Nov 18th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
39 percent of Americans have labeled the institution of marriage "obsolete."
The Pew Research Center for Social and Demographic Trends
came to this number after asking 2,691 adults about their attitudes on marriage
. In 1978, Time magazine asked the same question and, at that point, only 28 percent believed marriage was obsolete.
This increase in those who are dismissive of marriage corresponds with the U.S. census data on how many people are getting married. In 1960, 72 percent of adults were hitched, whereas that percentage had fallen to 54 percent in 2010. Also, the average age at which people get married has risen about five years since 1960.
What's caused this decline in reverence for matrimony? We can't help but think marriage-cheapening reality shows, like "The Bachelor," are somewhat responsible.