People are marrying later and later, many never at all. If you have been paying attention to the popular media, it is no wonder that many are delaying or forgoing marriage. Marital woes are the subject of television programs every day; relationship help books fill endless shelves in bookstores. If you ask the willfully single why they haven’t tied the knot, you will get a variety of reasons. However, the following three are the most common.
Career Comes First
An increasing number of modern women are focused on their careers, leaving no room for the social activities and intensive search needed to find husband material. While this may sound tragic to people who are happily married, many career women do this by choice. There is always time to find a man later; when you are building a career it is easier to focus on that and enjoy the occasional boyfriend or girl’s night out. It’s okay to concentrate on one major life goal at a time.
They’re Waiting for the Mr. Right
You are accomplished, attractive, and fun to be around. Shouldn’t your husband be as well? Modern women can support themselves and don’t need to settle for Mr. Merely Okay. Many have long lists of qualifications and are willing to stay single rather than getting hitched to the wrong person. There is nothing wrong with being picky about a life partner. However, for many people this means a long wait and a lot of time spent sorting through duds. In some cases, Prince Charming never shows up. However, many prefer a single life to one spent with someone who isn’t right.
They Don’t Need a Piece of Paper.
Many people who remain unmarried are hardly single. They are involved in happy relationships and often living with a partner. Weddings are expensive; divorces are even more so and yet frighteningly common. Some people simply don’t feel the need to put a ring on it. If you know your love is real, you might not feel the rush to make it even more official. Your mom is too young for a frumpy mother of the bride dress anyway! While the rate of marriage is decreasing, this may not be a negative societal trend. Building a career, waiting for the right partner, and refusing to marry until it is right are all great reasons to wait. Even if there are fewer people married, the marriages are likely to be stronger if people are waiting for the right reasons.