More and more people today are saying to traditional marriage. This is not the first time that the institution of marriage has experienced such a radical change. In the late 18th century, marriage in Western culture transformed from an economic transaction into a union that is based on love. Today, the drop in marriage rates, when taking into account the rapid population growth, is definitely dramatic. Here are some of the top reasons why people are choosing to not get married today.

Switch to Cohabitation

One of the most popular explanation for the falling marriage rates is that more couples prefer to live together informally, in a setting known as a cohabitation. More people would rather live alone or with a partner rather than get married, according to studies. The rise of stay over relationships is also another common explanation. These are relationships where the parties sleep over in each other’s homes for a few times every week, but still have the option of returning to their own homes. These are popular among adults in their 20’s who are committed but are not interested in cohabiting.

Financial Stability

Research data suggests that financial stability is also a crucial factor in a couple’s decision to get married. Among the younger generations, the unemployment rate tends to be quite higher than the national average. Combined with the staggering effects of student loans, younger people are still struggling to move out of their parents’ homes so marriage may seem like a pipe dream for most. Marriage today is more prevalent among those who have higher incomes and better education.

Different Social Environment

Marriage has lost much of its social significance compared to decades past. It is still a desired milestone for majority of the younger generation, but the lack of a good economic foundation is a considerable hindrance. Furthermore, many of the social pressures that used to force women (and men) into marriages that they do not want are not as compelling today as they were before. Some people also consider the decision to not marry as a reflection of the modern social attitudes that reject this institution as an outdated one.

About The Author

Burnell C Sicard is the current chair of the Flemish Association for Family Science. He is a former political science professor at two of the top universities in the country. He is an advocate for civic literacy and free enterprise initiatives. He has also published numerous articles on fertility, education, parenthood, and the prevention of marital distress and divorce.