Millennials have a complicated relationship with marriage.
Adults in their 20s and 30s are putting off marriage and having children until later in life. According to census data, the average age for a first marriage is 27 for women and 29 for men; in urban areas like Washington, D.C., and New York City, those averages are even higher. What is the reason?
Jennifer Behnke, a marriage and family therapist who works primarily with millennials in Juno Beach, Florida says that the economy or job stress plays a factor but there is another part to the story. Many millennials have exceptionally high standards for what a marriage should look like, and are not willing to settle.
“They’re not looking for their mother’s marriage,” she said. “Since they’re waiting longer to have kids, the priority in the relationship is cultivating a sense of happiness and fulfillment with their partner.”
Millennials are looking for a partner who can fulfill all their needs: They want a financial equal, an erotic partner, a best friend, and some day, a strong co-parent.
“They won’t stay in a relationship that’s lacking,” she said. “Millennials know there are plenty of fish in the sea or on dating apps, many of whom would happily meet their standards.”
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