A very recent article from the New York Post shows that unmarried American adults outnumber their married counterparts for the first time since the federal government began tracking that data in 1976, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"There were 124.6 million single Americans in August — accounting for 50.2 percent of the 16-and-over US population, the BLS data showed.
"Eric Klinenberg, an NYU sociology professor who tracks marriage trends, predicts the unmarrieds will probably be edging their married peers by this small margin for the foreseeable future." *
My question to you guys and girls of GaG is why do you believe this to be the case. In the poll, you can also vote and state whether or not you feel this is good news or bad news
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I know that back in 1960, 72% of the US population aged 18 or more were married.
Not bad, when you consider that about 3% are lesbian or homosexual , and roughly 2% of men a 8% of women were asexual. That means about 9% would never be interested in any heterosexual relationship.
Women just priced themselves out of the market for marriage, and men have wised up to it.
Once upon a time, women fooled with bad boys, then married a responsible, successful man and stayed married.
Now they they divorce the responsible successful man, take all his assets, and want to run off with the village idiot. It's taken a while for men to see the pattern in this and wise up, but the internet is helping them.
The legal system has encouraged this. Brides should now come to the wedding dressed as a hand grenade, and marriage certificates should have "tear on the dotted line, to take all hubby's assets and live it up".
Men have worked out that:
* 50% of wives turn off the sex at 4 years, and he's about to live the rest of his life with resentment and rejection replacing physical affection.
* Almost 50% of wives will want a divorce, and most divorces are initiated by women. Most men don't even get a reason for that divorce, but they know it will cost them for the rest of their life. I don't actually know even ONE man who ever walked out on a marriage, and wasn't prepared to stay and make it work. I know plenty of women who did.
This is the deal for men in marriage:
Men love women
Women love children
Children love guinea pigs
The guinea pig wins, no-one loves the man, and he just pays for the whole deal.
To be fair, there are about 20% of marriages that do work well. A man has no way of knowing before marriage, if he'll be one of the lucky ones. How much she loves him at the start, and how much he loves her forever, doesn't have much influence.
It's like playing Russian roulette in reverse. There could be 4 live bullets in the gun, but only one blank.2