Off a cliff

Marriage rates have steadily over the decades fallen off a cliff but we didn't need to see statistical data to know it instinctively. The roles and the rules have changes making the decision to make such a commitment fraught with uncertainty and trepidation. Women finding more economic independence and the relaxing of social convention meant that the choice to not marry was less steeped in stigma. In truth, I don't think things will easily go back to what they were because the inequality is what drove people to stay together in many cases far longer than they should have. The curve below is for England and Wales but it is pretty much universally mirrored.

While I am a great believer in the power of companionship, the only thing that should factor into a decision this significant is something called love and even then one never knows...


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