Marriage Has Become a Trophy
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Marriage - a shift in meaning
For many people, a wedding is no longer the first step into adulthood, but often the last step.
It is a celebration of what two people have already accomplished, unlike the traditional wedding that celebrated what a couple would do in the future.
In 2012, 57 percent of Americans believed it is alright for a couple to live together without intending to get married.
The dominance of marriage may be due to a cultural lag, where attitudes and values change more slowly than the primary material conditions.
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Couples who argue over text; apologize over text; and/or attempt to make decisions over text, are less happy in their relationships.
Not having kids
This isn't to say you can't be happy if you have kids--it's just to understand that it's normal to not feel happy sometimes.
Many couples put pressure on themselves to feel perfectly fulfilled once they have a long-term partnership with children, but the reality of kids is that they're very stressful on relationships.
Having friends that stay married
Research shows you're 75 percent more likely to get divorced if a friend or a close relative has already done the deed.
Attending to the health of one's friends' marriages might serve to support and enhance the durability of one's own relationship.
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