Cultural values have changed. It used to be scandalous for an unmarried couple to live together. Today most people never give it a second thought. Many people view marriage as an unnecessary formality. Some unwed couples that live together believe the relationship will change if they get married. With the high incidence of divorce it is obvious that many people no longer view marriage as a lifelong commitment either. But there is still a remnant of us who believe in the traditional role of marriage.
Through the generations having a committed relationship seems hard for them. I'm married, only 26 yrs old and have been for 3 years, been with my husband for 8 years total. I'm not sure why people have that problem, it seems like an interest/attention issue. There's more cheating going on, and from what I hear, pornography issues from the women. There's several reasons, but people do get married. It just doesn't seem like it lasts as long. :(
People still get married but the divorce rate seems to be higher. Go figure. We probably all have an opinion or experiences to share but at the end of the day dont live your life based on statistics. Just love living life!
If you are interested in doing the research, I have a hypothesis on this. Marriage traditionally established the rights of the heirs, or which child gets what property. I'd think marriage is still a big deal with the wealthy but not so much among the people who don't have wealth to hand down to their kids. Perhaps if you are interested, you could look at whether there is a correlation between the distribution of wealth and the erosion of the state of marriage.
I think men are less likely to marry now because of the judicial effects of divorce. A man who makes a good living and has a wife that makes less loses over half of everything he has ever worked for. Why marry? Just buy some woman you hate a car and a house.
Someone told them that the one big reason divorces happen is because people get married? Divorce is all around us and we see the effects. I think people are scared. It's costly in oh so many ways. Marriage is happening at much older age than it used to.