Why America is waiting to get married (Hint: It's not because we don't value relationships)

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  • EngineerinSaltLake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    Also, you can be open to dating outside the church. There aren't enough compatible men for our women and as a result I see a lot of women settling for someone who isn't their emotional and intellectual equal which sets up many for unhappiness down the road.

  • Ohio-LDS NE, OH
    Oct. 10, 2014 7:44 a.m.

    Llew40,

    I know single women who choose to pursue a third option - they actively ask for dates and even ask men to marry them. Their approach elicits some critics. And it can be painful to face the risk of rejection. But it is another option to consider.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 9, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    Why am I 40 years old with no kids living alone supporting myself with my steady job and never been married? BECAUSE NO ONE EVER ASKED ME! And why should he? Why date (marry) just one when you can hang out with them all? Simple plan requiring no commitment, no extra spending of hard earned cash with pesky dating, courtship responsibilities if you're a guy. Such old fashioned traditions have become obsolete. A straight, single woman only has two choices these days: cohabitate or live the celibate life, alone. Hence, nobody is getting married and we'll all be single forever (at least until the second coming).

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Oct. 9, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    The grand designer of the universe created males and females (okay, male/male and female/female sometimes; spare the argument here) to be attracted to each other. In a society that places obligations and morals upon such consummation the marriage age is going to much lower. In our present society where cohabitation, unwed parenthood and casual/no strings hook-ups carry no stigma, as well as get propped up by such pseudo-social science as 2-year beta marriages, and the new age idea of an extended adult phase through the twenties between childhood and "settling down," it is very likely the marriage age will creep up.

    No surprise. Doesn't really require a study.

    We labeled the 80's a Me Generation and have labels other since to separate them. But the truth is we've had decades of Me first selfishness and indulgence.