8 November 2011
“I Do” But Not Yet
In 2006, homes in America headed by married couples dropped below 50% for the first time, making married households no longer the majority (Bronson and Merryman par. 1). In past years, women were expected to marry early in age to start a family while the husband worked and provided for the whole family. Since a large number of women have begun to wait until in their late twenties, this has been commonly called “The Marriage Delay” (Bronson and Merryman par. 3). The delayed marriage rates have risen because of financial considerations, because more people are going to college, and because women have become more independent.
Before people even noticed a rise in delayed marriage it was something that was expected and every girl grew up wanting to get married. Many women did not go to college and also did not have jobs to support themselves. They would live at home until they met a guy who courted them and eventually once they became married they would then move in together. The woman would stay at home, clean the house and cook the food while the husband had the money. This was the social norm, but they would gradually see that change. Compared to the past, marriage has become less important and other things have become priorities before people will consider becoming a husband or wife.
One of the priorities is that men and women in the 21st century increasingly want to be financially secure before going through holy matrimony and delay marriage until they feel that they are secure. With the economy plunging as it is (Economy par. 2), it seems to be the safest choice and being financially stable once you are married can reduce the stress of having a lack of money. If people wait until they are in their late twenties they have usually had a couple of jobs and know what they want to do. Once they have found a job in the career they want to pursue, they will more than...
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