It’s 2018, and millennials are disrupting everything from American cheese to department stores.
What’s more, millennials are continuing to shake things up with another tradition: marriage. Couples are choosing to get married at an older age, spend more time with their potential partners before tying the not, and more. While these trends stray dramatically from baby boomer marriage traditions, change may be a good thing.
Here’s why new millennial marriage patterns are actually better than those that came before.
Communication Is Key
Millennials are waiting until they’re older to get married, and it’s no mystery as to why.
Back in 1971, the average age of a single woman getting married was 22 years old. For men, it was 24 years old. Now, things are much different.
Today, the average age for a woman to get married is 30, and for men, it is 32. This can be largely attributed to the fact that millennials are willing to put more time and effort into relationships before tying the not. In fact, couples are choosing to date someone for about 17 months before moving into together.
And, most couples are discussing the possibility of marriage before a proposal even takes place.
Baby Steps Vs. Big Commitments
After putting in the 17 months in getting to know their partner, many millennials take the first big step in the relationship and move in together. On average, they’ll spend 22 months living in the same space before considering an engagement.
That’s about 3.25 years spent on the relationship before thinking about marriage. If a couple begins dating in their mid-20s, it’s easy to understand why they’re getting married at a later age.
The Perfect Time To Tie The Knot
After another 20 months of being engaged, most couples marry. And this proves to be a great timeframe, as newlyweds are happier than ever.
In a recent survey of 4,000 people, more than 90 percent said they felt less pressured to marry than their parents’ generation and recommend marriage for a stronger relationship. Not to mention, the current divorce rate is at its lowest level since 1971.
If millennials have one thing down, its marriage.