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The real reason for the decline in marriage isn’t loose morals – it’s worsening economic conditions. The well-paying jobs that men could get at lower levels of education have eroded away, as have the unions that fought for and protected those wages. Although women have gained more equality in the workplace and at home, many retain traditional ideas about not “marrying down”, which for highly educated women may include not marrying men with lower levels of education or excessive student loans they can’t quickly pay off. For less educated women, that includes the many unemployed or underemployed men without a college education.
marriage  america 
october 2017 by JohnDrake
Blue Nile’s Sales Hit by June Drop-Off | JCK
Are less people getting engaged causing more problems for jewelry than the industry acknowledges? / U.S. engagement net sales fell 4.4 percent to $62.6 million, compared to $65.5 million last year, due in part to a lower average sales price. Sales did rise in terms of units.

U.S. nonengagement net sales for the second quarter of 2016 increased 5.9 percent to $30.4 million, compared to last year’s $28.7 million. Its wedding-band business saw double-digit unit growth. Sales of diamond jewelry grew, while fashion jewelry posted a small decline.
jewelry  marriage 
august 2016 by JohnDrake
The "decline" of marriage isn't a problem - Vox
But to explain a social crisis, you first have to establish that a crisis is occurring. There is no major dimension on which American children are doing worse in 2015 than they were in 1975. That should be a huge giveaway that the decline of marriage is a consequence of something good — prosperity, especially for women — rather than a cause or a consequence of something bad.
march 2015 by JohnDrake
Gender And Alcohol: Men Drink More After Divorce, Women While Married
Do men drink less because their wives nag them? Do men drink less because their wives get to the good booze first?

Neither. Married women drink more than they did while single but still less than men so married men drink less to match that.
marriage  men  women  alcohol  health 
august 2012 by JohnDrake
Meta-Analysis: Marriage And Childbirth Make You Miserable (Unless You Read This)
And so the well-being dive after marriage is, in fact, a return to the level you were at before the pre-wedding bliss period, when bluebirds draped you in garlands and the forest creatures were your bestest friends. Similar is true of divorce: well-being is so terribly low in the period just before a divorce that after the event itself, the well-being boost brings you back to your baseline – where you were at before all the badness started.
march 2012 by JohnDrake
U.S. rate of interracial marriage hits record high -
Interracial marriage in the USA reached an all-time high in 2010: 8.4% of all marriages, compared with 3.2% in 1980, finds a Pew Research Center study, released today, that analyzes unions between spouses of different races or ethnic groups.
february 2012 by JohnDrake
Interracial marriage gaining acceptance -
greater numbers today are "marrying out," meaning outside of their race. The percentage was 14.6% in 2008, up from 6.7% in 1980, according to a new analysis of Census data by researchers at Ohio State University and Cornell University. The data include only married couples, not the growing segment of unmarried cohabiters; experts expect the intermarriage trend to continue as some of those mixed-race couples head to the altar. An estimated 4.5 million married couples in the USA are interracial, according to 2011 Census data released last week from the Current Population Survey.

A USA TODAY/Gallup poll released in September found that 86% of Americans approve of black-white marriages, compared with 48% in 1991. Among ages 18-37, 97% approved.
america  marriage  love 
november 2011 by JohnDrake
Daily Number: For Millennials, Parenthood Trumps Marriage - Pew Research Center
52% of Millennials (ages 18-to-29) say being a good parent is "one of the most important things" in life. Just 30% say the same about having a successful marriage, producing a 22 percentage point gap in the way Millennials value parenthood over marriage.
marriage  geny  parenting 
november 2011 by JohnDrake
37% of Married People Say They've Digitally Snooped on Their Spouses, 59% of parents track kid locations
About 33% of respondents admitted to checking a significant other’s email or call history without their partner’s knowledge at least once. Married couples were even more likely to snoop, with 37% of married respondents admitting the same.

Parents, however, were the worst online snoopers. Thirty-nine percent of mothers and 36% of fathers said they had done some digital snooping (across the board, women were more likely to admit to snooping than men). The majority of parents, 59%, also said that tracking their children’s location with a cell phone service or other device wouldn’t be a problem.
marriage  parenting  onlinehabits  trust 
july 2011 by JohnDrake
Modern-Marriage Report: Not as Necessary Yet Still Desired - TIME
In 1960, the year before Princess Diana, William's mother, was born, nearly 70% of American adults were married; now only about half are. Eight times as many children are born out of wedlock. Back then, two-thirds of 20-somethings were married; in 2008 just 26% were. And college graduates are now far more likely to marry (64%) than those with no higher education (48%).
january 2011 by JohnDrake

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