TIME magazine recently made headlines with a new study claiming four out of ten Americans consider marriage obsolete and happily embrace “new types of families.”
Actually, the heavily-hyped survey features figures that contradict such conclusions, showing an overwhelming majority of young people still want to marry, with only 5 percent saying they will never marry. This follows census figures showing that more than 90 percent of Americans who have passed the age of 40 have married at least once, and that far more first marriages end in death rather than divorce.
Moreover, few Americans are proud of the fact that 40 percent of children are born out of wedlock; even in the black community with its minority of two-parent families, 74 percent believe that bearing a child outside of marriage is a bad idea. When respondents tell pollsters marriage is “obsolete” they’re thinking of all the misleading, trendy articles--like the foolish TIME piece--that become self-fulfilling prophecies in public perceptions of what’s in style.
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