marriage is one of those things were you can follow all the rules and do everything right and it still fail. The opposite also holds true, some people do everything "wrong" and somehow there marriage works.
If you asked anyone who knew me or my husband when we tied the knot at 19 and 20 after knowing each other for only 4 months, they would say we were destined for failure, but after 9 years we are still going strong and couldn't be happier.