This Is Why Millennials Are Great at Marriage
Lurking under the ever-present whimsy of Pinterest wedding planning inspo and the blinding sparkle of that stunning engagement ring you’ve been coveting is one (very) scary word: divorce. We hate to kill the romantic mood, but we all know the facts — we millennials were raised in a world of rising separation statistics. The upside? It seems that our generation has learned from those that came before us, because divorce rates are down for Gen Y. Go millennials, right? Another interesting stat potentially related to this trend, though, is a decrease in marriage rates too.
According to data released in late 2016 from Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research’s 2015 family profiles, divorce rates have been dropping consistently for three years in a row. As of 2015, the divorce rate was down 25 percent compared to 1980. At this stage, the decline can be attributed — at least in part — to a generation gap.
“We’ve seen a decline in divorce among people who are younger and an increase among people who are older,” Wendy Manning, of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, told Bloomberg.
It’ll be a few years before we can really confirm whether or not millennials will continue beating the divorce odds by staying in their marriages long term, but what we already know is that this generation is less likely to say “I do” in the first place, particularly at younger ages. According to 2016 Census data, the average age for a first marriage is now 27 for women and 29 for men. These numbers have been steadily increasing for the last several decades.
Information collected from Gallup daily tracking and released in 2016 reflects a similar trend. Based on this data, 27 percent of millennials were married in 2014, while according to historical Census data, 36 percent of Generation Xers, 48 percent of baby boomers, and 65 percent of traditionalists were married when they were at comparable ages to those millennials.
From where we sit, it seems like part of the secret to millennials’ successful (at least, so far) marriages is the fact that they’re making that major lifetime commitment later. Samantha Daniels, relationship expert and founder of The Dating Lounge app, credits pickiness and lack of marriage pressure with this trend.
“The societal ideals of getting married and starting a family in your 20s are fading fast, thanks to millennials,” Samantha says. “This generation is less likely to settle down immediately post-college, since the time is ripe for career development. At this point, [millennials] have a strong sense of self and are ready to find someone who accepts them as they are.”
Wedding coordinator Bianca Hendricks has observed a similar pattern of slower, more deliberate consideration among young couples. “Millennials are taking their time,” she says. “They’re college-educated, get a job after school, and are living at home longer. They believe they’re taking the time to get to know one another and live together. They do research when it comes to making major life decisions.” Absolutely.
Regardless of the why, we’re certainly happy to be part of the declining divorce rate. With a lot of love, more thoughtful decision-making, and a little luck, we’ll (fingers crossed) see it continue in the years to come.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)