If we want to see marriage survive, we need to encourage some new attitudes.
A Bloomberg article raises the question of how will marriage survive the next generation. It claim’s millennials are “killing marriage.”
There’s no shortage of theories as to how and why today’s young people differ from their parents.
As marketing consultants never cease to point out, baby boomers and millennials appear to have starkly different attitudes about pretty much everything, from money and sports to breakfast and lunch.
New research tries to ground those observations in solid data. The National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University set out to compare 25- to 34-year-olds in 1980—baby boomers—with the same age group today. Researcher Lydia Anderson compared U.S. Census data from 1980 with the most recent American Community Survey 1 data in 2015.
The results reveal some stark differences in how young Americans are living today, compared with three or four decades ago.
I suspect that some of these stark differences became greater in the last decade, due to the financial crisis.
What are these differences?
One difference is that two thirds of people from ages twenty-five to thirty-four were married in 1980. Now only half of them are.
The writer links this to the next difference: their living situation. That age group is twice as likely to still live at home rather that live on their own. They may be living at home because they have no aspiration to get married. But they also may be delaying marriage because they can’t afford to move out.
Indeed, a lot more people in the age demographic were homeowners with children in 1980.
At this point, the Bloomberg writer gets somewhat delusional.
It’s easy to look at these figures and say millennials are lagging behind their boomer parents. However, even as young Americans delay marriage, kids, and homeownership, they’re ahead of their parents by one measure: education.
He means college education, of course. Fewer than half in the twenty-five to thirty-four age bracket had started college in 1980. Two thirds of millennials have done so.
But that may be part of the problem. College was a lot more affordable in 1980. Student debt has become a huge burden on millennials. It may be directly related to why they are more likely to live with their parents and remain single.
So now a state school has made itself even more useless. Students will not get a better education. No matter what a person’s race is, no one is going to become a better engineer, or computer programmer, or doctor by completing three hours of a “diversity intensive” course.
These courses are notorious for being platforms for attacking the conservative values of students and pushing a Marxist agenda. When these courses were elective, conservatives could decide to avoid them and prevent a great deal of suffering. But now such courses are required at Mizzou. The students that refuse to be brainwashed will be made to feel very uncomfortable.
All this is adding up to a demographic and cultural disaster!