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“So as there’s rising divorce rates, you can imagine how when the next generation appears, people will be more dubious about marriage.” And just as divorce has put Generation Y off marriage, cohabitation—living with a partner without marrying them—has become more socially acceptable.
Cohabitation has dramatically increased in the past 50 years.
A 9am to 5pm working day is now little more than a fantasy, with millennials so grateful to secure a job in today’s economic climate that evening work and Saturday shifts are common.
“Technology allows a blurring of lines between work and leisure time for lots of people.
It’s difficult to leave the office behind,” says Bob Duffy from Ipsos Mori.
Although the very eldest members of the generation are in their early 30s, most are still in their 20s.
But even among first time marriages there’s been a steady increase in the average age of those joining together in matrimony.
People are waiting longer to get married and so more single twentysomethings in Generation Y will go on to marry in their 30s than in previous generations.
The fastest growing group will be those who remain single, and analysis by the Marriage Foundation, using the latest Office for National Statistics data, suggests that only half of today’s 20-year-olds will ever marry—52% of men and 53% of women. Generation Y have graduated from university and started work in some of the most challenging economic conditions for decades.
Bobby Duffy, who is leading Ipsos Mori’s work on generational analysis, says there are far more pressures on millennials than previous generations.
“Practical constraints on getting married are stronger now than for previous generations,” says Mr Duffy.