Less Millennials Are Getting Married. Here’s Why…

Millennials are known as the disruptors.  They’ve singlehandedly changed the way technology impacts our lives.  They’ve courageously embraced diversity and inclusion in every facet of their existence.  And they’ve showed prior generations they aren’t afraid to live life on their own terms.  Now, it seems they’ve set themselves apart even more.  They’re getting married later.

In the year 2000, 73% of people between ages 20-34 had never been married.  Now, that number has risen to 81%.  And it will probably continue to increase.  But why?  Why aren’t millennials following their parents’ lead and rushing to the altar?

Times Are Changing

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Millennials are an open-minded bunch.  In previous generations, marriage was the only way to solidify a relationship.  But today, this group of singles realizes they can have the comforts of marriage without the certificate.  They can feel secure in their unions without making it official.  Plus, many young millennials grew up in single-parent homes and saw the effects of divorce.  They’re rightfully apprehensive about marriage and willing to wait until it feels right.