In the US, the number of adults who are not married has surpassed the number of adults who are married. A record forty-six percent of young adults have never married.
Both statistics are firsts in a hundred years.
It has something to do with the weak economy. Something.
But the diminishing popularity of marriage is also an evolving trend. The poor economy has just intensified it.
Romantic partners are more likely to simply cohabit these days. That’s less scary in these uncertain economic times.
Sociologists do anticipate pent-up demand for marriage to get triggered when the economy picks up. But probably only temporarily.
Read more in this New York Times article: Saying No to Ã¢â‚¬ËœI Do,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ With the Economy in Mind.