Millennials are staying married; thus divorce rate plummets

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Good news the future’s children! New data shows that millennials are returning to more traditional marriage patterns, staying married longer and thus causing the divorce rate to plummet.

New data show younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on. Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers and finances are on track. The result is a U.S. divorce rate that dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen.

…the divorce rate’s decline isn’t a reflection of a decline in marriages. Rather, it’s evidence that marriages today have a greater chance of lasting than marriages did ten years ago. “The change among young people is particularly striking,” Susan Brown, a sociology professor at Bowling Green State University, said of Cohen’s results. “The characteristics of young married couples today signal a sustained decline [in divorce rates] in the coming years.”

The news is not all good. The drop in the divorce rate is partly there because of the non-stop behavior of baby boomers to get divorced, repeatedly. Their behavior warps the stats, and makes a mediocre marriage stat by Millennials appear better than it is. Nonetheless, the change in behavior between these two generations is a very good sign. And it will be an especially good thing for the innocent children that result from these more stable marriages, which in turn will be better for society as a whole. One of the reasons American culture has become more crude and unstable in the past few decades is strongly linked to the raising of children in broken homes. Give children a stable home and numerous studies have found they will grow up more stable and mature, and thus help make society itself more stable.



  • BSJ

    Yep, The world will indeed be a better place when Baby Boomers stop running things…

  • Jason Hillyer

    Your analysis is very accurate, so I am slightly reassured by this study.

  • Phill O

    Other factors include fewer marriages as people shackup. Thus, the ones getting married have a more “wholesome” view of it and are able to give a deeper commitment.

    One of my nephews (aboriginal has over six kids by as many mothers. The ones who are worst equipped to rear kids are the ones having the most. I will not go into further details of my nieces choices, but optimism is not there! Sorry.

    So, there is a long way to go for the current society to rebound to something more stable.

  • t-dub

    Comparing the two generations is apples and oranges. Boomers have been alive much longer and maintaining a relationship over long periods of time can be extremely difficult. Over long periods of time people change, love fades, sickness and disability can occur, finances can change. Just look at the divorce rate for disabled individuals as an example.

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