Oh, millennials. They have quite the reputation, don’t they? There are many things that can be said about the “me” generation, but are they all negative? Even if you don’t want to believe it, millennials have a serious impact on the ways things work around here nowadays, including marriage.
First off, millennials are getting married much later in life than generations before them. Although there has been some buzz contrary to this statement, research proves otherwise. According to a 2014 Urban Institute study, more than 30% of American millennial women remain unmarried by the age of 40. Those numbers are almost twice of their Generation X counterparts.
Also found in this study was that by March of 2014, only 26% of 18-to-33-year-olds were married, when 36% of Gen X and 48% of Baby Boomers were married during that same age range. There are several schools of thought behind the reason for this. Marriage is less important to them, divorce affected them greatly as children, or a focus shift to career goals over marriage. There is also something to be said about the acceptance of couples living together before the wedding bells. None of these reasons have been backed by research, however.
Although fewer millennials are married than their older counterparts, they seem to be having happier marriages. This can only be assumed by the steadily decreasing divorce rate in the United States. Another argument for this claim is that millennials are actually taking more romantic vacations. According to an AARP survey, in 2016 alone, 24% of millennials planned to go on a romantic getaway. Romantic getaways offer romance, intimacy, and a re-connection for any couple’s relationship.
Last but not least, millennials are changing the proposal game as well. Not only do four in five millennials believe in responsibly sourcing jewelry, but some are even making their proposals a bit more fruity. Avocado proposals are now trending on social media. You heard that right. Millennials are using avocados instead of traditional ring boxes when they pop the question. One can say this is seriously “extra,” as this fruit can brown after just 10 minutes.
You can say what you want about millennials. They are changing the world as we know it, whether it’s for better or for worse.