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Magazine Readers Find Marriage to Be Obsolete, Says Study

According to the Huffington Post, Time Magazine asked its readers if they believe marriage to be obsolete – the question was first asked thirty-two years ago. In conjunction with the Pew Research Center, the magazine posed the same question recently and published the results. Nearly forty percent of those surveyed said they do find marriage to be obsolete. Meaning, over ten percent of people since 1978 have found marriage to lose its meaning.

So what does such a feeling bring? According to Time, Americans have changed what defines family. We are more willing to accept unorthodox family units like cohabitation. Nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never married. Having children out of wedlock is no longer taboo – it’s more popular than marriage.

Those surveyed said that the growing variety of family arrangements have no effect to society overall. A professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, Andrew Cherlin, said that a child living with unmarried parents has a lower chance that his family will disrupt than a child living with married parents. In light of this information, it is no surprise that more Americans found marriage to be obsolete, some just may be afraid of divorce.

The Census Bureau incorporated broader definitions of family when measuring poverty. The decision was brought on by statistics that more children live with unmarried couples and more unmarried couples live together. About 29% of children under 18 live with an unwed or no longer married parent, which is a fivefold increase from 1960.

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