Three reasons that are preventing young people in the USA from getting married today, and it’s not just finances
In the USA, both couples need to work to cover basic living expenses. These include exorbitant insurance premiums, student loans, and mortgages. Having a child can quickly drain finances if only one person is able to work.
1. Student loan
Today, young people in America worry about their financial instability—more than how their parents did in the past. Another burden is the pressure of paying their student loan debt. [Steven Rugles]
Articles about how horrifying, painful, or expensive it is to have a child are not helping. If any, these fearmongers are helping more young people not to get married.
2. Fear of having children
Having a child means putting them into daycare which could average around $500 a week in 2022. That’s a lot of money, and working is counterproductive if one only earns minimum wage.
Interestingly, the average young family was poorer than today. Yet the baby boom was just after the second world war.
3. Climate change
Analysts at Morgan Stanley said that the “movement not to have children owing to fears over climate change is growing and impacting fertility rates quicker than any preceding trend in the field of fertility decline,” reported CNBC.
The bottom line, a dark force is changing the marriage culture
Pew research in 2020 indicates that more than half of Americans say marriage is not essential to leading a fulfilling life. Thanks to how Hollywood and social media platforms portray a happy life—devoid of conservative morals.