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The Millennial Generation, 'Neil Howe And William Strauss' Generations

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The millennial generation, which was so named by the authors of the book “Generations” Neil Howe and William Strauss, are a generation set apart. In fact, their proclivity to bunk tradition and make their own way is one of the reasons Howe and Strauss came up with the name millennial generation. Even though the generation was still young at the time during the writing of their book, they could see that the millennials were different from all the generations that came before. One of the most notable differences is their desire to avoid marriage. Not relationships, but the institute of marriage. As a millennial yourself, you likely wonder why relationships are lived out differently in your generation. Read below to learn what the statistics reveal and determine if the move away from marriage is good or bad for society:
The Data Reveals Interesting Trends:
Although it is clear that millennials don’t want to get married, data shows they are not opposed to the institution itself. A 2014 Pew Research poll found that only 4 percent of millennials are against marriage itself. An overwhelming majority of 61 percent say they do want to get married, just not now. This data shows that millennialls aren’t really against marriage itself but instead …show more content…

In other words, in the eyes of past generations, living together was no substitute for getting married. Today’s generation though sees cohabitation as a valid and even superior alternative to traditional marriage, since around a quarter of young adults aged 25 to 34 are currently living with a partner. Perhaps the shift from marriage to cohabitation reveals a difference in priorities or a move away from the previous generation’s religious beliefs. After all, most of the previous generation considered marriage a holy institution and therefore a requirement for a person of faith. So, we know the millennials think differently about marriage, but

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