Does Marriage Matter?

Many people wonder does marriage matter anymore? In 1960, 72% of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51%. If the tally of married couples is a leading indicator, it would appear the value of being married has dropped in the last 60 years. But the question is why?

Between 1960 and 2020 the US population increased by 45% from 181 million to 331. Did this increase in population come with a genetic disposition to remain single? That’s unlikely. According to City journal’s article by Maggie Gallagher, there is much more to gain by remaining married than preventing harm to the children. Her thesis is “Marriage is a powerful creator and sustainer of human and social capital for adults as well as children, about as important as education when it comes to promoting the health, wealth, and well-being of adults and communities.”

I couldn’t agree more. Strong marriages produce a ripple effect of qualified benefits. Better outcomes for children, less crime, financial stability and improved level of the life-satisfaction. Statistics prove men live longer in marriage and child sexual molestation is reduced when both birth parents remain within their home and inside their marriage. 

Too many marriages fail, but there are also too few programs that provide effective intervention. Life is too short to not enjoy it. I encourage you to marry-up!  Have a great married sex life and look for ways to improve your relationship every day. You will not regret it. My answer is yes. Marriage does matter, but it matters first that we make the decision to make it so. 

By Mike Morris

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