As we know the millennial generation is ruining every single industry it can and the institution of marriage is no exception. Turns out millennials are taking their sweet time putting a ring on their significant other’s finger.
eHarmony reports that American couples between the ages of 25 and 34 knew each other for an average of six and a half years before getting hitched. For all the other older age groups it took couples five years before marrying.
The report was conducted by Harris Interactive and was based on online interviews with 2,084 adults who were married or in long-term relationships. The sample of people accurately represents the U.S. in terms of age, gender and region.
Younger people are waiting longer to tie the knot because they understand that marriage is more than just “true love.” Whoever you marry will hopefully be your partner for life and you need a bit more than just love to make it work.
“People are not postponing marriage because they care about marriage less, but because they care about marriage more,” said Benjamin Karney, a professor of social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, to the New York Times.
The median age for marriage in 2017 is 27.4 years old for women and 29.5 years olf for men. Back in 1970, the median age for marriage was 20.8 for women and 23 for men. The reason for the delay in marriage is in part for women joining the workforce.
Another sociologist, Dr. Andrew Cherlin from John Hopkins, said that millennials are viewing marriage as the last step in a relationship as opposed to the beginning. “For many couples, marriage is something you do when you have the whole rest of your personal life in order,” Dr. Cherlin told the New York Times. “Then you bring family and friends together to celebrate.”
Most millennials grew up in a time when half of marriages ended in divorce. This sort of push back to wait and make sure there is a strong foundation for marriage is no shock. It’s the culture now to wait for marriage if millennials plan on getting married at all.