Less and less young men want to get married. One of the biggest problems is that more and more women want to get married! The Pew Research Center recently did a study on young people and their views on marriage. The findings were interesting.
Women in the age group of 18-34 want to get married. Since 1997 the percentage of women this age who said that a successful marriage is extremely important to them rose from 28% to 37%.The number of men who say this however has dropped from 35% to 29%.
Suzanne Venker, is a writer whose expertise is in feminism and how it is affecting us. She stated that for the first time, there are more women than men in the workplace, and more women getting degrees in college than men. The power that women are creating has some men running scared, and some opting to not bother dating seriously at all.
Venker stated that with roles reversing now and women becoming the breadwinners, men are more afraid for their assets when they enter into a marriage, because of what they fear they will lose in a divorce. She says most men are not finding a benefit to marriage anymore.
Venker says that she has found a stunningly large group of men who have said that they are never getting married because “women aren’t women anymore.” They are tired of being told that they are wrong, or there is something wrong with them if the women in their lives aren’t happy.
The latest census data from Pew showed that as of 2012, only half of the US adult population is married, which has dropped significantly. In 1960 72% of US adults were married. Now everyone is single either by their choosing, or they have been caught in the high divorce rate that plagues the country. The median age for first marriages have risen too, with women now at 26.5 years old, and men at 28.7 years old.