Recent studies conducted in Canada show that almost half of Millennials in relationships don’t believe in marriage. Lack of faith is the leading reason for 40% of women and 50% of men participating in the research.
Other reasons for not marrying included financial situation and high wedding costs, as well as satisfaction with their current situation. Financial reasons were second among male reasons for not considering marriage, with 16.5% of votes, while it was lower on the female list with 10.5%.
Perhaps surprisingly, number two on the list for women was satisfaction with their current arrangement. This was labeled as the main reason for not saying yes for 29.25 of female participants.
However, this isn’t characteristic for Canadian youth only. Worldwide, social studies indicate that marriage rates are steadily dropping, shaping a new concept of family life that has much wider consequences to societies as a whole.
It’s been proven that parents who live unmarried are more likely to separate and that raising kids in these new family structures often lacks stability. Moreover, lack of stability negatively affects children, deepening the problem further.
Some relationship experts and sociologists support what they call a ‘pro-marriage campaign’ culture. Reestablishing values of unity, dedication, and faith are portrayed as key in getting back on track with what they view as healthy family life.