Thursday, February 14, 2013

True Love | now that Valentine's Day is behind us...

The Pew Research Center finds that Love is the primary reason Americans give for getting married.

For what it's worth:

  • Men are slightly more likely than women to agree with the proposition, "...there is only one true love for each person." 69% disagree with the premise altogether. 
  • Among those who have loved and lost (through divorce), 29% say they would like to marry again. Just 8% of widowed women and men want to marry.
  • US Millennial first marriages are timed more like those at the end of the 19th century than the so-called traditional marriages of mid-20th-century America. In 1890 about half of first marriages in the US occurred by age 27 for men and 24 for women. At the beginning of the 1950s half of first marriages occurred by age 24 for men and 21 for women. On a long, fairly steady, climb, in 2011, half of first marriages occurred around age 28 for men and 27 for women. That said, the curve is still climbing, so, we'll see...

  • What's clear is that marriage in the US is far from over. More than 60% of never married adults say they would like to marry; 12% say they would not; 27% say they are unsure.

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