Sure -- there have been more break-ups in Hollywood than any teen soap lately... And it seems that less people are rushing to the altar (although I will personally be attending a slew of weddings this summer)... Which may make you wonder whether the institution has become a joke. But, does that mean it's worth giving up on marriage altogether?
Many hopeless romantics would say no. And, if you'd asked me 20 years ago what I wanted when I grew up, marriage -- on top of some fancy, important job -- would have been at the very top of the list. Fast forward to the present, and now there are a million other things that seem more interesting. Traveling more, spending time with the pup and my guy, Sav, and of course growing my career.
Sure, this is no surprise (and may even be true for some of you) but it looks like a poll of more than 3,000 women revealed the same thing in May's issue of Glamour Magazine -- marriage isn't quite the cat's meow anymore. Major findings?
Out with the old! Marriage is being considered a thing of the past:
- Women think marriage is out, more so than men: 51 percent of women under 30 - and 46% of women overall - say the institution is becoming outdated. Men are more traditional, a full 58% believe the institution is timeless.
- Single is A-OK! Nearly one in three women in our survey says she’d feel fine going through the rest of her life single.
- Divorce? No problem! 59 percent of women say divorce is healthy if two people fall out of love.
Cheating isn’t a deal breaker:
- Only 36% of women ages 19 to 29 would divorce their husband if he strayed even once –and more than a quarter overall say that sex outside marriage doesn’t have to ruin a relationship. Again, men are more traditional, 42% of men in their twenties would divorce if a partner cheated just once.
And kids? No problem there, either:
- 53% of babies delivered by women under 30 are born out of wedlock.
But despite it all, people want to get married:
- 92 percent of those surveyed said they want to get married someday and 87% hope theirs will last forever.
- 44 percent of women in our poll say: Yes, the hoopla [of all the drama surrounding celebrity splits] is fueling the divorce rate.
What it comes down to is that sure marriage isn't quite the only option -- but people still believe in "forever after"... Even if it does look a little differently.
So essentially the marriage model is an option for most -- not mandatory. Definitely a flip from how it used to be, huh?