By Casey Reichanadter
According to Time magazine, over 40% of Americans polled believe that marriage is obsolete. On the surface, this makes sense as our society changes. There is an increased acceptance of co-habitation, and various forms of civil unions grant many couples legal rights similar to their married counter-parts. Women are more educated, make more money, and are less reliant on a man as the sole supporter.
Yet there is a large disconnect between what Americans predict for the future of institutional marriage and their own personal lives. Of those polled under the age of 30, 44% believe that marriage will soon be extinct. However, nearly all of them still want to get married (nearly 95%).
There is a basic, primal desire to live in pairs till death do us part. You see this behavior in the animal kingdom, from penguins to tigers. Even termites mate for life! With 70% of Americans trying marriage at least once and younger generations still willing to give it a shot, marriage won’t be on the endangered list any time soon.