NowUKnow: Why Millennials Refuse to Get Married

NowUKnow: Why Millennials Refuse to Get Married

Millennials are making history by saying no to traditional marriage in record numbers – and they may be radically changing a centuries-old institution.

While traditional marriage has been on a downward trajectory for generations, with this group – the oldest now 40 years old – it appears to be in free fall. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, Millennials are slower to establish their own households; more than four-in-10 do not live with a family of their own.

Many Millennials are choosing to test drive nuptials. Pew reports found that a significant share is living with a romantic partner. Cohabitation is more common among Millennials than Gen Xers across most racial and ethnic categories, as well as educational attainment.

Lecturer in Natural and Applied Sciences Clarissa Sawyer, who teaches gender psychology and adult development and aging at Bentley University, says that the Millennial marriage trend has roots in education.Seguir leyendo