The median age at first marriage, which declined for the first half of the 20 century, has been rising since then.As recently as the early 1980s, the median age for men was 25 and for women 22.Being a good parent was seen as “one of the most important things” by a larger share of adults (53%).Men and women overall do not answer differently in rating the priority of a successful marriage to them, but there are differences among young adults, ages 18 to 34. According to the public, it is easier for a married person than a single person to raise a family (77% say so).Men and women’s attitudes about marrying for the first time are not different among young adults.But among never-married adults ages 30 to 50, men (27%) are more likely than women (8%) to say they do not want to marry.A rising share of births are to mothers who are not married, meaning that marriage is no longer seen by many as the only gateway to parenthood.(The divorce rate has gone down since the 1980s and is less of a factor than it used to be.) The postponement of many markers of adulthood also plays a role.
Marriage now has more competition from other lifestyles, such as living alone or living with an unmarried partner.Update on discontinued journals DOAJ will remove all journals that have ceased to publish unless they are continued by another title.Although reversing a previous decision, we have taken this step after careful consideration in order to keep our metadata as relevant and as accurate as possible.Having a successful marriage is “one of the most important things” in life for 36% of adults, according to a 2011 Pew Research survey.An additional 48% said it is “very important but not the most” important.Among the minority who say marital status does make a difference in life, marriage is deemed better in all of the listed realms but one.