Politics is at the forefront of culture right now, especially for millennials. Politics is actually influencing the dating scene for people born between 1981 and 1996 according to OKCupid.
Since 2016, Millennials have been prioritizing political opinions over good sex, according to OKCupid. The matchmaking website surveyed 8 million millennials and found that dating someone with similar political beliefs has gone up 165% since 2004. While politics has skyrocketed the need for good sex being a priority has decreased by 30%.
The report says that specifically between 2016 to 2018, the number of women who think politic sameness is more important than sex went up from 27% to 42%. While men chose politics over sex went up from 23% to 30%.
Sex therapist Megan Fleming explained to the New York Post why politics is influencing the dating scene is not necessarily positive.
“If you’re only exposing yourself to people who think like you, you’re living in a silo and missing out on opportunities,” she said. Fleming thinks the political differences could lead to an intense spark.
Not only are politics becoming more important in the dating scene for millennials, but they’re getting married later in life. eHarmony reports that American couples between 1984 and 1993 date for an average of six and a half years before walking down the aisle. For older age groups they date for an average of five years before getting married.
“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.
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.”
Millennials are switching up the dating and marriage game.