The Millennials View on the Single life, Marriage, & Divorce
CNN's Carol Costello, in a story called "Ready for the Marriage Apocalypse,"
said "we are culture rich in divorce. In the United States, almost
42 million adults have been married more than once. That's up from
22 million in 1980 and 14 million in 1960." And after an interview
with a group of students from her alma mater Kent State, she said, "I
won't be totally surprised if this group of millennials don't
ever get married." One of the students being interviewed said, "I
see a lot of people get married too soon or stay together and are unhappy
because they are afraid to be alone. And I would rather be alone, successful
and happy than in a relationship where I'm not happy... I'm OK
being single forever. As long as I'm happy."
People are valuing happiness over marriage and tradition these days, and
when they're stuck in a marriage that's not working, they are
less likely to wait around and hope for things to get better. Even millennials
themselves are getting divorced at high rates. And their generation is
blaming things like social media and lack of real human connection.
NBC's Anthony D'Ambrosio writes, "We've developed relationships
with things, not each other. Ninety-five percent of the personal conversations
you have on a daily basis occur through some type of technology. We've
removed human emotion from our relationships, and we've replaced it
with colorful bubbles."
Whatever the reasons may be, the rate of divorce is still increasing,
The American Psychological Association estimates, "forty to fifty percent of Americans will get a divorce
at some point in their lives." Which raises the question; are we
getting better at getting divorced? To think that marriages in the millennial
generation are already ending, amongst a group of people no older than
35, speaks to the fact that young Americans are more comfortable with
divorce, and are changing their views on it all together. By hiring
divorce lawyers to handle the division of their assets and property, and the custody of
their children, divorces are becoming less synonymous with war stories.
For their parents generation, most divorces happened once the children
were much older, or after the kids had left for college, making them that
much more complicated and messy. The millennials have started valuing
their happiness above all else, above tradition, other people's expectations,
and social pressures, and are willing to stay single, get married, or
get a divorce to achieve their ultimate version of happiness.
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