What Makes A Man Want To Marry One Woman And Not Another Pdf
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The decision to get married or to move in with a partner is a personal one, but for most married and cohabiting adults, love and companionship trump other considerations, such as the desire to have children someday, convenience or finances. When asked why they are not currently engaged or married to their partner, many cite financial reasons. Making a formal commitment is seen as a more important factor by married adults who did not live with their spouse before marriage. More practical reasons come into play to a greater degree for cohabiting adults than for those who are married.
About four-in-ten Americans think that marriage is on the rocks. No, not their marriage. The institution of marriage. Does this trend line lead inevitably to obsolescence? For example, most Americans now embrace the ideal of gender equality between spouses. Two-thirds of survey respondents say this about men, while just one-third say it about women. But comes now another wrinkle.
Unmarried adults order the reasons the same way when asked to evaluate why they would consider getting married. The institution thrived as an efficient way to divide labor, allocate resources, propagate the species and ensure that someone will take care of you when you get old. Only in recent centuries have love and mutual self-fulfillment come to occupy center stage in the grand marital bargain. During this same period, the income gap between the well-educated and the less-educated—and between the rich and poor—also widened substantially.
But the survey also finds that the less education and income people have, the more likely they are to say that in order to be a good marriage prospect, a person must be able to support a family financially. Not all of the survey findings are harbingers of gloom and doom for the institution of marriage. Even among those who are not currently married, getting hitched continues to have appeal. However, among those who believe it does make a difference, most say that being married is better.
Similar patterns emerge for having a fulfilling sexual life, finding happiness and having social status. Finally, a classic question about love was posed in the survey: Do you agree or disagree that there is only one true love for each person? The remainder of this chapter examines all of these questions in depth and explores the demographic patterns in attitudes and behaviors related to marriage.
Nonetheless, this finding needs to be interpreted with caution. In addition, respondents who doubt the durability of marriage appear to include a mix of those who are comfortable with the change and those who are troubled by it.
All of these groups are less likely than their demographic opposites older, white, college educated, higher income to be married—and thus their judgments could well be shaped to some degree by their life experiences.
They are also the most likely of the three ideology groups to say that the growing variety in family arrangements is a bad thing. When it comes to attitudes about how spouses should divide responsibilities, social norms have changed. No major subgroup of survey respondents favors the older model, but some are more disposed that way than others. Indeed, when it comes to evaluating the earning power of future mates, the public still has one standard for prospective husbands and a different one for future wives.
There are some differences by gender in these responses, but they do not alter the basic pattern. There are larger differences on this question by race. In short, blacks are the racial group most inclined to consider financial security a prerequisite to marriage. But, owing to their relatively low median income, many blacks do not meet that bar. The rates of marriage in the black community reflect this mismatch. The racial marriage gap did not used to be this wide.
A similar pattern applies to education and marriage. Nearly three-quarters or more say each of these traits is very important to being a good spouse or partner. The public has very different evaluations for husbands and wives when it comes to providing a good income. Of all the traits tested, being good at household chores ranks among the lowest in importance. Men and women largely agree on the most important qualities in a spouse, be it male or female.
But there are significant differences by race. For example, blacks and Hispanics are roughly twice as likely as whites to say it is very important that a spouse be it a man or a woman be well educated, be good at household chores and provide a good income at least for a woman. Minorities are also more inclined than whites to say it is very important that a spouse be a good sexual partner, and blacks are slightly more likely to say it is very important for a spouse to be a good parent. On the list of qualities for a good wife, people with less education are more likely than others to say it is important that she put her family before anything else, be good at household chores and provide a good income.
There are differences by income, education, race, gender and family status in many of these evaluations. Race and ethnicity also play a role in what people value in a marriage. Whites and Hispanics are somewhat more likely than blacks to say love is a very important reason to get married. Eight-in-ten divorcees think making a lifelong commitment is a very important reason to get married, compared with about seven-in-ten in the other two groups.
Men and women differ only slightly in these evaluations. Among the minority who say marital status does make a difference, most think being married is preferable for all realms, except for getting ahead in a career. There are some gender differences in views on these questions. Note that except for raising a family, the differences cited here are based on the views held by a minority of each gender. The majority of both men and women say there is no difference between being married or single in most of the realms tested.
Marital experience also makes a difference in these judgments. People who are currently married or who have ever been married say it is easier for a married person in five of the six realms tested.
Other differences are minimal. Age The advantages of being married versus being single are viewed somewhat differently by people of different ages, especially in three areas: getting ahead in a career, having social status and having a fulfilling sex life. Younger people are more likely to say these aspirations are easier to fulfill for a single person, while older people are more likely to say it is easier for a married person to achieve these goals.
But these shares change markedly depending on the circumstances of the unmarried. Having children makes a difference, too. Regardless of whether they are divorced or widowed, men are more likely than women to say that they want to get married again. The youngest generation has the strongest desire to marry, a reflection of their stage in the life cycle. There are no significant gender differences in marriage intention among the Millennial generation to year-olds.
Geographic region matters to marriage intention. Human beings have been known on occasion to view the past through rose-colored glasses. But this survey found no tendencies of that sort when respondents were asked to compare their own relationship with that of their parents.
The declining share of Americans who are currently married is fueled in large part by two big trends: the rise in the median age of first marriage and the increased prevalence of divorce. While the spike in divorce is commonly associated with the turbulent decades of the s and s, divorce rates in this country rose more or less steadily from to This trend was reversed only temporarily during the s. Then after , divorce rates rose sharply. The reasons for the sharp increase in the divorce rate in the s and s have been the source of great debate.
One standard approach is to look at the number of divorces per 1, people. Using this measure, some of the falloff in divorce from to the present reflects the simultaneous decline in marriage.
Another way to look at divorce is as a share of marriages. And yet another way is to look at the likelihood of divorce by age cohort.
Using either of these measures, we see an increase in the rate of divorce beginning in and a decline in the number of divorces from onward. Divorce is never a happy option, but most Americans believe it is sometimes the only answer. An even bigger majority said divorce is sometimes the best solution when children are involved. Do everyday Americans agree? These responses correlate both with age and marriage. About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.
It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Home U. Main More. The Upsides of Marriage Not all of the survey findings are harbingers of gloom and doom for the institution of marriage.
Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete? Gender Roles; Family Finances When it comes to attitudes about how spouses should divide responsibilities, social norms have changed. Race and Marriage There are larger differences on this question by race. What Makes a Good Partner? Married or Single — Which Is Better? To Marry or Not to Marry? Divorce The declining share of Americans who are currently married is fueled in large part by two big trends: the rise in the median age of first marriage and the increased prevalence of divorce.
Only One True Love? Views about one true love do not correlate with marital status or with age. Pages Popular on pew research. Defining generations: Where Millennials end and Generation Z begins. Quiz: Are you a Core Conservative? A Solid Liberal? Or somewhere in between? Research Areas.
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Marriage is a social institution as old as the human race itself. It may be defined as a relation between a man and a woman which is recognised by custom or law and involves certain rights and duties, both in the case of the parties entering the Union, and in case of the children born of it. Marriage has thus two main functions to perform: it is the means adopted by human society for regulating relations between the sexes; and it furnishes the mechanism by means of which the relations of a child to the community is determined. The rites and ceremonies of marriage have been different with different peoples and in different ages. It always implies the right of sexual intercourse as allowed and recognised by society and the duties of the parents in bringing up children. Islam recognises this institution and accepts it as the basis of human society after purging it of all those evils which had penetrated it. Firstly, Islam does not regard it as a union only for the gratification of sexual lost, but a social contract with wide and varied responsibilities and duties.
About four-in-ten Americans think that marriage is on the rocks. No, not their marriage. The institution of marriage. Does this trend line lead inevitably to obsolescence? For example, most Americans now embrace the ideal of gender equality between spouses.
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I know of no Medicine fit to diminish the violent natural Inclinations you mention; and if I did, I think I should not communicate it to you. Marriage is the proper Remedy. It is the most natural State of Man, and therefore the State in which you are most likely to find solid Happiness.
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Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Marriage is the demographic event most often used to estimate the time when regular sexual relations begin. In "natural fertility" populations, age at marriage is often a reliable determinant of when childbearing begins and of the number of children a woman will bear. But, although it may hold elsewhere, this relationship is quite tenuous in sub-Saharan Africa, in both rural and urban settings see also Gyepi-Garbrah, a.