Another week, another story on millennials comes out. This time we have one about millennial attitudes towards marriage. According to a new Pew study, about 70% of my peers think that “Society is just as well off if people have priorities other than marriage and children.” as opposed to about 30 % who think that “Society is better off if people make marriage and having children a priority.”
But as Emma Green over at the Atlantic points out, “Looking at this chart is a little like taking a Rorschach inkblot test on the topic of ‘American values: You could see a lot of different things, if you wanted.”
For instance, this could easily be read as a blaring alarm sign-posting the grim future of marriage in America. Still, given that 75% of millenials in a 2013 Gallup poll that they’d like to get married in the future, it could be something much more benign like a “not quite yet”, which would make sense given the way average marriage ages are creeping higher each year.
I say a lot more about this over at Christ and Pop Culture.
Soli Deo Gloria
I read your article on Christ and Pop Culture. It was a wise and balanced take on a tricky subject. There have been many articles written over the last eighteen months about the Millennial Generation. Some of the secular posts have been as alarmed or more so than the Evangelical responses. Either way, the Millennials have attracted the attention of their forbears. All eyes are on them as the saying goes.
Personally, I am on the tail end of the previous generation (Gen-X). We haven’t been marrying in droves during our late 20s or early 30s. In my opinion, I think the trend of marrying later began with the Gen-Xers. It seems to have gone undetected, which is not the case with Millennials. That is my two cents worth. 🙂