9/26/2007

Shorter, but more marriages

According to census data released last week, only about 50% married Americans ever get to celebrate their 25th year together, down from nearly 70% married in the late 1950s who made it to the quarter-century mark. The rest were widowed, divorced, or separated beforehand.
(Maybe Hallmark should cut back on the silver anniversary cards, I may add.)
The new trend data also revealed that most Americans make only one trip down the aisle during their lives. Even if they don't succeed in marriage the first time, Americans try, try again. In 2004, 12% of men and 13% of women had married twice, and 3% were hoping the 3rd time would be the charm.

7 comments:

aikawayen said...

hello there,i found ur blog is interesting...
can u do me a favour??
can i know What are 18% of people in the world capable of?

Mike said...

31 years and still going. I'm thinking maybe when we hit 35 I'll let her out of the basement.

Mike said...

Here's a present for you. You'll have to buy a book to find out the whole story. Unless you have a library near by.

http://bvnla.blogspot.com/2007_09_27_archive.html

Amanda said...

These are sad statistics. I love being married but it really is something that needs to be worked at. Not like a job when you can quit whenever you don't feel like it anymore.

Bilbo said...

Agnes and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary, so I guess that makes us part of that special 50%. Of course, we were both divorced beforehand, so we're also part of the other side of the statistic. The decline in the perceived social stigma of divorce in America probably contributes to the rise in the number of failed marriages.

John said...

26 yrs and counting. Amanda is right. It does take work. Congrats to Mike and Bilbo on your long term marriages.

Wildcat0695 said...

Marriage takes an unfair pounding, but our society has moved towards such me first attitude that it has devalued marriage. In marriage you often have to put the other person first.

Some people never truly become one outside of the bed, and even in the bed, but I digress.