Half of today’s 20-year-olds will never marry, striking research reveals. Instead, couples are increasingly choosing to cohabit without ever deciding to commit.The leading comment says:
A report published today using the latest data from the Office for National Statistics reveals a generational shift away from the institution of marriage, with youngsters far less likely ever to wed than their parents and grandparents.
The research by the Marriage Foundation shows that, for a variety of reasons, 47 per cent of women and 48 per cent of men aged 20 will never marry.
The baby boomer generation – born between the end of the Second World War and the early 1960s – has maintained a healthy level of marriage, with 87 per cent of men and 92 per cent of women having married at some stage.
But subsequent generations are facing a sharp decline in marriage rates.
Half of 40-year-olds today are already married, but they are not expected to reach the levels set by their parents.
The main reason in my opinion is that the State has replaced the man as the provider for the woman. She can get all her material needs met by the welfare state, so there is really no need for her to get married for that reason, which used to be a major incentive in the past. So now men are still supporting women, but it is all men supporting all women through their taxes, rather than one man supporting one woman (and family) from the fruits of his labor. This has allowed women to "follow their desires" and with all their material needs met, their desire is not to settle down with one man. Changing tax incentives will have zero results. The only thing that will change it is ending the welfare state as we know it, which ain't gonna happen any time soon. So expect this trend to accelerate.