Why Fewer People Are Getting Married These Days

Why Fewer People Are Getting Married These Days

When it comes to the social world, there are so many things changing. People used to go out to events to meet people. Nowadays people are instead using social media and dating apps to create relationships. Social media has prevented a lot of human interaction. Men these days don't approach women and ask them out like they used to. There was a time when women were being swept off their feet and always wanted marriage in their life. Now that women are working and making their own money, they are less dependent on men. Some people don't believe in the vows of marriage anymore, and some haven't found that special person. Fewer people are getting married. Instead, they are dating and living together.

Wedding Statistics

According to Conversation.com U.S. wedding ceremonies peaked in the 1980's with 2.5 million weddings recorded each year. Since the 1980's that number has slowly decreased to only 2 million weddings occurring; the marriage rate is the lowest it's been in at least 150 years while the population is steadily growing. It's not just the U.S. in Australia the marriage rate fell from 9.3 per 1,000 in 1970 to 5.6 per 1,000 in 2005. The crumbling of marriages was not just in the developing countries. The biggest drop occurred in Cuba from 13.4 to 5 while Jamaica had a massive increase from 4.9 to 8.7. There's a huge decrease in marriages occurring all over the world.

Why Fewer People Are Getting Married

There are a number of reasons that contribute to fewer people getting married. The most common reasons are the divorce rates, the necessity to tie the knot and wealth. Fewer people are getting married these days because of the huge divorce rate. According to The Richest.com 53% marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. The states with the highest divorce rates are Nevada, Maine, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Vermont. The states with the lowest divorce rates are New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Massachusetts. The only way to ensure that a marriage won't end in divorce is not to get married. People who have been married and divorced are the main ones avoiding marriage. Even the couples who are the most in love often end up getting divorced. The other reason why fewer people get married is the overall need. These days fewer people don't feel like they need to walk down the aisle. There are a lot of people, women, especially who are less dependent on marriage to fulfill them. Women are more educated these days and are making their own money. There are also some people that can't afford to get married so instead they hold off on the nuptials. Several other people would rather date, or live with their significant other instead of getting married.

Why the Wealthy Don't Get Married

Most wealthy people avoid marriage because most of them insist on their spouses signing prenups. True marriage is based on love and trust, but it's also about protecting the assets. When someone with wealth gets married, it's harder to know if that person is marrying them or their money. Many people believe a marriage for divorce is a sign that the marriage won't last, however not signing a prenup is what often leads to divorce. Despite marriage still occurring, nowadays fewer people are even considering walking down the aisle. 

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