Thursday, April 15, 2010
A new survey sheds some light on contemporary attitudes about marriage and divorce:
Children of the "divorce generation" have kept faith in marriage, a survey has claimed, with most hoping to walk down the aisle in the mid-20s.
The Marriage and Wedding Survey, commissioned by More magazine, found that more than 80% of young women with separated parents still dream of getting married, although almost four in 10 over the age of 26 fear being "left on the shelf".
While divorce rates continue to soar, 78% said they thought marriage was the "ultimate commitment" - beyond even buying a house or having a baby with their partner.
Most women said they wanted to be married at 26 and pregnant by 27 - a significant turnaround on 10 years ago when the majority wanted to delay marriage until their 30s.
"Young women's attitudes towards the age they marry are coming full circle - only 15% of young women now think '30 or over' is the best age to marry and only 27% think it's best to have a first child 'after 30'," a survey spokesman said.
"Times are changing fast. Just 10 years ago, young women were saying the opposite."
Read more here.