This one caught my eye as it came across the wire this morning — a new study from the Pew Research Center shows that a record 20 percent of Americans aged 25 years and older have never been married.
Certainly, some of this increase is caused by many millennials opting to put off marriage and family because of mounting college debt and the poor job market of the Great Recession era. Thirty-four percent of those 25 to 34 cited financial security as the main reason for not being married, compared to 20 percent of those 35 and older.
But at the same time, there has been a massive shift in attitudes over the last 50 years that has resulted in the larger number of unmarried adults from 9 percent in 1960. Younger adults are much more likely to say marriage and family are not as important as older adults think it is.
With boating being such a family activity, it’s a trend that’s worth watching as people delay or forgo altogether getting married and having children. On the other hand, for certain boat categories, unmarried adults may have more money to spend without the responsibilities of family. After all, as those of us who have them can attest, raising kids ain’t cheap.
There’s plenty more interesting info in the study, so be sure to check it out.