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US marriages slump to record low
BBC News ^ | 14 December 2011

Posted on 12/14/2011 7:49:41 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

Where are Mr and Mrs Right?

Barely half of Americans - a record low - are currently married, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census data.

Just 51% of adult Americans are married, compared with 72% in 1960.

The median age of first marriage has also hit a new high, of 26.5 for brides and 28.7 for grooms.

Pew said the number of adults co-habitating, single-person households and single parents had meanwhile increased in recent decades.

The study found that 20% of adults today aged 18 to 29 are married, compared with 59% in 1960.

It is unclear whether they are delaying matrimony or abandoning it altogether.

The analysis also found the number of new marriages in the US had declined by five percentage points between 2009-10.

This may not necessarily have been caused by the economic downturn, since a similar trend has continued in Europe regardless of business cycles.

Pew, a nonpartisan think tank and polling organisation, found the percentage of those Americans who have been married at least once had declined as well - 72% in 2010, from 85% in 1960.

If the trend persists, in a few years less than half of Americans will be married, Pew said.

While Pew did not study reasons for the trend, it noted that the marriage rate for college-educated adults declined "far less" than among the less-educated.

A Pew survey in 2010 found that four out of 10 Americans believed marriage was becoming obsolete, but that 61% people who had never married would like to do so someday.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


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To: GOP Poet

My impression of the 20 something men is that they are not getting easy sex from the female persuasion. They are such losers that your more likely to find them having sex by themselves in their parents basement. The overweight softees would rather play xbox then go on a date with a girl. When I go out to dinner with my wife or a movie, I never see a young couple do the same. I’m surrounded by other middle age people like myself. It seems that any young man with some testosterone is in the military, the others are pure losers.


51 posted on 12/14/2011 10:49:59 PM PST by gusty
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To: MinorityRepublican

Terrible development

I blame the pill....it ruined women and by default men


52 posted on 12/14/2011 10:51:10 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: 23 Everest

Sorry..i hope it gets better in time

Don’t know what I would do

....hope I go first

Life can be beautiful....and tough....really tough


53 posted on 12/14/2011 10:56:44 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: goron

Nicely deflected....hear hear!


54 posted on 12/14/2011 11:00:35 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: wardaddy

Cher is still hot. Merry Christmas.


55 posted on 12/14/2011 11:51:12 PM PST by goron (communism)
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To: MinorityRepublican

People want the movie (a successful, peaceful and happy society), but without the production (families, life values, functioning schools). In other words - and who would have ever thought? - the non-religious believe in miracles much more than the religious.

It seems to me that the political approach to problems which are generally of a moral nature has created its opposite.

Worshipping money has made us poorer, welfare has practically doomed its intended beneficiaries, the “niceness” of multiculturalism and political correctness have brought people further apart, forced integration has fuelled racial animosities, femminism has hurt women... and on and on right down the line.

Now we are overlawyered, over-criminalized, over-taxed, and over-controlled by surveillance equipment. We’ve been owned.

But we’re smart, hip, trendy and technological.

Let’s elect Obama and solve the racial problem! (and reverse the rising oceans and heal the planet!)

Well I guess the religious whackjobs are superstitious, but the others seem hyperstitious.


56 posted on 12/15/2011 12:00:50 AM PST by Youaskedforit
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To: wardaddy

Actually blaming “the pill” might not be far from the truth. Elevated levels of estrogen related to birth control chemicals leached through sewage into public drinking water supplies has been directly attributed to the wussyfication of males, and also increased these Amazon gigantasour feminists devouring the minds and morals of our youth. It’s no wonder that Barry wants the pill OTC so there’s more estrogen urine in public drinking water resulting in young males with lower testosterone to resist more Government.


57 posted on 12/15/2011 1:14:12 AM PST by goron (communism)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Women's Lib, Women's rights, etc. have destroyed the nuclear family.

Men have won as a result, with no commitment required, and fatherless homes everywhere.

Look in the minority communities, and look at the "free love" society we are living in today.

58 posted on 12/15/2011 2:46:07 AM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: goron

“Today THE worst financial decision a single male can make is to sign a marriage contract without a pre-nuptual...”

BINGO!!!! Give that man a prize!


59 posted on 12/15/2011 2:48:05 AM PST by CapnJack
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To: Age of Reason
"Why buy a cow when milk is free?"

DING! DING! DING!

WINNAH!

60 posted on 12/15/2011 2:49:14 AM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Weddings are expensive and so are divorces. Both deter marriage.


61 posted on 12/15/2011 2:55:12 AM PST by x_plus_one (Obama: Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam)
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To: goron

Seventy percent of children born in Kansas City, Mo, Jackson County are from unmarried women with baby-daddies. The welfare state has made marriage obsolete and problematic.


62 posted on 12/15/2011 2:56:46 AM PST by x_plus_one (Obama: Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam)
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To: gusty
The overweight softees would rather play xbox then go on a date with a girl.

Dont forget other online perversions/diversions that are addictive.

63 posted on 12/15/2011 2:58:49 AM PST by x_plus_one (Obama: Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam)
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To: MinorityRepublican

This thread is so sad, it hurts my eyes just reading it.

Marriage is a lifestyle, not putty filler.


64 posted on 12/15/2011 4:51:43 AM PST by b9
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To: MinorityRepublican

I was lucky - I married Mrs Right(wing)... : )


65 posted on 12/15/2011 4:53:35 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: goron

ew


66 posted on 12/15/2011 4:55:53 AM PST by b9
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To: MinorityRepublican
US marriages slump to record low

Ever been married to an American woman? Donning flame retardant gear.....

67 posted on 12/15/2011 4:59:19 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I think this has more to do with economic reasons rather than the economy.


68 posted on 12/15/2011 4:59:40 AM PST by Tribune7 (Say No To O)
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To: MinorityRepublican
FINALLY....the kids in America are starting to get it!!

Perhaps they have observed close hand the mental, physical, and financial ruin to which the the male in a divorce is subjected by the biased courts of this land?

Perhaps they've observed the "ripple effect" of such ruin on children associated with such a situation?

Perhaps they have observed first hand the "remaining together" of couples that obviously should have been apart long ago save for the cited effects divorce would have on the male side of the union?

Whatever the reason....until sanity and fair play return to the liberal, biased judicial system....I say: Good on ya, kids!

69 posted on 12/15/2011 5:02:29 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: goron
The pill took away nature's restraint on women and relieved men too

When that was not enough we just resorted to killing the nuisance(s)

Women's Rights was for less attractive women.

Women who had men always had preference.

End result...Western Family is dying.

Young folks today are as brainwashed over this as they are homosexuality, race and religious relativism

70 posted on 12/15/2011 6:47:58 AM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: Niuhuru

“These days decent women can’t win.”

They will when enough of them decide to fight the system that makes marriage such a losing deal for men; they bear ALL of the risk. Since that lopsided arrangement favors women, I don’t see them seeking to change it; since they won’t seek to change it, they’ll be lucky to have kids out of wedlock rather than pets as a “family”.


71 posted on 12/15/2011 10:41:00 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: goron

Don’t know if the rest of your “facts” are gibberish as well, but I was married for 15 years and ended alimony after ten. Probably could have shortened the ten if I tried.


72 posted on 12/15/2011 3:23:33 PM PST by newbie 10-21-00
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To: newbie 10-21-00

In California that is


73 posted on 12/15/2011 3:43:48 PM PST by newbie 10-21-00
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To: wardaddy

Young folks today are as brainwashed over this as they are homosexuality, race and religious relativism


We’ve lost them...a few get it..but few nonetheless.


74 posted on 12/15/2011 4:15:33 PM PST by chasio649 (Stop looking for heroes.)
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To: newbie 10-21-00

Who ended your 10 year alimony payments newbie 10-21-00; you or the court? Some call it ‘vaginamony’, but I will be respectful and not explain that term. What makes men the financial slaves after divorce still in 2011 when women statistically make more money than men now, and are employed at a higher rate? Are men just servants now to feminist whim? It is absolutely no wonder at all that men are opting out of the institution of financial slavery known as ‘marriage’. The milk is free, thus the cost of the cow should now be greatly reduced.


75 posted on 12/15/2011 7:50:09 PM PST by goron (communism)
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To: NorthStarStateConservative
The left has turned marriage into a wealth transfer program rather than a declaration of love.

Many Republicans have been compicit in that.

76 posted on 01/02/2012 6:51:38 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: newbie 10-21-00
I was married for 15 years and ended alimony after ten

So you paid your ex-wife for ten years after she divorced you.

This is one of the main reasons women divorce: they get the milk (money) without buying the cow (staying married).

77 posted on 01/02/2012 6:54:55 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: goron
Actually blaming “the pill” might not be far from the truth.

PMS 31 days every month = feminists.

78 posted on 01/02/2012 6:56:50 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: traditional1
Men have won as a result

Women kill the children of men via abortion.

If a child is born, the child's father is very likely to get minimal parenting time within the marriage due to counterproductive 'roles', and even less time in divorce and never-married situations.

There is ZERO "winning" for men in what you describe.

79 posted on 01/02/2012 7:00:39 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: DNA.2012
This is one of the main reasons women divorce: they get the milk (money) without buying the cow (staying married).

Pretty good deal, huh? That's why American women are taking advantage of the system. All thanks to feminists. In the meantime, we do not have to get into financial bondage. My older brother is happily married to a Mexican lady. So offsourcing isn't bad! LOL!

80 posted on 01/02/2012 7:03:00 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: DNA.2012
"There is ZERO "winning" for men in what you describe."

In terms of 'easy' women; men have won, BIG TIME....that's the point here.

81 posted on 01/02/2012 7:32:21 PM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: traditional1

Most men are not looking for a life of endless wandering from one superficial and insubstantial liason to another.

That is the real point.


82 posted on 01/03/2012 12:14:19 AM PST by DNA.2012
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