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Almost Half of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage, Signaling Cultural Shift

Almost Half of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage, Signaling Cultural Shift

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  • One way to read this is “what’s so broken with marriage that people are delaying or opting for alternatives?” Yes, it is true that some of this is driven by differing acceptance of kids out of wedlock but if you dig into the data, people still want to get married. They just aren’t. That’s the real story to me.

  • So does this mean more people are more worried about getting married than they are about having a baby? It’s an interesting thought, I personally know a few people that are getting to an age where pregnancy is more difficult so they have thought about doing it alone. And then on the other hand a lot

    So does this mean more people are more worried about getting married than they are about having a baby? It’s an interesting thought, I personally know a few people that are getting to an age where pregnancy is more difficult so they have thought about doing it alone. And then on the other hand a lot of my friends are choosing not to have children. Times are definitely changing.

  • These long-term demographic shifts offer a window into evolving culture that polls rarely capture.

  • Best line: John Snow most popular name. And people say TV shows don’t matter. I just met an Alexis thanks to Dynasty.

  • To a Michael , how is this the Democrat’s fault?

  • Simple: unbelievably warped divorce laws. Every person I know (primarily men) that have been divorced have been financially ruined/trapped. You have to split all assets, but although you are no longer married the other spouse gets the luxury of financial benefit from you for many many years of alimony

    Simple: unbelievably warped divorce laws. Every person I know (primarily men) that have been divorced have been financially ruined/trapped. You have to split all assets, but although you are no longer married the other spouse gets the luxury of financial benefit from you for many many years of alimony that can be 40% of your income. Why? You are financially held hostage to your ex spouse to support them. It creates a wonderful incentive to get divorced vs working it out. It also prevents woman from getting remarried as they lose their alimony if they do!

    Marriage has been ruined. The lawyers get involved where the more conflict they can encourage the longer and more money they can charge. This leaves us wondering why we would ever want to get married again and certainly not advise it. Just date and don’t live together is what this drives the culture to do.

  • I can’t imagine trying to raise a child alone. I guess the real question is, how many children have two active parents in their lives. You really do need both a mother role and father role present in a child’s life from birth through high school and beyond. Anyone who doesn’t have this is unfortunate IMO...

  • Irresponsible insemination.

    Usually at least one of the parents who is irresponsible enough to give in to the impulsIve pleasure of unprotected sex outside marriage is prone to give up raising children. Ironically, the more our society develops social support for single mothers, the bolder those frivolous

    Irresponsible insemination.

    Usually at least one of the parents who is irresponsible enough to give in to the impulsIve pleasure of unprotected sex outside marriage is prone to give up raising children. Ironically, the more our society develops social support for single mothers, the bolder those frivolous douche bags will get.

    If many Caucasian choose not to have kids, the global demographic will be changed in coming decades with rapidly reproducing Asian.

  • The numbers haven’t changed in 50 years!

  • If marriage system doesn’t work for some of us, we have to seek better way for them.

    I believe in love in anyway. You should not be too pessimistic when they challenge the new way.

    Yes, we should care about single parents and neglected children but as a whole, I would like to support the new challenge.