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Why Are Young Men So Averse to Marriage?



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It goes far beyond “getting the milk for free,” though that does play a part. Helen Smith, author of Men On Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream – And Why It Matters found that it wasn’t a lack of maturity but a rational response to new societal norms.

It seems that fewer and fewer people in general are getting married these days, and even fewer men seem interested. Men no longer see marriage as being as important as they did even 15 years ago. 

According to Pew Research Center, the share of women ages eighteen to thirty-four that say having a successful marriage is one of the most important things in their lives rose nine percentage points since 1997– from 28 percent to 37%. For men, the opposite occurred. The share voicing this opinion dropped, from 35 percent to 29 percent.

The reasons why fewer men are choosing marriage range from the fact that fathers command less respect than they used to, to fears over losing male friends or losing living space. The biggest reason, however, is just that many perceive the single life to be better than ever.

Full story with more reasons here.

 



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