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More Couples Are Opting Out Of Marriage

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More couples are deciding to not take the plunge. Marriage has been on the decline for years, but a new report shows that the share of American adults who are married dropped to a record low in 2009-2010.  The age at which Americans first tie the knot has never been higher, which I think is a good thing. When you’ve “lived” life, you know more of what you want and more confident in who you are.

According to analysis of U.S. Census data by Pew Research Center;

Marriages are down from 72 percent in 1960 to 51 percent today, a trend that has been accompanied by a rising tolerance for single parents, cohabitation without marriage and other alternatives. At the current pace, the share of U.S. adults who are married will dip to less than half within a few years, the Pew study says.

More dramatic news from the report was a 5 percent decrease in the number of new marriages between 2009 and 2010, an unusually sharp one-year drop.

Do you think the popularity of marriage will continue to decline?

 

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