These days people are calling the twenties the new teens, the thirties the new twenties, and so on. And marriage patterns are falling right in line with that way of thinking.
Trends show that people are waiting longer to get married. In 1960 the average age of newlyweds was 23 years old; in 2009 it was 28.
CBS interviewed Care.com's Robi Ludwig and Pop Goes the Week editor Brian Balthazar to discuss this trend.
"A lot of people in this generation, their parents got divorced, their friends' parents got divorced. So they're like, why would I want to put myself through that?" said Balthazar.
There are other reasons to wait, too. Being older generally means you're in a better financial situation, have more education under your belt and are more mature. "If you get married young and you don't know who you are, the chances of that relationship lasting can be very slim," said Ludwig.
TV and movies are also affecting young people's attitudes toward marriage, as they compare their problematic, real-life relationships to the perfect fairy tales depicted on screen. "This idea of a soul mate can actually be damaging," Ludwig said.
Watch the entire interview below:
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