The divorce rate fell by 18% in the United States according to the analysis made by the sociology professor at the University of Maryland , Philip Cohen. The decline is due to different factors, among which are that young people are more demanding when having a partner, take into consideration education, finance and professions. He added that they get married at a later age (compared to other generations).
GONews researched thoroughly why millennial marriages are more lasting compared to those of other generations.
Who are the millenials?
Demographers call millennials , or members of generation Y, all those who were born in the early 1980s, during the 1990s and early 2000s, and they range in ages from 22 to 38. A Unlike baby boomers (born between 1945 and 1964), and generation X (born between 1965 and 1981), millennials grew along with the technological era, which makes them native to the digital world. In addition, they have greater knowledge regarding social, political and environmental issues.
They are more demanding when choosing a spouse
“Marriage has become more selective and more stable at a time when attitudes towards divorce are increasingly permissive.” Philip Cohen
Today, young people are more selective when looking for a partner, especially if it is the person they plan to spend the rest of their lives with. Before taking the big step, many prefer to be financially stable, which allows them to take the weight off the relationship, which could cause problems later. In addition, they look for an individual that has similar goals to theirs.
Difference between millennials and baby boomers
Almost all baby boomers got married very young, divorced, and remarried to separate again. In fact, according to a study by Bowling Green’s National Family and Marriage Research Center, the divorce rate among people aged 55 to 64 doubled. Millennials, on the other hand, wait a few years to get married, which means they are a little more mature and have had several romantic experiences before settling down with someone, which allows them to clearly know what they are looking for in a person.
They marry at a later age than other generations
According to an investigation by The Knot World Wide conducted in 1965, the age range for a woman and a man to marry was 21 and 23 years respectively, while today it is 29.2 years for brides, and 30.9 for grooms.
There are three times less chance that a millennial will marry compared to other generations
According to Phillip Cohen, the fact that fewer subjects are getting married is not related to the decrease in the divorce rate. According to one analysis, the decline is due to the fact that a large part of the people who get married have a high level of education and stay together. Marriage has become an achievement of social status that people do because they can, rather than because they should.
Some prefer to live together
Some couples have chosen to live together without having to sign some type of contract. Although this was frowned at by society in past decades, today, more and more people prefer to experience life together before thinking about marriage. Many decide to continue in cohabitation and start a family without being married.
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