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The Stunning Divorce Rate in America

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It was once thought the divorce rate in the United States was extremely high, probably due to the change in culture from the 1930’s to the present. Gone are the days when the American dream was to have two kids, a dog and a house with a white picket fence. Nowadays it’s safe to say that because we live our lives in the fast lane with access to technologies like personal drones, online dating and mobile phones that talk; marriage is quickly becoming a thing of the past and the divorce rate should be at its highest in history, right? Think again!

According to the New York Times’ data blog Upshot, the divorce rate has actually been dropping for some time now. Based on the stats, the Times may have shed some light by suggesting that the high divorce rate of the late 1970s and early 1980s may have just been a “historical anomaly,” rather than a trend.

Below is a snapshot of the divorce rate trends as suggested by the New York Times:

About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary, up from roughly 65 percent of those that began in the 1970s and 1980s. And couples who wed in the 2000s are divorcing at even lower rates.
The feminist movement of the 1970s played a considerable role in where the divorce rate is now, according to economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfer. As women entered the work force and gained reproductive rights, marriage began to evolve into its“modern-day form, based on love and shared passions, and often two incomes and shared housekeeping duties.”
The fact that people are marrying later in life, resulting in more mature marriages, has helped matters, too. The median age for marriage in the 1950s was 23 for men and 20 for women. In 2004, it rose to 27 for men and 26 for women.
If numbers continue to go down, roughly two-thirds of marriages will never involve divorce, according to data from Wolfers.

Here’s a thought to ponder:
Now that the laws surrounding same sex marriage have since been passed by the U.S. Supreme Court effectively adding an entirely new dynamic to the equation, exactly how will the divorce rate be affected in the future?

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