We are from the same era I think. These days most people have to finish college by the time they are done they are in their late twenties, in debt and having to work 12 to 14 hour days just to keep a job. At lest that is how it is in my area (NYC). A lot of women work and if they are married are expected to do that and have the bulk of the responsibility for the household. Not a lot of incentive to get married. We also were raised in a time where church and society ruled a lot of our behavior. Most people don’t pay much attention to what anyone thinks. Society is changing I don’t think for the better for it or for the people in it. Seems to me people lose out on a lot these days just trying to live.
For the most part, I’m not big on statistics, mainly because those scary, quiet people in little basement offices find ways to turn numbers into whatever they want them to say. However these statistics on marriage don’t surprise me, though I do find them interesting. So I’m just going to throw some numbers out there without comment.
According to the Pew Research Center, the American marriage rate hit a rock bottom of 50.3% in 2013. In 1960, the marriage rate was 72.2%. The main reason for decline? Millennials are deciding to opt out of traditional relationships and choosing instead to live at home. In 2012, 45% of 18-30 year olds lived with older family members. In 1980 it was 35%.
Also interesting, 41% of babies born today are born to single mothers. That’s 2.5 times higher than in 1980 and a whopping 19 times higher than in 1940. Additionally, Americans are…
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