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Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.“It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, white, black or Hispanic. The challenge, then, facing the United States is bridging the gap between the nearly universal aspiration to marry and the growing inability of poor and working-class Americans to access marriage,” said Wilcox.
That fewer millennials are choosing to marry is also a reflection of modern social attitudes that reject the institution as outdated.
According to a report released last month by the Pew Research Center, 25 percent of millennials are likely to never be married. Boston Globe columnist Tom Keane says this trend could be cause for alarm.
"Millennials, reject timely marriage at your own risk," warns his column.“Not getting married at all could prove tragic,” said Keane, reviewing the economic and social benefits of marriage.
And declines might be even sharper if marriage rates recover slowly, or not at all, from pre-recession levels, according to the report.
Traditional marriage has been on a downward trajectory for generations, but with this group it appears to be in free fall.
Of Americans age 18 to 34, only about nine percent have both never been married and say they do not ever want to marry,” she wrote.“Although there is now a growing class divide in who gets and stays married in America, there is virtually no divide in the aspiration to marry,” she quoted from an interview with W.Marriage patterns will continue to diverge by education and race, increasing the divides between mostly married “haves” and increasingly single “have-nots,” predicted an internal analysis of the Urban Institute report.Tax rates, eligibility for entitlement programs, and the availability of social safety nets are all altered by marital status, it said.Millennials are saying no to traditional marriage in record numbers…and that’s not all.In Western culture in the late 18th century, marriage transformed from an economic arrangement into a union based on love. The median age at first marriage is now 27 for women and 29 for men — up from 20 for women and 23 for men in 1960.
And the American rural model is economy first, relationship second, with clear division of labor, and the added sanction of religion.”Will the millennial generation usher in a new era that saves American marriage by allowing it to evolve?