Why Are We Helping the Bad Guys?
LAST CHANCE: Special 48 Hour Townhall Blowout Sale
Does Nikki Haley Have a Vaccine Mandate Issue?
Kathy Hochul Is Getting Wrecked for Her George Santos Expulsion Tweet
We're Tired of Soft-Spine Conservatives
Federal Court: Trump NOT Immune From January 6 Lawsuits
Showing How the Flood of ‘Trump Is a Nazi!’ Reports Have Nothing to...
Here We Go Again? There's Talk of a Travel Ban From China Over...
Uncle of Boys Held Hostage Says Hamas Branded the Children in Captivity
Watch When An Entire Diner Says They're Voting for Trump
Joe Biden Snubs His Seventh Granddaughter Again This Christmas
House Committee Chairmen Reaffirm: No Special Treatment for Hunter Biden
Gavin Newsom Refused to Answer Questions During Thursday's Debate, Including on This Liber...
Texas AG Sues Pfizer, Alleging Company Misrepresented the Efficacy of the COVID-19 Vaccine
Brown University President Edits Remarks in Real Time When Confronted by Anti-Israel Heckl...

Well, Duh: Of Course COVID Had a Detrimental Impact on an Often Ignored Aspect of Society

AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has had a detrimental impact on the world: physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. The impact of the virus can be felt in all aspects of society, from shopping at the grocery store to figuring out how to make rent on time.

We have heard about how mental health is declining across the country and suicides are up. We have heard about how divorce rates are up. But the one thing we have not heard about – until now – is how the Wuhan coronavirus is impacting marriages.

According to a study published in Socuius, the American Sociological Association's online web journal, marriages plummeted in 2020.

Researchers compared marriage rates in Florida, Hawaii, the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and the Seattle metro area. They chose to look at Florida and Hawaii to compare their responses to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Hawaii issued strict lockdown orders early on and have reopened very, very slowly. Florida, on the other hand, remained relatively open, with few restrictions.

Between March – when the pandemic began – and July, Florida saw a 26 percent decrease in marriages from 2019. Hawaii shared similar results, which began to climb in April. The island saw a 44 percent decrease in marriages, but that is, in large part, because of "destination weddings" being canceled.

Between March and August of 2020, marriages dropped 27 percent in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Marriage applications in Seattle through September were down about 15 percent.

“As an institution, marriage has important implications for the well-being and health of couples and their offspring, individual behaviors, and legal protections for partners,” the researchers warned.

Of course, couples are going to decide to hold off on getting married. Most people have families and friends that live in different areas, including in various states. Some have family members and friends that live in other parts of the world. Everyone wants to share their special day with those they are closest to. Couples are more likely to postpone their wedding and wait until the pandemic is over so they can gather with loved ones and celebrate, especially if there are attendees that are older or have underlying medical conditions.

The other issue couples who are getting married face: finances. With the economy still in free fall, no one knows whether or not they will have a job tomorrow. That is a big weight to take on when planning a wedding (depending on how many people are showing up, the type of venue, and what guests are being fed).

There are concerns that marriage will be thrown by the wayside and Americans will refrain from starting families.

“This decline has thus far shown few signs of stopping, or even slowing and leading indicators are consistent with continued declines relative to pre-pandemic levels," the researchers concluded.

Whether or not this trend will continue in the United States, no one knows. Right now, people are more concerned with staying afloat, with having a job, a roof over their head and food to eat instead of spending their income on things like wedding dresses, flowers, and expensive venues. People are having to prioritize what is most important. And a fancy wedding is at the bottom of the list.


Trending on Townhall Videos