Throughout the centuries, there has always been a difference in ideology between the various generations that have existed together at a point in history. These generations tend to do things different from each other. This is especially true where the younger generation looks at what the older have been doing, and decide to go in a different way.
The same is true currently. What the baby boomers did in droves, ad considered to be a milestone in life, is something that the Millennials that followed are not really known for. While boomers did take the issue of marriage seriously, it’s the millennials that made a name for themselves by breaking ranks with the boomers.
What do millennials think of marriage?
Age of marriage.
During the Second World War era, and even before, it wasn’t uncommon to come across 20-year old couples who had been in marriage for close to three years. In those three years, they had managed to start a family. That was true up to the sixties and seventies, then came the millennials.
Whereas marriages were mostly an economic arrangement, and later a means of expressing love, the millennials haven’t taken too kindly to it. In this age, it has become the norm to find that by age 30, many have still not gotten into their first marriages.
This is, on average, seven years later than what age the previous generation got into marriage. But that’s not all, the rate of marriages has also dropped by 20 percent. What’s happening instead, is that millennials are choosing to cohabit with partners they see themselves spending their lives with.
The Changing Perspective.
Yes, with every generation comes a change in certain idea that society has held dear. This time, it was the turn of the institution of marriage. It is in this generation that has seen a redefinition of the term gender and what it comprises. No longer is it a duality, and that means the traditional position of marriage between a man and a woman has also come to be seen as archaic.
The change has been fueled by a lot of changes in society, not just the role of gender. One factor, for instance, is that women are now able to pursue careers in very much similar ways as men do. No longer are women limited to being homemakers, or the secretary to a powerful man.
As women are now able to chase bigger positions in a corporate organization, this means that many have now prioritized the need get advanced education, as well as build a career, over the need to get married and have a family. This has meant that many women chase careers well into their thirties, without feeling the need to settle down.
Perhaps the biggest factor of them all isn’t the freedom to chase a career, but rather the financial positions that many find themselves in. Millennials are a much more informed generation, in comparison to previous ones. Many will eschew getting into marriage while they’re still facing issues such as debt, or don’t make enough money.