Marriage rates among millennials are at horrifyingly low rates. In 1980, two-thirds of 25-to-34 year olds were married. Today, two of out every five people are married. Is marriage becoming a thing of the past, and if so, what is the driving force behind the decline in Americans walking down the aisle?
Millennials have been called a “hookup culture.” In fact, there are various dating apps that make finding a sexual partner–for one night only–as easy as swiping your fingers on your phone. The millennial generation can be described as overly liberal, especially with the amount of support far-left socialist Bernie Sanders recently received from millennial voters. Is it too easy for millennials to live happily with declining standards (based on historical standards) and readily available sex?
Is the “hookup culture” a product of a sexual revolution that began decades ago? Many believe so, and also are convinced that same-sex marriage–among other extremely liberal changes in society–all play a role in having ruined the sanctity of marriage.
As explained by Christian website FamilyLife, “…same-sex marriage is the latest outgrowth of a culture that for decades has been drifting from biblical standards of truth and morality. The sexual revolution, for example, sought to bring legitimacy to sex outside of marriage. The women’s liberation movement worked to revolutionize the roles of men and women in marriage and in our society.”
Whether the internet, the liberalization of the country, or any other factors are playing a role in the destruction of marriage, one thing definitely cannot be denied: marriage rates are down.