Marriage on the Decline?

New numbers show more Americans are staying single.
2:12 | 12/14/11

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Pew research institute revealed today. More Americans than ever before are single in fact. The number of married couples is now down 5%. In one year why what is going not. ABC's Andrea canning explains. The new data reveals just how rapidly the American family is changing. In 1967. 2% of adults tied the knot. By 198862%. Today only half of American adults are married. And the trend lines are pointing down. People are waiting until longer to get married. People have other options such as co habitation women have more options economically -- incomes are going out. Researchers say both men and women today feel marriage simply isn't high on their priorities. In fact among young Americans 44%. Believe marriage is becoming obsolete. Complete -- GT Howard is happy to be on her own. -- mother married at eighteen her grandmother at fifteen but she's now forty years old and choosing to be single. You've been a bridesmaid fourteen times -- think at this point you'll ever be a -- I'm not sure. But I am certain that -- will never settle for the wrong guy. Just for the sake of to. He married. It's a -- not everyone is embracing besides the argument that marriage has a critical social value it's also an issue of dollars and cents. Marriage foster's savings from the part of -- amendment more. Americans are not getting and staying married. Puts the American dream imperil. What the new research shows it's inevitable. Some -- soon a majority of Americans will not be married. Something Kate Pollack a writer who is study the trends says isn't the downfall of the American dream but simply a re definition of -- It doesn't mean that loans and partnership is going -- it means that we're changing our definitions of what -- partnership it is. And one other interesting trend a good trend while -- couples are putting off marriage until later in life. The divorce rate in America is trending down so dot -- and those who are choosing to get married a lot of people are staying married.

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