The State Of Marriage In America
Published: May 11, 2012
The State Of Marriage In America, While same-S-EX- matrimony is in the spotlight, the number of people tying the knot hits an all-time low.Put a ring on it. Or not.North Carolina’s Amendment 1 reaffirmed the “defense” of marriage, but for whom are we saving the hallowed institution?
These days, barely half of eligible Americans are yoking themselves to each other, an all-time low. A half century ago, 72% of Americans took marriage vows. The recession, a scapegoat for many societal ills, has been blamed for accelerating these rates, but marriage was already in decline. The way things are going, spouses will be a minority group.
Japanese newlyweds, a less common breedThe new global singles: The United States isn’t the only country with abandoned wedding aisles. Nuptials are passé in Britain. The French don’t see the point. New Zealand says the breakdown of the traditional family costs $1 billion a year. In Asia (Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong), women aren’t hooking up at all, which drives mothers and demographers crazy, since their aging societies need new blood to keep up the population.
What is marriage: Marriage historically was rooted in financial arrangements. Today’s economists describe American mating – in an age when women are becoming as financially independent as men – as “hedonic marriage,” based on love and companionship. Other scholars have bandied about models of passionate love, but a generation that may not subscribe to the “living in sin” notion can indulge in lust without marital constraints.
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