Now, men are waiting until theyre 28 and women are holding off until 26” (Duara). This paper looks into the potential causes for this change.
Young people have myriad of reasons to delay their marriage or to ever consider getting married. The first and foremost reason for not getting married reported by a vast majority of the youth is the search of the right person for the marriage. The divorce rate particularly among people in the West has conventionally been very high. This is primarily an outcome of a revolution in the societal role of genders. As women have moved out of the home to advance their career and have started to take their home responsibilities as secondary, the likelihood that the marriage would end up in divorce has increased manifolds. The increase in women’s wages is the fundamental reason for the decline in marriage rate. “[A]s womens wages have increased, fewer women rely on a spouse or partner to provide a weekly paycheck” (Mather and Lavery). The consequential lack of compromise has caused many marriages to distort, thus sending a disincentive for the unmarried people to try the same.
Social media websites have also played an important role in the decrease in the number of married couples. A lot of people have discovered how their partners have been cheating upon them through their profiles in such social media websites as Facebook and Twitter. Trust is one thing that has constantly decreased over the decades. Today, one can hardly think of trusting someone enough to make a life-long partner with. Consequentially, the marriage rate has declined. Besides, many people don’t get married in an attempt to escape from the responsibilities that come with marriage. People feel the freedom sapped in marriage that cohabitation provides them with. Lack of any significant relationship between the cohabiting people enables them to break free of the emotional bond whenever either or both of the partners starts to feel fed up.