Is the institution of marriage almost dead?
Are you still dreaming of that big white wedding? Going by a recent survey, you might be one of a dying breed. According to the 2005 South African Social Attitudes survey, people are developing more liberal attitudes towards marriage.
Whilst the institution of marriage isn’t disappearing in most African countries, marriage rates are relatively low and are expected to continue the decline trend with the corresponding increase of cohabitation.
Nowadays, young people between the age of 16 and 18 are less likely to support walking down the isle that those who are 50 and older. Most young people feel that unmarried people are generally happier.
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A twenty something year old guy told me that there is no point in exchanging marriage vows when you are that young. For him, the true test that a marriage will last is cohabiting for years and years on end. He sees himself getting married after forty … that is if he and the woman he is living with can last that long. (Notice the doubt in that statement?)
What are the statistics for separation of people who co-habit? Is it higher or lower than the divorce rate? Does only "living" with someone make it easier to walk away? Are you as committed? Is marriage only a piece of paper or is it a badge of honor that you wear (always believing you will never be one of the statistics?)
Well, maybe young adults are being so influenced by the high rates of divorce that they feel formalizing the union is like mocking the sacred institution of marriage. Maybe they are FED UP with the divorce rates.
Is being married for 40 years something only our parents will ever achieve because it's now just far too easy to get divorced without working it out like they did?
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