Is marriage something you would want in your future?
- Marriage is still important for social, economic, and committment reasons.49% (235)41% (165)46% (400)Vote
- Marriage is important due to my religious beliefs, convictions, societal, or for family reasons.27% (127)18% (72)23% (199)Vote
- Cohabitation is better, you can enjoy lifelong benefits of companionship and love without worrying about legal consequences and divorce14% (68)23% (92)18% (160)Vote
- Relationships only, I prefer my personal space and don't enjoy living or getting to entangled with anyone.5% (22)6% (24)5% (46)Vote
- I plan on remaining single.5% (24)12% (50)8% (74)Vote
Most Helpful Girl
A mixture between B and C. B because I personally don't want to be in my 30's referring to my SO as my boyfriend. C because I still believe in retaining my sense of individuality. The SO and I have already agreed on a prenup. We don't believe in giving hand outs just for tagging along.2
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Most Helpful Guy
It's relevant for women. For men, not so much.
The concept of "marriage" is and has always been more advantageous to women then to men.
Men are biologically designed to plant their seeds and then move on to the next woman. Women are biologically designed to bear children and nurture them until they are developed enough to survive on their own. For this reason, women always have been and -- until there are robots that can replace them -- always will be the primary caretakers for the children. They are physiologically designed for child rearing while men are designed to hunt, kill and bring home the meat.
The reason men are less amenable to marriage is because it isn't natural for them. Millennia of evolution made them solitary hunters. But for women, it's always been a benefit to have a man around as a protector and provider for her and her offspring. Women benefit from the long term relationship, at least long enough to raise the kids to an age that they could potentially survive on their own. Maybe that's why the average marriage lasts about 12 or 13 years... just long enough to raise the kids to that point. That's why women are much more about the "commitment" (sometimes known as marriage) then men.1