Partners & Parenting | Aug 03, 2012
Millennial Guys Marrying Later
Marriage viewed as more risky than child-rearing
A report compiled by AdAge in partnership with GfK MRI says Millennial-aged men are marrying later but having children at a younger age than prior generations. They believe the shift is more about changing values than the impact of economic factors, such as the trend of adult children living with their parents to ride out a poor economy.
The Millennial generation of men feels no stigma associated with unmarried parenting, and many have two children before they marry. About 70% want to marry but they take it very seriously, viewing it as a contract in which your financial lives and property are tied together—an altogether bigger commitment than having children. Child-raising is viewed as something then can do independently, but they want to take their time finding the right lifetime partner. For these men, tying property together is “a far bigger sign of trust.”