In previous years, there has been a sudden decline in the institution of marriage.
Majority of the said countries belong in the west, with a few exceptions such as Japan. Recent studies have shown that women up to the age of forty choose to stay single or are unwed altogether, contributing to marriage decline across countries.
For the first time in America’s history, couples are choosing to live outside of marriage. If they are married, the divorce rate is high as they want their single status back.
A century or so ago, unwed mothers were considered a laughing stock for the community. They were outcasts. But nowadays, people show more support and care for unwed mothers, especially more if they are single.
Why the fight or flight mode?
Now, the question arises, why’s there such a taboo on marriage these days?
People, nowadays, are simply not willing to put into the effort. The personal freedom, self-realization, and self-actualization have its hook much too deep in the people to care and sacrifice for their loved ones.
The need to stay in control is so overwhelming that couples prefer to break up the relationship or stay unmarried just so they can bolt at any given time, thereby, leading to a worldwide decline in marriages.
The new generation has been worked up to live in control and alone. They are trained to run away from longtime commitments and responsibilities. If they are unwilling to marry, then they will obviously be unwilling to bear children.
One can have the ‘so what’ attitude to this question. After all, getting married or not is a personal choice.
However, one should remember that the decline in marriage results in less amount of children because single people do not want any kind of responsibility and a child would be a huge one.
Being a single parent is no piece of cake.
Therefore, the decline in the rate of marriage can seriously hamper a country’s future generation.
Factors affecting the decline in the institution of marriage
There are a number of factors that can and does affect the decline in the institution of marriage. A handful of them are listed below –
1. An important factor can be economical
In the twenty-first century, women no longer rely on their partners/ husbands to care for them. With this realization came the freedom to work on your own and not having the need to endure any disrespect.
2. The expectations from patriarchy cannot be avoided
Though the female community has accepted and adapted to the rules and regulations of the twenty-first century, the male community still has a lot of catching up to do.
They still have a lot of age-old expectations from their better half which is impractical at best during this day and age.
3. Couples can live together without being married
This point cannot be avoided that the decrease in marriage has come because the couples can live together without being married.
There was a time when living together out of marriage was not a possibility.
Because of this reason, couples used to get married the first chance they got. And because the family gets involved and the ticket out – divorce – is not as easy as a breakup is, couples used to ride out the waves and wait through difficult times.
It can be, therefore, said that with more freedom, more ease, the decline of marriage has arisen.
In a nutshell
Despite all that is going downhill, there is still a large majority of people who prefer to get married. The satisfaction and sense of completeness that it brings are unmatched.
It is the most intimate and fulfilling relationship that one could ever hope to have. Inspite of a steady decline in marriages, most couples are willing to take the vow and say ‘I do!’