Baby Boomers Are Over Marriage

by | Apr 16, 2017

In 2017, couples 50 years and older are choosing to remain unmarried or are seeking divorces. “Gray divorce” has become a household term and could be due to living in a digital age where constant gratification also meets quick ramification.

The same can be said for younger generations who prefer to develop a stronger relationship before making the commitment to marry.

Divorce is increasing as marriages are pushed further back. Is this just a modern trend or is this the wiser solution to finding better, long-lasting marriages?

More Americans 50 years and older are copying younger generations and eschewing marriage, opting instead to live with their partners, according to new research.


In 2016 about 18 million Americans were cohabiting, defined as living with an unmarried partner, and nearly a quarter of them were people over 50, an increase of 75 percent since 2007, data released on Thursday from Pew Research Center showed.


“Baby Boomers have a higher divorce rate and there are a greater number of unmarried people in that age group” than previously, Pew research analyst Renee Stepler said in an interview Thursday.


Government figures show that so-called “gray divorce,” or splits among adults 50 and over, has about doubled since the 1990s and could partly account for the increase in cohabitation.


Fewer marriages, changing social norms and women’s greater economic independence are other explanations for the rise, Stepler added.

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