A friend recently shared some news: His youngest child, a successful professional, was getting married in September, finally. Did he approve of the nuptials? “She’s 32,” he answered in a deadpan manner. “I’m just happy she’s getting married.” While the boomer father liked his future son-in-law, the young couple had been living together for a few years. Dad had expected them to get married a lot sooner. What were they waiting for?
The couple was following the path taken by many others: A new Pew Research survey, titled “Millennials: Unmoored from Institutions,” found this generation is “in no rush to get married.” Just 26 percent of millennials are married, compared with almost half of their boomer parents at the same age.